New Zealand all-rounder Henry Nicholls took a stunning catch to dismiss Steven Smith. Nicholls who was positioned at gully had to dive back to take the screamer. In fact, he was able to hang on to the ball on the tip of his fingers. Neil Wagner continued with the ploy of attacking Steven Smith with the barrage of short-pitched deliveries.
The left-arm pacer was able to get one right on the target and Smith could not handle the extra bounce on this occasion. Subsequently, the ball took the shoulder of the bat and ballooned to Henry Nicholls who was up and ready for the catch. Thus, Wagner was finally rewarded for his persistent short ball strategy against the talisman right-hander as he dismissed him on 85 runs.
It was a fabulous grab from Henry Nicholls.
Meanwhile, Australia posted a par score of 467 runs after New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bowl first. Earlier on day one, Marnus Labuschagne continued his sublime form going as he scored 63 runs but missed the opportunity to score his fourth straight Test century.
On the second day, Travis Head was able to get going as he batted at the top of his game. The southpaw batsman scored his second Test century as he scored a fine knock of 114 runs. Australian captain Tim Paine gave good support to Head and he also scored a sublime knock of 79 runs. Both the batters added 150 runs for the sixth-wicket alliance.
On the other hand, Neil Wagner was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers as he took four wickets. Tim Southee scalped three wickets whereas Colin de Grandhomme took two scalps.
Australia also got two crucial wickets in Tom Blundell and Kane Williamson to finish the day on a high. New Zealand will resume Day 3 from 44-2.
Here is the stunning catch of Henry Nicholls:
✈ We have takeoff! ✈
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