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New Zealand vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 1: Vettori, Southee Star On Day One

By on March 27, 2010

New Zealand 19 for 1 trail Australia 231 (Katich 88, Vettori 4-36, Southee 4-61) by 212 runs…

The New Zealand bowlers dominated day one of the second Test against Australia at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee were the chief destroyers, taking four wickets apiece to have Australia bundled out for 231 in 74.3 overs.

The home team were rewarded for their patient approach early in the day, picking up wickets at key moments before pouncing in the final session to run through the middle and lower order.

What made the day even more special for Vettori was the fact he took the field for the 100th time in Test cricket.

The team honoured Vettori at the traditional captain’s meeting on the evening before the Test with a number of presentations. Vettori’s family was present and in a moving ceremony his father, Renzo, presented him with his 100th cap.

The omens didn’t look good early the next day though, when Vettori lost yet another toss to Ricky Ponting with the Australian captain having little hesitation in choosing to bat first.

The wicket had looked decidedly green after recent bad weather forced the covers to be left on for four days but that didn’t faze the New Zealand selectors who went with two spinners, handing Jeetan Patel a starting spot.

The Australians were made to graft during the first session with the pitch playing low and slightly favouring the bowlers. It seemed that the decision to include two spinners would pay off, with both employed before lunch.

Honours were slightly in favour of the home side at the end of the first session, with the score at 83 for two. Tim Southee made the early breakthrough, taking the wicket of Shane Watson for 12.

Ricky Ponting was the next to go for 22 and in the process became the most run-out batsman in Test Cricket with his 13th dismissal. It was Test centurion Vettori who removed his counterpart with his slick pick up and throw hitting the stumps to leave Ponting just short.

After lunch the New Zealand bowling unit kept plugging away and kept building pressure on the Australian batsmen who were battling to score.

Southee was rewarded with his second as Michael Hussey edged on to wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum to have the tourists teetering at 129 for three.

Michael Clarke was next to go for 28 when he chipped a well flighted Patel delivery to long one and that is when the wheels really fell off for Australia.

Vettori had anchor Simon Katich caught in close for 88 to have his team on firmly on top at tea with the scoreboard reading 180 for five.

The last session of the day was all New Zealand with Southee trapping Marcus North LBW for nine and then catching Brad Haddin off his own bowling for 12.

Vettori mopped up the tail when he removed Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Doug Bollinger cheaply as Australia added only 51 runs for the last six wickets.

It was a superb bowling partnership with Southee finishing with four for 61 and Vettori four for 36.

Australia managed to get an early breakthrough with Tim McIntosh choosing to leave Bollinger delivery that went on to hit off stump. Recalled Mathew Sinclair and BJ Watling safely negotiated the remaining overs and will resume tomorrow with the score on 19 for one.

Source: New Zealand Cricket

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