Australia beat New Zealand by 296 runs in the first Test
Mitchell Starc was elected man of the match, taking a total of 9 wickets in the match.
Dainik BhaskarDec 16, 2019, 09:52 AM IST Sports Desk. In the first match of the three Test match series, Australia defeated New Zealand by a big margin of 296 runs. New Zealand had a big target of 468 runs in the fourth innings, following which the team was dismissed for just 171 runs. Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who took 5 wickets in the first innings, also took 4 wickets in the second innings and was also named Man of the Match. Australia won their 7th consecutive day-night test.
On the fourth day, Australia declared their innings at 217/9, playing ahead of their score 167/6. Mitchell Starc scored 23 off 21 balls. New Zealand's Tim Southee took 5 wickets. After this, no batsman from New Zealand could survive. After losing the first wicket on 6 runs, the entire team was reduced to 65.3 overs.
In the second Test in Melbourne from 26 December, wicketkeeper-batsman Watling scored the highest 40 and Grandhom 33. Captain Kane Williamson scored 14 and veteran Ross Taylor scored 22. The second Test of the series will be played in Melbourne on 26th.