Australia Seizes Control as New Zealand Falters in Wellington Test:

Australia Seizes Control as New Zealand Falters in Wellington Test:

News by “Sana Ullah”

In Wellington, Australia’s bowling, led by Nathan Lyon, restricted New Zealand to a modest 179 runs and established a commanding 217-run lead by the close of Day 2 in the ongoing first Test.

At 13/2, Australia faced early setbacks in their second innings, with nightwatchman Nathan Lyon and opener Usman Khawaja at the crease, Lyon unbeaten on six.

New Zealand’s batting faltered as they were bundled out for 179 in response to Australia’s 383, despite a resilient 71 from Glenn Phillips.

The hosts endured a woeful start, losing half their side with just 29 runs on the board, with Mitchell Starc claiming early wickets including the dismissals of Tom Latham (five) and star batter Kane Williamson for ducks.

Following a brief partnership between Will Young and Daryl Mitchell, New Zealand’s hopes rested on Tom Blundell and Glenn Phillips, who put together a crucial 84-run stand.

Phillips’ aggressive 71 off 70 deliveries provided some resistance before his departure, caught by Starc off Josh Hazlewood.

Australia’s hero with the bat, Cameron Green, continued his fine form, adding 84 runs with Hazlewood to extend Australia’s lead.

Green’s unbeaten 174 off 275 deliveries, complemented by Hazlewood’s 22 not out, further strengthened Australia’s position in the Test match.

Reflecting on the match, Phillips acknowledged Australia’s disciplined bowling and the importance of maintaining pressure in Test cricket.

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