Australia defeated Black Caps by a large margin of 208 runs before lunch on the 5th day of the First Test Match, moving 1-0 in the 3-match test series. Australian attack made sure that they sum up the opponent’s innings before the rain again interrupts the play just like it did the previous day.
New Zealand 2nd innings dismissed on 295 runs and couldn’t resist the bowlers. It was skipper Brendon and Ross Taylor who began the play on Monday to make a tough draw. McCullum fought hard by scoring 80 runs in just 80 runs but the thrilling batting didn’t last long as he was caught behind in a controversial way. Then Doug Bracewell was lbw on the very next delivery giving Mitchell Marsh a chance to to make his career’s first hat-trick, but he failed to secure.
Off Spinner Nathan Lyon (3 wickets for 63 runs) and Mitchell Marsh (2 wickets for 69 runs) were the lead bowlers to befall NZ batsman. They were following the massive target of 504 and only the bad weather can stop them having the hope alive for them to draw.
Resuming the play on 142-3, Australia needed just 7 wickets to go 1-0 in the Test series but Brendon’s aggressive nature rode his batting to the crease with creating some more chance to give a slight hope for NZ as the milestone almost seemed impossible.
After Ross Taylor departed, it was Neesham who came to bat to rule out the pace attack of Australia including Starc, Hazlewood and Mitchell Johnson. But Neesham fall on Johnson’s stunner and made him the prey of his career’s 310th test wicket leveling with Brett Lee. Johnson is now the 4th leading wicket-taker bowler in Test Cricket of Australia. The next match will start on Friday at Perth & Black Caps will try to regain the lost prestige.
There has been some word-war between the two dignitary captains before when Steven Smith slammed a comment to Brendon labelling him ‘Immature’ which seemed like a ‘None of his business’ comment as Smith seemed rude.
Article publié pour la première fois le 09/11/2015