Brendon McCullum’s 100th Test match started dreadfully for Kiwis as New Zealand is under pressure on the very first day against Australia in the first of the two-Test series at Wellington.
After winning the toss, Australia decided to bowl first on the green top at Basin Reserve. Australian pacers perfectly used the situation moisture to the pitch, early in the morning. The Kiwi top-order failed against Australian bowling. Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum failed even to get off the mark penultimate match. At the end, some important knocks from lower-middle order batsmen help the hosts to reach the total of 183 runs. Mark Craig remained not out at 41 runs while Corey Anderson and no.11 batsman Trent Boult scored 38 and 24 runs respectively.
On the other hand, Australian bowler Josh Hazlewood took 4 wickets while Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon picked up 3 wickets each in the innings.
In reply, New Zealand sent the both openers quickly to the pavilion. Joe Burns got out without scoring any runs while David Warner was dismissed for just 5 runs. After that, Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith compiled an over hundred run partnership (126 runs) for the third wicket and survived the early collapse. Smith was dismissed after making 71 runs while Khawaja remained unbeaten at 57 runs along with Adam Voges (7* runs). At the end of day 1, Australia scored 147/3 and they are behind by just 37 runs from the New Zealand’s first innings total with 7 wickets still in hand.
New Zealand bowler Tim Southee sent two openers back to the pavilion while Mark Craig dismissed Steve Smith.
Brief Scores (End of Day 1):
New Zealand – 183/10 (M Craig 41*, C Anderson 38, J Hazlewood 4/42)
Australia – 147/3 (S Smith 71, U Khawaja 57*, T Southee 2/22)