New Zealand vs Australia 1st Test Day 4 Live Score Updates

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  • Australia currently hold the upper hand in the game, with still 258 runs to play with and only 7 wickets to claim a victory. Day 3 started promisingly for the Aussies, with Nathan Lyon providing a quick cameo with the bat setting a solid foundation. However, the Australian batting lineup encountered a collapse against the spin-bowling prowess of Glenn Phillips. Despite this setback, the target of 369 runs set for the Kiwis posed a formidable challenge, firmly placing Australia in the driver's seat. Lyon, with his spin wizardry, made an impact early in the final innings by claiming two quick wickets, with Travis Head also joining the fray with a wicket. However, the resilient 4th wicket partnership of the Kiwi batters slightly shifted the momentum away from the Aussies by the end of the day's play. With rough patches on the pitch and the ball turning sharply, Lyon and Head will play pivotal roles in Australia's quest to dismantle the Kiwi batting lineup and secure victory in this first Test match. Stick around as the Day 4 action commences in a bit.

  • New Zealand executed their plans effectively on Day 3, putting themselves in a decent position with Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell settling in comfortably. The third day started on a positive note for the Kiwis, with their bowlers keeping the Australian batters in check. Matt Henry struck early to dismiss the night watchman Nathan Lyon, before Glenn Phillips wreaked havoc in the Aussie middle order, claiming a five-wicket haul. With disciplined bowling, New Zealand restricted Australia to just 164 runs, setting up a challenging but achievable target with 2 more days of play left. However, the Kiwi chase got off to a shaky start as they lost Tom Latham and Kane Williamson early, followed by the dismissal of Will Young after a brief resistance. Despite these setbacks, Rachin and Daryl steadied the ship with a promising 52-run partnership, ending the day on a positive note for New Zealand. As the Kiwis gear up for Day 4, their hopes hinge on continuing the momentum gained from this partnership, whose resilience could potentially tip the scales in their favour and steer them towards a remarkable victory.

  • Hello and welcome to Day 4 of this thrilling first Test match between New Zealand and Australia, a day that could potentially mark the conclusion of this gripping contest.

  • ... DAY 4, SESSION 1 ...

  • Right then, that brings an end to another enthralling day of Test cricket where the game moved forward at a rapid pace and the 'Moving Day' certainly lived up to the expectations. The match is well poised for Day 4 which might well be the final day of this Test with the Kiwis requiring 258 more runs to win and the Aussies needing 7 more wickets. The New Zealand batters will have a tough task first up where they will have to avoid losing early wickets and lay a solid foundation. As for Australia, Nathan Lyon will hold the key for them but the onus will be on the pacers to set the tone nice and early. The action on Day 4 will begin at 3.30 am IST (10 pm GMT, the previous day), but you can join us much earlier for all the build-up. Until then, cheers and goodbye!

  • Nathan Lyon is in for a flash interview. He says it was a great day for Test cricket and Glenn Phillips bowled really well for his five-fer. Adds that it can be challenging at the start but as he got into the rhythm it became easier for him to ball with that wind at this venue. States that Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell did well and credits them for the way they played. Concludes that they will need to bowl well and stick to the plans, challenging the batter's defences for them to be able to crack this game down.

  • On the flipside, New Zealand began the day eager to secure early wickets and set a positive tone. Their persistence paid off when Matt Henry dismissed Lyon just after the half-hour mark. Glenn Phillips and William O'Rourke bowled effectively in tandem, with Phillips reaping the rewards by dismissing Khawaja. In the second session, Phillips led a spirited Kiwi fight back, dismantling the Australian middle order. He ended with a five-wicket haul, the first at home by a Kiwi spinner in 16 years, while Matt Henry cleaned up the tail. In pursuit of 369 runs for victory, New Zealand encountered an early setback with Tom Latham falling just before Tea. It was a second successive low score for Kane Williamson, after which Will Young and Rachin Ravindra steadied the ship. Young hung around for a bit before losing his wicket to Head. Daryl Mitchell looked tentative at the start, while Rachin was solid as a rock on his way to fifty. The two batters stitched a gritty stand to ensure there were no more hiccups, and New Zealand ended the day with three wickets down and 258 more runs needed to win.

  • SESSION SUMMARY - 96 runs, 35 overs and 2 wickets. This is why we love Test cricket, don't we? The game ebbed and flowed throughout the day and the Test is nicely poised with still two days remaining. 258 runs seem a long way from here for New Zealand but credit to them for showing the fight. As for Australia, they will be pleased with where they stand in the Test and will be confident enough to seal victory here. Earlier, Australia had a productive start to the day, losing two wickets but maintaining a strong scoring rate in the first session. Nathan Lyon, who had been given a reprieve on the last ball of Day 2, continued to capitalise on his luck and ticked along nicely. After the departure of Lyon and Khawaja, Travis Head initially struggled but managed to weather the storm, ensuring stability alongside Cameron Green until Lunch. The visitors experienced an unexpected collapse in the second session, where they lost their last six wickets for just 37 runs to be bowled out for 164. Nathan Lyon made a positive start to Australia's bowling effort by dismissing Tom Latham and Kane Williamson on either side of the Tea break. Travis Head soon got into the act to cut short the stay of Will Young. Pat Cummins rotated his bowlers well in search of more inroads but they were kept at bay by the Kiwi pair and they had to be content with 3 wickets for their efforts.

  • Josh Hazlewood to Daryl Mitchell

    Bowls it fuller on the pads, Daryl Mitchell tucks it in front of deep backward square leg for a single to end Day 3!

  • Josh Hazlewood to Daryl Mitchell

    Bangs it short again, over middle and leg, Daryl Mitchell ducks and leaves it alone.

  • Josh Hazlewood to Daryl Mitchell

    On a length, outside off, Daryl Mitchell leaves it alone.

  • Josh Hazlewood to Rachin Ravindra

    Bangs it short over off and Rachin Ravindra pulls it off the upper half of the bat aerially towards square leg region for a single. Mitchell Marsh in the deep, thought he was in business but the ball dropped well in front.

  • Josh Hazlewood to Rachin Ravindra

    On a shorter length, over off, Rachin Ravindra stabs it down the pitch.

  • Josh Hazlewood to Rachin Ravindra

    Slips the first one short and just outside off, Rachin Ravindra sways away and leaves it alone. The umpire calls it the first bouncer of the over.

  • Nathan Lyon to Daryl Mitchell

    Bowls it wider on off and fuller, Daryl Mitchell presses ahead and leaves it alone. Last over of the day coming up.

  • Nathan Lyon to Rachin Ravindra

    Bowls it shorter and wider of off, Rachin Ravindra slashes it to deep point for a single to bring up the 50-run partnership between these two.

  • Nathan Lyon to Rachin Ravindra

    Tosses it up on off, Rachin Ravindra offers a solid front foot defence.

  • Nathan Lyon to Rachin Ravindra

    Bowls it flatter and fuller on leg, Rachin Ravindra just tucks it away to fine leg with soft hands for a couple of runs.

  • Nathan Lyon to Rachin Ravindra

    Fuller and on off, Rachin Ravindra gets back and cuts it point.

  • Nathan Lyon to Rachin Ravindra

    Tosses it up on off, Rachin Ravindra prods and blocks it to the off side.

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