Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LRPL Taylor
40(51) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 11 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 4 8 3 0 0
MJ Clarke
98(217) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 2 0 2 2 0 2 6

Best performances - Bowlers

TG Southee
O18.0
M3
R63
W4
Eco3.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MG Johnson
O8.0
M3
R30
W4
Eco3.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Australia have won by 149 runs and that'll make them feel a lot better after a difficult tour of India. They were put in to bat in difficult conditions and things didn't look very rosy when they were bowled out for 214. However, they exploited the fragile batting of the visitors and got a handy first-innings lead. It was game on when Matt Hayden fell first ball but Katich's heroics made the difference. A target of 327 was always going to be tough for NZ despite the conditions easing out. The two late strikes last evening will bite for a while. New Zealand will have to capitalise on the better batting conditions at Adelaide.

Here's Vettori: "It's been a trend for a while now. We need one or two guys to stand up and score hundreds. There's some talented guys in the line-up. It's just a question of self belief.

Ponting: "We didn't have the best of games but it feels good to bounce back. We came to Brisbane after 6-7 weeks in India so out batsmen were a bit underprepared for the conditions. Hopefully our batsmen can get better in Adelaide. We're going to have to work a lot harder down there to get wickets. To get two late wickets last night was always a bonus."

Mitchell Johnson is the Man of the Match: "Good to get back on a nice and bouncy track. I felt pretty good back in India, I like to hit the deck hard. Me and Clark bowl well as a unit."

I would have given it to Katich, but Johnson was quite deadly with his pace and nip.

Thanks for your company though this Test. Thanks for the mails. I enjoyed bringing this interesting game to you. Join us for the second and final Test on Friday at the Adelaide Oval. On behalf of the crew, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!

54.3
W
Johnson to Martin, OUT, comes round the wicket and hits the middle stump, fires that full and quick, Martin exposes all three stumps and the ball crashes onto the base of middle, Johnson has 5 for 39, his best figures in Tests and his first five-wicket haul
54.2
0
Johnson to Martin, no run, bangs it towards the pads, he hops and gets an thin inside edge onto his pads
54.1
0
Johnson to Martin, no run, wasted delivery, slides it wide outside off and Martin's not interested in chasing that

END OF OVER:
54 | 13 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 177/9

  • TG Southee12 (7b)
  • CS Martin1 (1b)
  • SR Clark17-5-43-4
  • MG Johnson17-6-39-4
53.6
6
Clark to Southee, SIX runs, take that! Southee makes room early and Clark follows him but overpitches on the pads, he gives it a whack and it lands a few rows over long-on
53.5
0
Clark to Southee, no run, attempts another one, he makes room but gets an inside edge on to his pads
53.4
6
Clark to Southee, SIX runs, well well, Southee decides to have some fun and he backs away and scoops a full delivery down to the sightscreen

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LRPL Taylor
40(51) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 11 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 4 8 3 0 0
MJ Clarke
98(217) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 2 0 2 2 0 2 6

Best performances - Bowlers

TG Southee
O18.0
M3
R63
W4
Eco3.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MG Johnson
O8.0
M3
R30
W4
Eco3.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF