Australia, as expected, have won the first Test, which was played under lights, against New Zealand at the Optus Stadium in Perth. The result of the match was never in doubt after the visitors were bundled out for a paltry score in the first innings. The Kiwis didn’t put up a fight in the second innings either which was disappointing after the way their bowlers had bowled late on the third day.
Needing an improbable 468 to win, New Zealand began poorly yet again. Jeet Raval got a terrific delivery from the in-form Mitchell Starc and that set the tone for the Aussies with the ball. Kane Williamson’s lean run by his standards continued in the second innings as well after Nathan Lyon turned one sharply off the crack to get him caught at the short leg.
None of the batsmen could hang around for the BlackCaps as the wicket kept falling at regular intervals. Ross Taylor, the highest scorer of the first innings, looked to attack from the word go but the ploy didn’t work for him this time. He scored 22 runs before edging one to Tim Paine off Mitchell Starc. Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls also got starts only to not go on and score big.
BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme defied the hosts for 56 runs and 20 overs to delay the inevitable but once their partnership was broken, it was a procession. Pat Cummins got the better of the latter who was looking good and New Zealand lost their last five wickets for just 17 runs. Starc was once again amongst the wickets as he finished with the figures of 9/97 in the match.
New Zealand were bundled out for just 171 runs in the second innings as they lost the match by a mammoth 296-run margin to concede a 0-1 lead in the three-match Test series.
Australia add quick runs before declaring
Earlier in the day, Australia added 50 runs in the first session to extend their lead to 467 runs and declared their second innings at 217/9. Matthew Wade and Cummins couldn’t add much to their overnight score but Starc enjoyed his brief stay in the middle. He smashed 23 runs off just 21 balls and Paine called his batsmen back after the southpaw was dismissed by Tim Southee who registered a well-deserved five-wicket haul (5/69).
But the target was always out of New Zealand’s reach as Australia’s home dominance extended for one more Test match. Starc won the Man of the Match award for his fierce bowling in both the innings. There is a fair amount of break for both the teams now as the traditional Boxing Day Test commences on December 26 at the MCG.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Always time for some catch-ups post Test! #AUSvNZ #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/4eI3LVdJME
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 15, 2019
It's all over in Perth!
New Zealand have lost their last five wickets for 17 runs in just over six overs, and Australia take a 1-0 lead inn the series 🏆 #AUSvNZ | SCORECARD 👇 https://t.co/lywZNrst6O pic.twitter.com/hBNV3c2u6t
— ICC (@ICC) December 15, 2019
It’s been 30 years since we’ve played New Zealand in a Boxing Day Test. It’s been far too long. Looking forward to a great test match between two great countries.#AUSvNZ
— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) December 15, 2019
Painey’s a delightful fella, sorry bout the salmonella. #AUSvNZ pic.twitter.com/3VNH2R2QrF
— Daniel Cherny 📰 (@DanielCherny) December 15, 2019
‘There are Colombian drug dealers than do less crack than Nathan Lyon’ – Kerry O’Keeffe 😂🤦🏽♀️ #AUSvNZ
— Georgie Parker (@georgieparker) December 15, 2019
🏏 Australia 2 from 2 at Perth Stadium.
🏏 The Test officially sets a new attendance record for Australia v NZ in Perth (despite 4 straight days of 40 plus degree weather)
🏏 Nobody got crook from the underdone chicken.
✅ ✅ ✅#AUSvNZ pic.twitter.com/hn2jOOjJvl
— Clint Thomas (@ClintLThomas) December 15, 2019
Sex and all is cool but are you watching Cummins and Starc bowling with a pink ball under lights in Perth? This sh*t is better. #AUSvNZ
— Manya (@CSKian716) December 15, 2019
No one will ever talk about what Pat Cummins has done this Test since he has not taken many wickets but this has been some unbelievable fast bowling. What a skilled bowler he is!! My favorite cricketer now!! #AUSvNZ
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) December 15, 2019
#AUSvNZ Geez Marnus Labuschagne was stiff not to get the man of the match. It’s a bowlers paradise and he’s the only player to make 100 and 50 and only one of four players to make a half century.
— Shane Jones (@southendaussies) December 15, 2019
Tim Paine "Really proud of our bowling attack to take 20 wickets in 105 overs with two seamers."
LIVE COMMENTARY:https://t.co/7tT5W7j2JI #AUSvNZ #AUSvsNZ #NZvAUS pic.twitter.com/7cwZoRQGyo
— 🏏FlashScore Cricket Commentators🏏 (@FlashCric) December 15, 2019
The Flying Fox drops in for a close look at the pitch 😅#AUSvNZ pic.twitter.com/jPWKLlJMyQ
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 15, 2019
Steve Smith for the first time in his entire career fails to score a fifty in three consecutive test matches.
His last three tests:-
43, 16 v New Zealand
36 v Pakistan
4 v Pakistan#AUSvNZ
— Kausthub (@kaustats) December 14, 2019
Mitchell Starc in Test cricket in 2019
And they choose Siddle over Starc in Ashes you can't drop a player likes of Starc caliver never #AUSvNZ pic.twitter.com/pnbMP3H4ha
— Roshan Gautam (@RoshanGautam949) December 15, 2019
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