Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Australia will have about 80 minutes to negotiate today. See you in a short bit with New Zealand bowling to Warner and Burns

65.4
W
Bird to Watling, OUT, finally New Zealand's innings comes to an end. Watling is caught at deep point. You won't see that many times, but New Zealand have been looking to bat aggressively because while they want runs, they also want Australia to bat while the ball is still seaming around

BJ Watling c Burns b Bird 58 (83m 57b 9x4 0x6) SR: 101.75

65.3
4
Bird to Watling, FOUR runs, now Watling slogs, and Voges is lobbed because he is two-thirds the way to the midwicket boundary. He also seems to have picked it a little late, and the flying attempt from Voges is not enough
65.2
3
Bird to Boult, 3 runs, down the wicket, mis-hits this over point, takes three, puts Watling back on strike
65.1
0
Bird to Boult, no run, Boult backs away and swings again, but this time straight to mid-on. Nice little Dhoni-like whip at the end of the foll0w-through

END OF OVER:
65 | 2 Runs | NZ: 363/9

  • Trent Boult11 (8b)
  • BJ Watling54 (55b)
  • James Pattinson15-2-81-2
  • Jackson Bird14-4-59-1
64.6
1
Pattinson to Boult, 1 run, stays away from the line of the ball and defends with an open face. As the ball goes deep into the off side, they think they can take two, but in the end they have to do with one, which puts Boult on strike
64.5
1
Pattinson to Watling, 1 run, length ball outside off, takes the single this time with a push to deep cover
64.4
0
Pattinson to Watling, no run, looks to open the face on this short-of-a-length delivery on middle stump. Beaten by the bounce
64.3
0
Pattinson to Watling, no run, bouncer, Watling is on his floor as he gets out of his way and tries the ramp at the same time
64.2
0
Pattinson to Watling, no run, makes room to drive in front of deep point. They can take two if they push, but they don't even go for the first
64.1
0
Pattinson to Watling, no run, yorker, dug out towards deep point, and they don't take the single

END OF OVER:
64 | 11 Runs | NZ: 361/9

  • Trent Boult10 (7b)
  • BJ Watling53 (50b)
  • Jackson Bird14-4-59-1
  • James Pattinson14-2-79-2
63.6
0
Bird to Boult, no run, nice copy-book forward push back to the bowler
63.5
0
Bird to Boult, no run, makes room and swing. Beaten outside off. Or even perhaps over off stump
63.4
1
Bird to Watling, 1 run, down the wicket and away from the stumps again, but the inside edge goes only for a single this time
63.3
4
Bird to Watling, FOUR runs, down the wicket, looks to pull a ball that skids along, and the bottom edge goes past the keeper down the leg side for a four that brings up his fifty. Has to be his fastest
63.2
2
Bird to Watling, 2 runs, more luck for NZ. How is this happening? Watling slogs, gets a massive edge, but it lands safely behind the keeper
63.1
4
Bird to Watling, FOUR runs, wide full ball, almost out of Watling's reach, almost into mid-off's hands. But Watling manages enough connection on this drive to send this over mid-off

END OF OVER:
63 | 7 Runs | NZ: 350/9

  • Trent Boult10 (5b)
  • BJ Watling42 (46b)
  • James Pattinson14-2-79-2
  • Josh Hazlewood18-5-98-2
62.6
0
Pattinson to Boult, no run, chipped into the leg side but he doesn't take the single
62.5
1
Pattinson to Watling, 1 run, makes room again, and drives a full ball to the other side of deep point for a single
62.4
4
Pattinson to Watling, FOUR runs, more and more salt is being rubbed into the wounds. Watling gives him the charge early, Pattinson bowls short, and he cuts this well in front of deep point for four
62.3
0
Pattinson to Watling, no run, bouncer, down the leg side, and he ducks under it
62.2
0
Pattinson to Watling, no run, makes room and drives this full ball to mid-off
62.1
2
Pattinson to Watling, 2 runs, full, on the pads, clipped in front of deep midwicket for a couple more

Pattinson comes back into the attack

No more undefeated

0

No. of home Tests lost by NZ under McCullum, before this series in 12 Tests. They lost both the Tests and also lost the first home series under him.

Only one higher

1

No. of times NZ set a higher target than 201 against Aus in NZ. They had set 210 in Hamilton in 1999-00 which Aus won by 6 wkts.

Another record

0

No. of NZ batsmen who reached 4000 Test runs in fewer innings and at a younger age than Kane Williamson. He did it in 89 inns at age of 25 years, 199 days.

Finishes high

170

No. of runs by McCullum in his final Test - most by any captain. Karl Nunes had made 158 runs (66 & 92) in his last Test as captain for WI v Eng, Kingston, 1930.

Safe Hands

17

No. of catches taken by fielders in the first 2 inns - most in any Test. There were 16 catches in the first 2 inns in NZ v Ind, Hyderabad, 1988-89.

New high

159*

Previous highest individual score by an Aus opener in NZ - 159 by Ian Redpath, Auckland, 1973-74. Joe Burns has gone past that score.

Cracking stand

9.76

Run rate in the 179-run stand between McCullum and Anderson - highest in a stand of 150 or more in Tests (where balls known).

Fastest ever

54

No. of balls required by McCullum to bring up his 100 in this match - fastest in Test cricket history. Prev fastest: 56 balls by V Richards & Misbah.

Another blast?

195

McCullum's score in his only previous Test inns at Hagley Oval in Christchurch - 195 off 134 (with 11 sixes) vs SL, 2014-15.

Elected to field, again

1

No. of previous Tests at Hagley oval in Christchurch, before this. SL had chose to field first in that Test as well and NZ won by 8 wks then scoring 441 in 1st inns.