About the Match
Winning the 1st Test match emphatically against New Zealand by a huge margin of 208 runs, Australia has taken a 1-0 lead in the series and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum when they meet the Kiwis for the 2nd Test at Perth from 13th November. The win at Gabba has definitely boosted the morale of the hosts; setting up 556 runs in the first innings and following it up with another 264 runs in the second innings, the Aussies clobbered the Kiwi attack, and came back to defend the total with ease. The visitors will need a new game plan here if they want to make a comeback in the 3-match test series; their bowlers are struggling and they must focus on the positives to come out with confidence and put up stiff challenge this time.
David Warner was invincible in the first test, posting 163 off 224 deliveries in the first innings and a well-made 116 in the second; Khawaja’s 174 off 239 was brilliant and helped them put up a challenging 556 runs on board. The duo put up a solid 150-run stand for the second wicket while Burns and Voges also played useful knocks to dominate the opposition throughout; Steve Smith confidently led his side and is looking good with the bat too.
On the bowling front, Mitchell Starc was successful with 4-57 in first innings and coming back with 2 more scalps in the latter part of the game; Johnson followed close behind with 4 scalps and they definitely are in good form to attack again in Perth. Hazlewood, Marsh and Lyon provide depth to the attack and also are capable of breaking partnerships when required.
The Aussies have a strong batting line-up consisting of in-form players like Warner, Khawaja, Burns, Voges and Smith; the bowlers are doing a good job at the moment and look definitely pumped up to make mincemeat of the Kiwi batsmen.
Williamson exuded confidence and displayed his skills at the Gabba, posting 140 off just 178 deliveries; however, with not any solid partnerships with his mates in the top order, his efforts went in vain as New Zealand was all-out in the first innings with only 317 runs on board.
McCullum stuck his feet firmly to try and reach the required massive target of 504 runs by scoring run-a-ball 80 runs but Marsh got the better of him in the 79th over; after that it was a tumbling down of wickets, leading to the humiliating loss by 208 runs.
On the bowling front, Southee, Boult, Williamson and Neesham got a wicket each in the first innings while Bracewell was economical in his spell. Mark Craig came back in the second innings to claim 3-78 in 14 overs but the others weren’t impressive with their tactics to dismiss the opponent. They will definitely need to polish their skills and come back stronger in all departments of the game here.
The upcoming match is a crucial one for New Zealand; facing a must-win situation, the Kiwis are expected to come out all guns blazing here. However, Australia has exhibited total domination till now and we feel they will continue with their winning momentum and take the series with a win here.