Middle-aged Pat Cummins. His Topi Kupokat has been sold at New Zealand IPL auction for Rs 1.5 crore. The Melbourne Test is proof of why? Kolkata Knight Riders poured so much money into Pat Cummins. He got 5 wickets for the fifth time in a Test career with just 28 runs. New Zealand is devastated by Pacer’s cannon labeled ‘the most expensive foreigner’ in IPL history. Australia is taking the Kiwis out of the game, starting the second inning with a big lead.
Australia was all out for 467 in the first innings at Travis Head. Then, started the Cummins’s cannon. New Zealand was bowled out for only 148 in their first innings. In the second innings, the hosts took a lead of 137 for 4 at the end of the third day with 456 runs, with 6 more wickets in hand.
On the second day, the Kiwis were batting in the first innings. At the beginning of the third day, it was made clear by Cummins’s cannon. Ross Taylor (9) and Henry Nichols (0) added two wickets apiece for a hat-trick. It was not, however, that the tourists’ top order collapsed. Four of the first five batsmen in the Kiwis are the number one bowlers in the Test rankings. Half Centurion broke the resistance of Tom Latham (50), and then Tim Southee (10) picked up the fifth wicket.
Two other pacers Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson joined Cummins at the wicket festival. Pat Williamson, who opened the wicket with Ken Williamson out of the previous day, returned today to BJ Watling (7) and Mitchell Santner (3). His 3 wickets for 34 runs. Stark victims Colin D. Grandhomme (11) and Trent Boult (8) were the other wickets.
David Warner and Joe Burns got Australia off to a great start in the second inning.
Their opening pair was 62 runs. Neil Wagner dismissed Warner by 38 runs. In 2019, Marnas Labushen, who had a great time at-bat, finished the year with a sad run-out. He scored 19 runs. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner returns to the pavilion with another opener Burns (35).
Steven Smith may have to ‘study’ more with Wagner after this test. Once again he is the victim of this left hand. Former Australia captain Wagner has been dismissed in four innings in the current series. Another short, Smith (7) was fooled by the Kiwi pacer for 200 wickets. Wagner owns New Zealand’s second-fastest 200 wickets after Sir Richard Hadley.
Matthew Wade (15 *) and Centurion Head (12 *) of the first innings did not allow the hosts to rise any further.
Wagner, who got 200 wickets, is the Kiwis’ most successful bowler at the end of the day. 2 wickets for 39 runs. Santner got 1 wicket for 22 runs.
(At the end of the third day)
Australia: 137/4 in 46 overs and 46 overs in the second innings (Warner 38, Barnes 35, Labushen 19, Wade 15 *, Head 12 *; Wagner 2/39, Santner 1/22).
New Zealand: 148 in 54.5 overs in the first innings (Latham 50, Wagner 18 * Blundell 15, D Grandhomme 11, Saudi 10; Cummins 5/28, Pattinson 3/34, Stark 2/30). see more