First day of the second test gained historic importance due to two factors. First because Brendon McCullum, who already announced his retirement from international cricket after this Test, came to bat and second because he broke a world record by scoring a superb 54-balls century. The jam-packed stadium gave him a standing ovation for his incredible feat with the bat. His aggression was worth watching because he seemed to be possessed by a do-or-die mindset. Fate also helped him in escaping from losing his wicket by narrow margin during his explosive innings but his fine performance made a deep impact on thousands who watched all the drama unfolded before their very eyes.
His energetic enthusiasm still remained there on the ground even after he returned to the pavilion. Something mysterious happened to rest of the batsmen who followed his lead and played as if they were part of a T20 game. The whole team scored 370 runs in just 65.4 overs, with the average of 5.63 runs per over. However no one succeeded in even touching the sort of class he displayed in his blitzing innings.
New Zealand lost their three wickets at 32 runs in 19.4 overs. It was a general feeling that Australian bowlers had subjugated the rebellious souls of Kiwis batting lineup. But then Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson provided the team with a much-needed aggressive partnership. From 74/4, this duo got the team to a decent score of 253 runs. It was McCullum to go first after scoring 145 runs off 79 balls. From that point onward, their dominance gradually faded away and Australian bowlers regained their lost control of the proceedings.
Australia started their innings in a careful manner but at the initial stage, Trent Boult succeeded in taking the wicket of dangerous batsmen, David Warner. After his departure, Usman Khawaja and Steven Smith took care of the situation. Today we will be able to get a clue regarding who dominates this Test. A lead more than 100 runs will be vital for both the teams on this pitch.
Australia doesn’t need to win this game as a draw will also promote them to the top slot at ICC Test ranking. However Australia commonly abhors such defensive strategy which means this game is heading towards some thrill and drama and every day will be quite eventful.
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