Adelaide: The historic day/night Test match between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide Oval here on Saturday, is going in favour of the hosts after Aussie speedstar Josh Hazlewood and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh sent back half of the Kiwi side in the second innings.
After Australia took a 22-run first innings lead, the visitors failed to show their potential and lost half of their side till the umpires called off the day’s play. The visitors have scored 116/5, with a lead of 94 runs over the Kangaroos.
Australia had managed to score 224 runs before being bowled out by the visitors.
Wicket-keeper/batsman Peter Nevill was the highest scorer for his side as scored 66 while skipper Smith also scored a half-century at the top.
The hosts were struggling with 116/8 when off-spinner Nathan Lyon came to join Nevill and both of them added 74 runs for the ninth wicket before Lyon was shown the exit door by left-arm seamer Trent Boult and then a quick-fire cameo innings by Mitchell Starc helped the hosts to take lead. Starc scored an unbeaten 15-ball-24 before Nevill was dismissed as the last Australian wicket of the innings.
Doug Bracewell bagged three wickets while Boult and spinner Mark Craig pocketed two wickets each. Pacer Tim Southee and debutant Mitchell Santner picked a wicket each.
Trailing a 22-run first innings lead, the Black Caps lost half of their side before the day-2 was stumped.
Santner and BJ Watling are at the crease and batting on 13 and 7 respectively.
Previously in dazzling sunlight, the travellers had actually dominated in the field and Australia were on the ropes at 116-8, in reply to 202. 3rd umpire Nigel Llong stepped in, thumbing his nose at the choice evaluation innovation that strongly suggested spinner Nathan Lyon was out caught in the slips. A ball from spinner Santner had ricocheted off Lyon’s arm throughout a tried sweep shot and the ‘Hot spot’ technology showed a mark on his bat. Lyon started strolling back to the dressing room, ‘Snicko’ showed no audio proof of a nick and Llong’s final call after nearly five minutes of deliberation set off paradoxical joys from the crowd of 42,372.
It also cost New Zealand their last evaluation and set off an impressive energy shift as Lyon and wicketkeeper Peter Nevill ransacked the bowlers. Lyon smashed Santner for 15 runs and a leg bye in one over prior to succumbing to 34. Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc, hobbling on a broken foot, contributed to New Zealand’s discomfort with an unbeaten 24, blasting spinner Mark Craig over the long on fence two times as Australia charged past New Zealand’s very first innings overall.
Nevill was captured in the deep for 66, finishing up Australia’s total for 224, but New Zealand were condemned to batting in the dangerous night session. Hazlewood eliminated both openers Martin Guptill (17) and Tom Latham (10) and doned with 3-32 after trapping Ross Taylor in front for 32. Fast-bowling all-rounder Mitchell Marsh had Kane Williamson caught behind for 9 and eliminated Brendon McCullum lbw for 20.