New Zealand clinch victory in thriller

December 12, 2011
David Warner

by Yellowmonkey

New Zealand have beaten Australia by 7 runs and in the process, recorded their first Test victory in Australia for 26 years.

The win means that the Kiwi’s have drawn the series 1-1 after Australia won the first Test match at The Gabba.

Going into day 4, Australia looked favourites to take the Test match as they required just another 169 runs with all 10 wickets intact.

However, Doug Bracewell had other ideas as he claimed 6-40, in what was a memorable spell of bowling at the Bellerive Oval. In just his third Test match New Zealand look like they have found a seamer to finally give Chris Martin the support that he needs.

At 159-2 chasing 240 to win, Australia appeared to be cruising to victory, but the home side lost their last 8 wickets for just 74 runs, as New Zealand and Bracewell sparked a dramatic collapse handing the visitors victory.

If Australia had scored a further 7 runs then David Warner would have claimed man of the match, as he played an innings that deserved to feature on the winning side. The Australian left-hander carried his bat as he finished the game on 123 not out from 170 balls with 14 boundaries. It was a fine effort for a batsman who has been labelled a Twenty20 specialist. The second top scorer was Usman Khwaja who made just 23 which highlighted how good a performance it was from Warner in on a pitch that was bowler friendly throughout.

This match was another great advert for Test cricket as yet again we have seen the game go down to the wire. However, it will be the men from across the Tasman who will be drinking celebratory champagne tonight in Tasmania.

Chris Murtagh 12/12/2011

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