Plagued by injuries, Australia fielded a side with barely any experience in the bowling department. This
must have given the Kiwis some hope of putting one past their trans-tasmanian rivals. And they did get
off to a good start with McCullum and Guptill finding boundaries with ease. But once Siddle got rid of
Guptill some mediocre and mindless batting saw them slip to 96/5 before Vettori and Browline held the
fort, surviving a dropped catch in between, and saw them to 176/5 before bad light ended the day.
Second day seemed to be going better for the Kiwis as Brownlie and Vettori continued to bat well,
notching up respective fifties. Vettori showed his top order how to bat a he closed in on a century
before a really poor decision cost him his wicket at 96. From 254/5, New Zealand crumpled to 295 all
out as Nathan Lyon wiped out the tail to end with 69/4. New Zealand came in hard with the ball and
has Australia in bother at 25/2 with both openers back in the hut. But the experienced Ponting and
the inexperienced Khawaja, batted with great concentration and tenacity to put up a fifty stand before
another silly call for a run right after tea sent Khawaja on his way. Ponting and Clarke survived till 154/3
before light won the day.
Ponting and Clarke continued without much problems as the pitch and Kiwi bowlers didn’t offer any
challenge. It seemed that Ponting would get the century would put some pressure off him but he got
DRS’d by Martin for 78. Clarke continued on to his century, even as Hussey departed soon, as Haddin
defied recent form to bat along with his captain. Two quick wickets gave Kiwis some hope but Haddin
and the tail wagged on as Australia posted 427. By the end of the day Pattison had claimed McCullum as
Kiwis reached 10/1.
Australia blew away the Kiwi resistance in the morning as Pattinson showed why he is one of the most
promising your bowlers in the world. He picked up all the top five wickets with a mesmerizing display on
controlled swing bowling as Kiwis crashed to 28/5. Ryder and Brownlie settled some nerves with a brief
partnership as Ryder counterattacked like only he can. But Ryder also threw away his wicket like only he
can. And once Vettori played one straight to the slips before lunch it was all but over. Kiwis finally folded
up for 150 giving Aussies a target of 19 runs which they chased down, but not before Martin picked up
Hughes, for a comprehensive win.