Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    1.4 Bowled him! 140kph inswinger straight through the gate! Full and swinging down the line of leg stump, he tries whip through forward square, leaves a gaping hole between bat and pad, it brushes the front pad and then crashes into middle and leg stump! Way too good. He tried to play too square 1/2
    0.5 caught and bowled! Leading edge just popped back to Starc! 144kph, back of a length angled into leg, it held in the surface, climbed and straightened, he closed the face of the bat trying to work through the leg side, it popped off the shoulder of the bat and looped back to Starc who took it casually in his follow through 1/1
    22.4 Smith takes a blinder at second slip. Quick ball by Starc, on a length and moving away and it draws a poke and an edge from Williamson. It was flying at pace but Smith went airborne and was horizontal to his right at full stretch while plucking the ball out of the air. 77/3
    45.6 everybody saw it coming. And it's all because of that one ball in his first over. That one giant monster of an offbreak that sneaked through bat and pad and nearly bowled Taylor has created demons. He doesn't know how much Lyon is turning the ball and as a result he's often been playing inside the line of the ball. Here too, a tossed up delivery, all tempting like, draws Taylor towards it. He tries to block it out but the ball dips, turns only just, juuuust enough to take the outside edge and land safely in Smith's hands. Masterful stuff from Lyon. 147/7
    28.5 caught down the legside!. Starc was looking for that line, gave up a few runs off the last two balls, but this one was a bit straighter and Nicholls thought he was getting some more free runs, but he didn't make proper connection with the flick. Gets a thin touch that a gleeful Paine holds on to. Third wicket for Starc 97/4
    28.6 castled him first ball! Full swinging delivery that is too good for a nightwatchman. Might have been too good for a main batsman too. Swung in late, landed at his feet and snuck through to break the stumps. He was a bit late in bringing down his bat I suppose but that was just a great ball to a lower order batsman. 97/5
    37.3 softened him up! Or that's what everyone says anyway when a batsman is bowled after facing a short ball. Watling is slow in getting forward here. He has the right idea, the ball did need to be played. But Cummins has cranked it up. A 142 kph length ball kicks just a bit higher than he thinks it will, comes at him just a bit faster than he is ready for and it thuds into the bat even as he is still getting into the shot and ricochets onto the stumps. Spectacular bowling from Cummins. Just pure effort. Pure pain-barrier breaking effort 120/6
    46.6 caught at second slip! Everyone waited for Aleem Dar. He took an age to give it. Then did. Then de Grandhomme reviewed after discussing with Santner. Was this off the helmet rather than glove? It was a brute of a bouncer straight at his face, he thrust the gloves up in hope. Did it touch the glove onto helmet and then to Smith at second? Nothing on hot spot. RTS seems inconclusive. It definitely came flush off the helmet. But there's no conclusive evidence for Marias Erasmus to overturn Aleem Dar's onfield decision. So it stays out! 155/8
    54.4 bowled him through the gate with a classic leg break! Beautifully bowled. Tossed up into the footmarks outside Santner's off stump, he drives against the turn, it spins sharply through the gate and crashes into off stump! Shades of the King in that one 166/9
    55.2 sliced to backward point and an easy catch for Neser! Lyon tossed it up, Southee's eyes lit up, he skipped down and tried to launch, he didn't quite get there, sliced across it as it didn't turn as much, it sliced high to backward point and Neser cruised around to take the catch easily 166/10
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    TOTAL
    166 all out (55.2 Overs, RR: 3.0)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Tom Latham, 0.5 ov), 2-1 (Jeet Raval, 1.4 ov), 3-77 (Kane Williamson, 22.4 ov), 4-97 (Henry Nicholls, 28.5 ov), 5-97 (Neil Wagner, 28.6 ov), 6-120 (BJ Watling, 37.3 ov), 7-147 (Ross Taylor, 45.6 ov), 8-155 (Colin de Grandhomme, 46.6 ov), 9-166 (Mitchell Santner, 54.4 ov), 10-166 (Tim Southee, 55.2 ov)
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    17.6 caught at mid off! A mistake from Warner. This was a length ball and he tried to pull, it got big on him and hurried him, he spooned it off the splice and it floated to mid on with Blundell coming in to take the catch. Warner lost control of the bat after he hit it, such was the surprise 44/1
    47.2 caught at gully! A brute that flies off the gloves! 128kph, from around the wicket, banged in, it reared at him, he jumped and fended, punching it off the gloves into the gully, Nicholls does well, low to his left to take the catch 148/3
    42.2 mis-hit pull shot to forward square! Wagner gets him again! This was banged in, cramping him for room, he tried to pull, he clothed it, completely mis-hit it straight to Santner who took an easy catch at forward square 131/2
    50.1 caught at deep square! Wagner sucks him in again! Another short ball, he took on the pull shot, he hit it flat and hard but straight to Raval who is about 30 metres from the rope for that exact shot and he takes the catching rolling to his right! Wagner is a marvel. 154/4
    63.5 caught at deep square! A chest high short ball at 120kph, he takes on the pull shot with a man out, which he didn't do against Wagner, hits it flat but not out of the middle and straight to Raval running in from deep square. Good catch from Raval again 189/8
