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Matches - Reports Friday, 16 December 2011 16:27
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Day 1: Australia were already firm favourites before Vettori’s injury meant this Test was theirs to take. Pattinson’s dream start to his career continued as he picked p another fifer as Aussie pacers bundled the Kiwis for just 150 runs. Barring Brownlie, who has shown better temperament than all the seniors, no one crossed the twenty run mark. Brownlie’s inning of 56 stood out like a tower amidst the ruins. Australia batted briefly but it was enough for Martin to get Hughes out yet again as Australia were 12/1 at the end of the day.

Day 2: In an amazing fightback, the Kiwi bowlers led by Martin reduced the Aussies to 75/7 before last fight by Siddle and Pattinson got them to 136. Martin, Boult and Bracewell all picked 3 each as the Kiwis found themselves to have a surprising 14 run lead. Siddle scored 36 and Clarke scored 22 as only 4 batsmen reached double figures. New Zealand started off a little better yet found themselves at 36/2 and then at 73/3 as McCullum, Guptill and Ryder got out. Taylor and Williamson saw out the day as Kiwis reached 139/3.

Day 3 : The day started disastrously as Williamson fell in the first over. Brownlie again hung around with his Skipped who went on to notch a fifty. When thye both fell in quick succession the Aussies sniffed a chance but Southee and Boult resisted long enough to put up 226 on the board as Kiwis set the Aussies 240 to win. Chasing a tricky target, the Aussies showed exactly why they are so feared as they raced away to 72/0 by the end of the day with Warner nearly on a half century and the victory ever so likely.

Day 4 : It all started with a wicket. Hughes fell yet again to Martin in the second over of the day. Khawaja put on a fifty stand with Warner before he too perished. Warner went past his fifty and continued in company of Ponting as at 159/2 the match seemed very much in Australia’s bag. And then Bracewell came on to rip out the Aussie middle order as Ponting, Clarke and Hussey fell on the same score. Suddenly at 129/5 the match was turning on its head. Warner continued at the other end as Haddin hung around to take Australia closer to the total. But Southee and Bracewell combined to reduce Australia to 199/9. Warner then went on to score a century and Lyon hung around surviving DRS left, right and center as Australia reached within 8 runs of the win. At this point Bracewell completed the comeback with his sixth wicket as Warner was left stranded on 123* to end the dramatic series 1-1.

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