Rachin Ravindra’s Resilient Half-Century Keeps New Zealand Alive Against Australia:

Rachin Ravindra's Resilient Half-Century Keeps New Zealand Alive Against Australia:

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In Wellington, Rachin Ravindra played a vital innings, remaining unbeaten on 56 as New Zealand fought to stay in contention on day three of the first Test against Australia.

Despite an early stumble in their pursuit of a daunting 369-run target, New Zealand managed to reach 111-3 at stumps on day three, with Daryl Mitchell accompanying Ravindra on 12.

Spin maestro Nathan Lyon claimed 2-27, supported by exceptional catching from Steve Smith, posing a significant threat to New Zealand’s chase.

Glenn Phillips, seizing the favorable conditions, starred with career-best figures of 5-45 as Australia was dismissed for 164 in their second innings.

Ravindra, known for his aggressive strokeplay, defied Australia with a spirited 94-ball knock, keeping New Zealand’s hopes alive.

Despite a scare when Mitchell survived an early stumping chance off Lyon, New Zealand found stability with a crucial partnership between Ravindra and Mitchell.

Lyon’s impact was immediate, dismissing opener Tom Latham and the key wicket of Kane Williamson with Smith taking sharp catches.

Earlier, Australia’s collapse saw them lose their last six wickets in just 13 overs, with Phillips delivering a remarkable performance, complementing his bowling with a vital 71 in New Zealand’s first innings.

Nightwatchman Lyon top-scored for Australia with 41, while opener Usman Khawaja contributed 28 before the team’s downfall.

Although Cameron Green and Travis Head added valuable runs, Phillips’ spell triggered Australia’s collapse, with Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey falling to close catchers.

Henry wrapped up the innings with figures of 3-36, sealing a commanding position for New Zealand despite Australia’s strong start.

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