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Sunday, November 08, 2015

New Zealand rely on Brisbane weather to gain draw: T1 D4


New Zealand 317 & 3/142 (53ov, Williamson 59/74b/5x4, Latham 29, Guptill 23, Taylor 20* need 362 with 7 2nd inns wkts in hand to beat Australia 4/556d & 4/264d: T1/3 D4/5 at the Gabba, Brisbane.

As expected, Australia declared at their overnight score, leaving New Zealand an impossible task of making over 500 to win the Test, and an extremely difficult one of drawing it...but for the weather.

Once again the top three,p - Martin  Guptill, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson-.made a reasonable fist of hanging on, with  Guptill's 23/133b stonewalling a standout. But they are all out, Williamson for another classy yet by his standards brief innings, leaving a shaky middle and lower order to hold on, and hoping to hold out for the weather to give them the draw they so richly don't deserve.
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