New Zealand show fight in Hobart

December 10, 2011
Bellerive Oval

by Jgritz

New Zealand put in a heroic effort on day two in the second Test match at the Bellerive Oval to wrestle the initiative back against Australia.

Starting the day, Australia were firmly in the box seat after bowling New Zealand out for just 150 on day 1. However, the Black Caps responded in fine fashion, as they ripped through the home sides batting line up, and dismissed Australia for 136.

The wicket has provided sideways movement throughout, but in these conditions it is still important to get the ball in the right areas. All of the Kiwi bowlers managed an impeccable line and length throughout, and got their just rewards.

Chris Martin lead the attack, as he picked up the first three Australian wickets. He was well supported throughout the innings by Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell, who both chipped in with three wicket a piece.

It could have been much worse for the home side had it not been for an eight wicket partnership of 56 between tail-enders Peter Siddle and James Pattinson.

Siddle top scored with 36 in what was a poor batting display from the Australians in Tasmania. What was even worse for the home side was that New Zealand have reached 136-3 at stumps in their second innings.

Ross Taylor (42*) and Kane Williamson (34*) will resume at the crease first thing tomorrow morning, with New Zealand leading by 153 runs with 7 second innings wickets in hand.

If New Zealand can push this lead past 300 tomorrow, and bowl as well in their second innings as they did in their first, then it should be difficult for Australia to avoid anything other than defeat in Hobart. However, we have seen the momentum swing considerably in this game already, and Australia will be doing everything in their powers to take control of this second Test once more on day 3.

Chris Murtagh 10/12/2011

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