Printed Dec 29, 2019
Dec 29, 2019 IST
Australia claimed a sequence win over New Zealand after easing to victory within the Boxing Day Check, regardless of a combating show from centurion Tom Blundell.
New Zealand wilted within the Melbourne warmth on the MCG, the place Australia wrapped up a crushing 247-run win on day 4 of the second Check on Sunday.
Blundell rallied for the Black Caps, celebrating his second Check hundred in three matches with a resilient 121 runs, however he had no help from his team-mates after Nathan Lyon (4-81) and James Pattinson (3-35) starred.
Marnus Labuschagne (1-11) ended Blundell’s unforgettable innings late within the night as Australia solely required 9 wickets to skittle New Zealand for 240 – Trent Boult not batting on account of a fractured finger.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 29, 2019
Australia declared,168-5, 10 overs into the penultimate day – the hosts setting New Zealand a mammoth 488 for victory as temperatures soared.
Already humbled by 296 runs in Perth, the Black Caps confronted an uphill battle to maintain the sequence alive of their first Boxing Day look in Melbourne in 1987, and Pattinson wreaked havoc on Sunday morning.
After a vigorous and tenacious begin by Pat Cummins (0-47), Mitchell Starc (0-59) and Australia, Pattinson made an instantaneous impression with the wicket of opener Tom Latham for 8.
Pattinson – again within the staff as a alternative for injured fast Josh Hazlewood – flourished on his dwelling floor, claiming one other two wickets earlier than lunch to go away New Zealand reeling on 38-3.
After trapping captain Kane Williamson for a duck – his seventh towards Australia – Pattinson then eliminated Ross Taylor (2), who chopped onto his personal stumps.
Blundell dug deep following lunch with a half-century as New Zealand confirmed some struggle, solely dropping one wicket within the center session after Henry Nicholls (33) fell to Lyon.
THAT second for Tom Blundell!
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 29, 2019
BJ Watling (22) and Mitchell Santner (27) had been the one different gamers to supply help for Blundell en path to a century on one other forgettable day for New Zealand.
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