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RESULT
1st Test, Brisbane, November 20 - 23, 2008, New Zealand tour of Australia
214 & 268
(T:327) 156 & 177

Australia won by 149 runs

Player Of The Match
4/30, 31 & 5/39
mitchell-johnson
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Scorecard summary
Australia 214/10(77 overs)
1st INNINGS
Tim Southee4/63 (18)
Jesse Ryder2/7 (4)
New Zealand 156/10(50 overs)
1st INNINGS
Brett Lee2/38 (16)
Australia 268/10(81.2 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Chris Martin3/69 (21)
Daniel Vettori2/46 (19)
New Zealand 177/10(54.3 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Ross Taylor 75 (128)
Mitchell Johnson5/39 (17.3)
Stuart Clark4/43 (17)

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

Chris Martin b Johnson 1 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25
54.2
Johnson to Martin, no run

bangs it towards the pads, he hops and gets an thin inside edge onto his pads

54.1
Johnson to Martin, no run

wasted delivery, slides it wide outside off and Martin's not interested in chasing that

end of over 5413 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 177/9CRR: 3.27 
Tim Southee12 (7)
Chris Martin1 (1)
Stuart Clark 17-5-43-4
Mitchell Johnson 17-6-39-4
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
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

53.3
1
Clark to Martin, 1 run

full and on the stumps and he works it away to the on side, loud cheers as he gets off the mark

Chris Martin walks in, this should be over very soon, unless Southee plays a blinder like he did at Napier

53.2
W
Clark to O'Brien, OUT

very tame dismissal indeed, Clark bowls the slower ball and O'Brien is foxed by that, he lunges forward to drive, the ball stops short on him and bobs off the edge and gives Michael Clarke at point the easiest of catches

Iain O'Brien c Clarke b Clark 3 (5m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85
53.1
Clark to O'Brien, no run

lands it outside off, he shoulders arms

end of over 533 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 164/8CRR: 3.09 
Iain O'Brien3 (5)
Tim Southee0 (4)
Mitchell Johnson 17-6-39-4
Stuart Clark 16-5-30-3
52.6
3
Johnson to O'Brien, 3 runs

fires it full and wide outside off and a forward push is enough to beat mid-off

52.5
Johnson to O'Brien, no run

angles it on the body but it's much fuller, he nearly clips it on the full to short leg

52.4
Johnson to O'Brien, no run

takes his eyes off another nasty bouncer and the ball thuds into his shoulder

52.3
Johnson to O'Brien, no run

bangs in the bouncer and it sails over his arched back

52.2
Johnson to O'Brien, no run

shows very good technique on the forward defense

O'Brien walks in

52.1
W
Johnson to Taylor, OUT

Taylor goes and all the specialist batsmen and back in the pavilion, Johnson hits a full length outside off and gets it to move away with the angle, Taylor flays at it and the ball gets the toe edge of the bat

Ross Taylor c †Haddin b Johnson 75 (188m 128b 9x4 0x6) SR: 58.59
end of over 521 run
NZ: 161/7CRR: 3.09 
Tim Southee0 (4)
Ross Taylor75 (127)
Stuart Clark 16-5-30-3
Mitchell Johnson 16-6-36-3
51.6
Clark to Southee, no run

tries to mow this one across the line but the ball hits him outside the line of the legstump, Clark appeals

51.5
Clark to Southee, no run

tries to work it through the on side but finds mid-on

51.4
1
Clark to Taylor, 1 run

moves across his stumps and works it with the swing to the on side

51.3
Clark to Taylor, no run

keeps a little low outside off and Taylor lets it go

51.2
Clark to Taylor, no run

appeal, it pitches outside off and hits his thigh just outside the line of the off stump as he tries to mow it across the line

Best performances - batters
SM Katich
SM Katich AUS
131 runs (245)
16 fours0 six
Control
94%
Productive shot
leg glance
47 runs
4 fours0 six
115181931131123
MJ Clarke
MJ Clarke AUS
98 runs (217)
9 fours0 six
Control
91%
Productive shot
leg glance
26 runs
0 four0 six
1474212161213
Best performances - bowlers
MG Johnson
MG Johnson AUS
O
17.3
M
6
R
39
W
5
ECO
2.22
SR Clark
SR Clark AUS
O
17
M
5
R
43
W
4
ECO
2.52
Match details
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
TossNew Zealand, elected to field first
Series
Season2008/09
Player Of The Match
Australia
Mitchell Johnson
Series resultAustralia led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1894
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days20,21,22,23 November 2008 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
West Indies
Billy Doctrove
South Africa
Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
Australia
Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Norm McNamara
Match Referee
England
Chris Broad
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