Australia pip New Zealand in first day-night Test
Adelaide, Nov 29 (IANS) Australia won the first day-night Test against New Zealand by three wickets here on Sunday to seal a 2-0 victory in the three-match series. Set 187 to win, the hosts were made to work hard for every run, chiefly by pacer Trent Boult who took 5-60. But left-hander Shaun Marsh’s 49 and 28 each from Adam Voges and Mitchell Marsh completed the win for Australia in 51 overs in their second innings. Australia set about their chase briskly, scoring 34 runs inside the first six overs.
But Boult put the brakes, trapping Joe Burns leg before wicket for 11. He then dismissed Australia captain Steve Smith (14), shortly after David Warner (35) departed edging an away-going delivery. Australia were in trouble at 66-3 at that point of time. Shaun Marsh and Voges steadied the ship with a crucial partnership of 49. But Boult struck again, dismissing Voges, inducing an edge of his bat to be taken at the slips. Shaun Marsh forged another important partnership with brother Mitchell, putting on 46 together, that took Australia to within 26 runs of victory. Australia earlier bowled out the Kiwis for 208 runs in the first session on the third day. Seamer Josh Hazlewood took a career-best 6-70 to spearhead New Zealand’s dismissal. Brief sores: New Zealand 202 and 208 (Mitchell Santner 45, Josh Hazlewood 6-70); Australia 224 and 187/7 (Shaun Marsh 49, Trent Boult 5-60).
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