Hobart has become horrifying pitch for Batsmen as 23 of them surrendered against the deadly bowlers on the first two days and they required shields in stead of willows to face the cherries.
New Zealand was bowled out for 150 runs in their first innings after facing 45.5 overs. Australia was in the same boat as they were crushed to 136 runs while they played 5.1 overs more than the visitors. The Black Caps bounced back in their second innings by scoring 139 runs for the loss of three wickets at the close of the second day’s play.
The second Test match is being played at Bellerive Oval, Hobart from December 9, 2011.
Earlier the Kangaroos had scored 12 runs while losing one wicket at stumps on the first day, David Warner was unbeaten on seven runs and Usman Khawaja was assisting him at one run.
They started the second day with caution and Warner survived lbw appeal in the eighth over but lost his wicket on the fourth ball of the very next over. The second wicket fell at 24 runs and that was the start of disaster for the home side.
New Zealand fast bowler, Chris Martin was bowling at his best and the front line batsmen of Austarlia found it hard to negotiate with his impressive bowling.
He was being well supported by their trio which consisted of Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee. The Kangaroos had lost their four top order batsmen for mere 35 runs while Captain Michael Clarke was holding one end. The dreadful bowling was unplayable and the wickets kept on tumbling one after another. Clarke was the seventh batsman who went back to the pavilion after scoring hard earned 22 runs off 56 deliveries with one four. Peter siddle and James Pttinson tried to halt the rival invasion by providing resistance against them.
The duo shared a notable partnership of 56 runs for the eighth wicket which was the highest of the innings. Siddle lost his wicket after scoring brave 36 runs when their innings was folded back on 136 runs by the penetrative
bowling of the Black Caps.
Martin, Boult and Bracewell were the shining stars for New Zealand by grabbing three wickets each as Southee claimed one wicket.
The Kiwi’s started their second innings with three consecutive maiden overs when Martin Guptill came out with some courage and dispatched a four in the next over Pattinson struck once again and got the important wicket of McCullum when he was caught in the third slip by Phillip Huges on 12 runs. The first wicket fell at 36 runs and Guptill followed him without any addition in the total.
Jesse Ryder and Taylor shared 37 runs for the third wicket and brought some stability to the innings. Ryder was gone at 16 runs when Kane Williamson joined in with Taylor and both saw the day through with compatible batting.
New Zealand scored 139 runs once they had lost three wickets in 44 overs at the close of the second day’s play. Taylor and Williamson were determined on the crease by scoring 42 and 34 runs respaetively.
The Black Caps are 153 runs ahead of the Kangaroos in their second innings and are doing well. They can anticipate leveling the series if they can enhance the lead between 250-275 runs.