Friday, December 09, 2011
Short day, short NZ innings T2D1
Australia 1/12 (4.2 ov) trail New Zealand 150 (45.5ov, Brownlie 56, Pattinson 5/51, Siddle 3/42) by 138 runs with 9 first innings wickets in hand: T2/2 D1/5 at Hobart.
On paper New Zealand's position doesn't look too good but it's better than looked at one point in the morning session when, after being sent in by Michael Clarke, the top order batting folded, and they were 6/60.
From there Dean Brownlie 56/85b (10x4), as he'd done in T1, led a modest recovery against Australian bowling which made the most of the conditions: a greenish pitch and overcast atmosphere.
James Pattinson had another dream day with 5/51 from 13.5 overs it's hard to recall his Test match bowling career beginning so sloppily only last week - while Peter Siddle's 3/42 accurately reflected consistently menacing bowling.
150 is by no means a matchwinning score, yet the loss of Phil Hughes cheaply to Chris Martin when Australia batted, showed what might be. Nevertheless you'd have to expect the Australian batting, on form as well as reputation, to obtain a relatively healthy lead even if conditions don't change much over the course of the match.