Saturday 10 December 2011 

New Zealand Respond Strongly To Take The Lead

	New Zealand Respond Strongly To Take The Lead
New Zealand Respond Strongly To Take The Lead
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New Zealand 150 & 139-3 (Taylor 42no) v
Australia 136 (Bracewell 3-20, Boult 3-29)
Second Test, Hobart, day two

New Zealand bounced back from being bowled out in their first innings for 150 to close day two of the second and final Test against Australia in Hobart 153 runs ahead.

They dismissed Australia for 136 as Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult and Chris Martin took three wickets apiece and then closed on 139 for three in their second innings.

Only four players reached double figures for Australia as batsmen continued to struggle. Peter Siddle top scored with 36, Michael Clarke made 22, David Warner scored 15 and James Pattinson 17 before New Zealand clinched a 14-run lead on first innings.

Martin returned three for 46, Boult three for 29 and Bracewell three for 20 while Tim Southee grabbed one for 32.

New Zealand then lost Martin Guptill (16), Brendon McCullum (12) and Jesse Ryder (16) cheaply but forged clear thanks to Ross Taylor's unbeaten 42 and Kane Williamson's 34 not out.

The pair had added an unbroken stand worth 66 at the close of play.

Australia lead the series 1-0 after a nine-wicket win in Brisbane.

© Cricket World 2011

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