James Pattinson rattles New Zealand as Australia dominate day three
New Zealand 370 & 121-4 (Williamson 45no) v
Australia 505 (Burns 170)
Second Test, Christchurch, day three
Australia continued to assert their dominance over New Zealand as James Pattinson took three wickets to leave the Black Caps struggling at 121 for four at the end of play on day three of the second Test match in Christchurch with a deficit of 14 runs.
Earlier in the day a fifty from Adam Voges helped Australia take a 135-run first innings lead before a six-wicket haul by Neil Wagner bowled the visitors out for 505 runs.
Australia resumed on their overnight score of 363 for four. Despite overcast conditions overhead, New Zealand failed to make any impact as Voges (60) and Nathan Lyon (33) combined to post an 81-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Five overs after a wicketless first hour, Kane Williamson (1-17) got Lyon to edge a delivery to the slips where Brendon McCullum took a really sharp catch. It was the only wicket New Zealand managed to pick in the session.
Voges then completed his fifty in 117 balls and went on to take Australia safely to the lunch break along with Mitchell Marsh (18).
After scoring 92 runs in 30 overs, Australia ended the first session with the scoreboard reading 455 for five.
In the second over of the post lunch session, Voges attempted to pull Wagner (6-106) and was caught at square leg. Five overs later, Wagner struck once again with a short ball as Marsh holed out to midwicket.
A few deliveries later, Corey Anderson (1-66) got Pattinson (1) to chip a catch to Trent Boult (2-108) at backward point.
Wagner completed a six-wicket haul by dismissing Peter Nevill (13) and Josh Hazlewood (13) but not before Australia took a first innings lead of 135 runs after posting 505 runs on the board.
New Zealand were rattled early in the chase as Martin Guptill (0) got sucked into a beautiful delivery from Pattinson (3-29) and only managed to nick it to the wicket-keeper.
Tom Latham (39) and Kane Williamson (45 not out) took New Zealand to the tea break with the score at 43 for one.
Marsh (0-18) and Hazlewood (1-40) started the final session with some tidy bowling as Australia conceded just 19 runs in the first 10 overs.
While Jackson Bird (0-26) got the ball to reverse, Pattinson got Latham out to the leg side trap, edging a short delivery to the wicket-keeper.
In his next over, Pattinson got Henry Nicholls (2) to feather an edge to Steven Smith at second slip bringing McCullum to the crease for one final time.
After taking seven balls to get going, McCullum smashed three boundaries before Hazlewood got a delivery to hit him on the pads. Australia reviewed the not out decision unsuccessfully as the replays showed umpire’s call on impact.
An over later, McCullum smashed a six but was caught at mid-wicket by a sensational David Warner off Hazlewood, drawing curtains on an illustrious career.
Having survived a few close calls, Williamson and Anderson (9 not out) took New Zealand through to stumps without further loss of wickets.
The Black Caps had scored 121 for four and were still trailing Australia by 14 runs.
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