Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 7th 2015 Contents A44
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, November 7, 2015
BRISBANE---Mitchell Johnson and
Mitch Starc took two wickets each as
New Zealand s top order crumbled
late yesterday in response to Aus-
tralia s imposing first-innings total
of 556-4 declared in the series-open-
Usman Khawaja s dismissal for 174
prompted Australia skipper Steve
Smith s declaration midway through
the second afternoon of day two, and
New Zealand openers Tom Latham
and Martin Guptill survived 13 overs
until the tea interval unscathed.
Josh Hazlewood had Guptill (23) well
caught by David Warner at third slip,
and Latham continued with Kane
Williamson in a 46-run stand to lift
the total to 102 before his dismissal
triggered a collapse of four wickets for
16 runs in five overs.
That left the Black Caps at 157-5 at
stumps, needing another 199 runs
merely to avoid the follow-on.
It was the first multiple-wicket ses-
sion of the match, starting with Latham
(47) slicing a slower ball from Starc
(2-30) to Nathan Lyon at point.
Johnson (2-52) removed Ross Taylor
(0), who was edgy for six balls before
nicking to Smith at second slip with
the total at 105. Johnson then dismissed
captain Brendon McCullum (6), who
had immediately glided the Australian
paceman s delivery over the cordon for
a boundary before edging to Adam
Voges at first slip.
Starc returned to bowl James Nee-
sham (3) as New Zealand slipped to
118-5 before Williamson s composure
stemmed the flow of wickets in the
last 10 overs. He was unbeaten on 55
at stumps, and BJ Watling was 14 not
It was a painful end to the day for
the New Zealanders, who struggled
after Tim Southee left the field with
a back injury.
The strike bowler only bowled five
overs Friday before he limped off the
field with an irritation of a disc in his
spine. He did not return but the New
Zealand team said he was undergoing
treatment and remained hopeful he
would recover during the test. Neil
Wagner was drafted into the squad as
cover in case Southee is sidelined for
the second test.
Southee (1-70) had been the pick of
the New Zealand bowlers. Trent Boult
took the key wicket of Smith, but his
figures ballooned to 1-127 as Australia
accelerated the scoring.
Bat had dominated ball in the first
five sessions at the Gabba, where the
pace and bounce was expected to
increase late and where Australia hasn t
lost a Test match since 1988.
Australia resumed yesterday at 389-
2 and lost only one wicket---Smith
bowled for 48---before lunch.
Khawaja, who was on 102 overnight,
continued with Voges in a 157-run
stand until he was caught out attempt-
ing to sweep Williamson. Voges
remained unbeaten on 83.
All Australia s batsmen contributed---
openers Warner scored 163 and Joe
Burns made 71---in a confidence-boost-
ing start for a new-look top order,
posting the biggest first-day total at
the venue. (AP)
Ashwin finished with a five-for as
India took control of the first Test
against South Africa on the second
day yesterday. Ashwin s 5-51 included
a couple of crucial wickets, and helped
the home side gain the psychological
edge of a 17-run, first-innings lead
over Test cricket s top-ranked side.
India was 125-2 in its second innings,
142 runs ahead with eight wickets in
hand on a pitch offering a lot of turn
for spin bowlers. Cheteshwar Pujara
was unbeaten on 63 at stumps, with
captain Virat Kohli on 11.
Ashwin, who has established himself
as India s strike bowler, reached 150
wickets in 29 Tests with his 13th five-
wicket haul. He was backed up well by
other spinners as they shared all ten
South Africa wickets. Left-armer
Ravindra Jadeja took 3-55 and legspinner
Amit Mishra 2-35 to ensure South
Africa did not eclipse India s total.
Ashwin grabbed three important
wickets in the morning session to wrest
the initiative back, as he dismissed
overnight batsmen Hashim Amla (43)
and Dean Elgar (37), who added 76 runs
in a defiant third-wicket partnership.
Amla struck six fours before he
jumped out and was stumped as the
ball bounced off wicketkeeper Wrid-
dhiman Saha s chest onto the stumps.
Elgar tried to heave Ashwin against
the turn but edged the ball high for
Jadeja to take a simple catch at back-
AB de Villiers then batted in the
company of lower-order batsmen for
a resolute 63. He was scratchy, but still
propped up the innings with his 37th
half-century in 99 matches, getting
past 50 with a slog-swept four off Jade-
ja.De Villiers, who struck three centuries
in the preceding five-game one-day
international series which South Africa
won 3-2, was the ninth man out as he
was bowled by Mishra. De Villiers had
a fortunate escape, having been caught
close-in off Jadeja on 7, but was called
back after replays showed it was a no
India s second innings saw the quick
dismissal of left-hander Shikhar
Dhawan, caught in the slip cordon
without scoring for the second time in
the match, but Vijay and Pujara dug in
to add 86 for the second wicket.
Pujara has struck six fours and the
only six of the match in his seventh
Test half-century. Vijay, who was the
highest scorer in the first innings with
a knock of 75, struck 47 with six fours.
He was caught to a lovely diving catch
by substitute Temba Bavuma at short
leg, off legspinner Imran Tahir. (AP)
Ashwin shines as India
takes charge in Mohali Test
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