Australia in strong position after the end of third day.
December 3, 2011 3:36am CST
It was a much better day for cricket on third day of first cricket test match between Australia and New Zealand being played at Brisbane, Australia. After two days of curtailed play due to weather conditions, full 90 overs could be bowled today. Australia gained an upper hand after they put on 427 runs in reply to N.Z. first innings score of 295 getting a crucial lead of 132 runs which is going to be decisive. They then went on to claim the prize wicket of Brendon McCullum with only ten runs on board in N.Z. second innings in six overs they were forced to bat at the end of the day. The highlight of the day's play was a fine century from Australian Skipper Michael Clark and his 108 runs partnership with wicket keeper batsman Haddin, who went on to score 80 runs. Australia have clearly gained upper hand in this test with a deficit of 132 runs and 2 more days to go with one of the front line batsman already back to pavilion, New Zealand may find it difficult to save the match.
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3 Dec 11
Yes, Aussies are in the driver's seat in this match. Kiwis need to bat out of their skin to save the match. I like this youngster Pattinson. He bowled pretty well in the last few overs and if he continues to bowl like this tomorrow morning, Kiwis could be in a lot of trouble. I think the key is going to be the wickets of Ross Taylor and Vettori. If the Aussies can get these two, they can nail the match. Cheers! Ram
3 Dec 11
Thank you ram. Some other Kiwi players like Ryder has to chip in if New Zealand has to save this match. Ryder appears to be good only against India. We can not expect Vettori to perform every time. Taylor has also not done much in first innings he has also got to chip in this time.
4 Dec 11
Australia have comprehensively beaten New Zealand. Aussies scored an emphatic nine-wicket victory with more than a day to spare. After taking commanding first innings lead, Aussies debutant pace bowler James Pattinson ripped through New Zealand top order in 2nd innings. Kiwis thus were short out for 150. Australia scored less than 20 runs required in their 2nd innings and won the match. I think Kiwis top and middle order are pretty inconsistent to say the least. This recurring problem of Kiwis is being exploited by Opposition teams like Australia to full.