    51.6 caught at leg gully! That was always going to happen. He had been riding his luck glancing fine of leg gully and short of him. This was short into the hip, he played away from the body, and glanced it straight to him. Easy catch for de Grandhomme. It was like catching practice. 160/5
    53.2 Bowled him! Good length angled from around the wicket. It was a scrambled seam, Paine pushed from the crease but played down the wrong line, it just wobbled in a touch, beat the inside edge and lit up the top of middle! 160/6
    62.6 caught down the leg side! Another for Wagner. Back of a length down leg, he shuffled back and across to glance, got a little tickle of the face of the bat and it was an easy catch for Watling 180/7
    69.1 caught at a catching third man! Length ball angled across Starc, he tried to hit this to Rottnest island, heaving across the line, he gets a thick edge that flies to Taylor who has been smartly placed at a fine catching third man. Easy catch. Five for Southee. His best performance against Australia 217/9
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    TOTAL
    217/9d (69.1 Overs, RR: 3.13)
    Did not bat: JR Hazlewood
    Fall of wickets: 1-44 (David Warner, 17.6 ov), 2-131 (Marnus Labuschagne, 42.2 ov), 3-148 (Joe Burns, 47.2 ov), 4-154 (Steven Smith, 50.1 ov), 5-160 (Travis Head, 51.6 ov), 6-160 (Tim Paine, 53.2 ov), 7-180 (Pat Cummins, 62.6 ov), 8-189 (Matthew Wade, 63.5 ov), 9-217 (Mitchell Starc, 69.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    TG Southee21.166953.2530
    C de Grandhomme1724712.7613
    N Wagner2345932.5643
    MJ Santner803504.3700
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    6.2 goodbye and goodnight, Jeet! Short of length on off, he jabs at this with hard hands, the ball hits a crack and bounces extra to lob off the shoulder of the bat and Lyon takes a dolly at point. A forgettable Test for Jeet Raval. 6/1
    23.3 lbw appeal, given not out! The Australians are laughing and reviewing. It drifted in and slid on. He went back and was hit on the back pad infront of leg. No bat. He was very deep on the crease. Hawkeye had it smashing middle and leg! What was Aleem Dar watching? That looked plumb live. Latham is out via review. 57/4
    9.1 gone! Sharp turn, bounce, jab from Williamson and a simple catch at short leg. This one turned a mile, Williamson taken aback by the bounce, off the glove, thigh pad and easy catch. Lyon is on a hat-trick 21/2
    22.4 caught behind! Under-edge trying to pull! 145kph, back of a length outside off, he tried to pull again but maybe it wasn't quite short enough, he got a thin bottom edge, Paine took the straight forward chance. Big scalp for Starc. Seven in the match now. 57/3
    39.4 drifts in from around the stumps, Nicholls looks to work it with the angle past short leg with his bat well in front of the pad, but this one hits the pad and then lobs off the back of the bat on the rebound. Head dives full-length forward and plucks out a one-handed catch. And with that, they'll take tea. 98/5
    60.6 has he tickled this down leg while trying to get out of the way? Yes, he has! Targeted at his ribcage, Watling is unmoved. Australia review. Hotspot shows a very faint mark on the glove, so the onfield decision will have to be reversed and Watling's defiance has been broken. Excellent decision to review. 154/7
    59.3 got him, got him! Superb delivery. A lifter from around the stumps into CDG's body, he looks to fend but can only get some glove on this as it deflects to Smith, who takes a good low catch at slip. 154/6
    61.5 hostile bowling right out of the top drawer! Another short ball, a snorter which Santner looks to get out of the way, but this is so furiously fast that it thuds into his glove even as he looks away. Travis Head at silly point is right on the money as he grabs the deflection! 154/8
    65.3 edged, taken and that's the Test for Australia. This one drifts away and skids through, Southee plays down the wrong line to get a thin edge and Smith does the rest. 171/10
    62.6 snorter! Gets the edge in trying to fend another short ball, kisses the edge through to Paine. Australia one strike away as Lockie comes out at No. 11 163/9
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    TOTAL
    171 all out (65.3 Overs, RR: 2.61)
    Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Jeet Raval, 6.2 ov), 2-21 (Kane Williamson, 9.1 ov), 3-57 (Ross Taylor, 22.4 ov), 4-57 (Tom Latham, 23.3 ov), 5-98 (Henry Nicholls, 39.4 ov), 6-154 (Colin de Grandhomme, 59.3 ov), 7-154 (BJ Watling, 60.6 ov), 8-154 (Mitchell Santner, 61.5 ov), 9-163 (Neil Wagner, 62.6 ov), 10-171 (Tim Southee, 65.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    MA Starc1454543.2100
    PJ Cummins1963121.6321
    NM Lyon22.336342.8000
    TM Head511302.6000
    M Labuschagne501302.6000

Close of Play

  • Thu, 12 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 248/4 (M Labuschagne 110*, TM Head 20*, 90 ov)
  • Fri, 13 Dec - day 2 - New Zealand 1st innings 109/5 (LRPL Taylor 66*, BJ Watling 0*, 32 ov)
  • Sat, 14 Dec - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 167/6 (MS Wade 8*, PJ Cummins 1*, 57 ov)
  • Sun, 15 Dec - day 4 - New Zealand 2nd innings 171 (65.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

New Zealand 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
6JA RavalTWM Latham
15KS WilliamsonTWM Latham
36LRPL TaylorTWM Latham
0TWM LathamHM Nicholls
41BJ WatlingHM Nicholls
56C de GrandhommeBJ Watling
0BJ WatlingMJ Santner
0TG SoutheeMJ Santner
9TG SoutheeN Wagner
8TG SoutheeLH Ferguson

ICC World Test Championship

TeamMWLDPTSWRpWr
INDIA770036032.897
AUS1072129621.604
ENG73318600.936
PAK41218010.765
SL41218000.589
NZ51406000.698
SA51403000.500
WI2020000.411
BDESH2020000.304