Australia will look to grab more wickets and get New Zealand crumble on Day 4 © Getty Images
Australia will look to grab more wickets and get New Zealand crumble on Day 4 © Getty Images

Australia continued their command right until the end of day restricting New Zealand to 121 for 4 with 14 runs trailing. Neil Wagner posed a great comeback on Day 3 by picking 4 wickets from last 5 wickets with Australia ending their innings at 505. New Zealand started their innings and faced early fall of wicket of Martin Guptill with James Pattinson giving the breakthrough for Australia. Pattinson continued to showcase his talents taking 3 for 29 runs. Brendon McCullum came in and tried to build the momentum which he achieved on Saturday, but failed to stay longer as Josh Hazlewood grabbed the opportunity and got the important wicket. Kane Williamson his continuing his innings alongside Corey Anderson. Mitchell Marsh bowled the last over and gave away just two runs from it. Williamson who is at 45 at the moment will score his half-century on Day 4 gaining a successful partnership with Anderson. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Australia, 2nd Test at Christchurch

Martin Guptill fell without scoring as New Zealand set out after Australia’s 135-run first-innings lead after bowling the tourists out for 505 on day three of the second Test on Monday. Home bowler Neil Wagner claimed his first six-wicket haul as Australia’s tail folded, losing their last five wickets for 41 after lunch at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval. At tea New Zealand, chasing a series-leveling win in the second and final Test, were 43-1 in their second innings with Guptill out for a duck, nicking a James Pattinson delivery on off-stump to wicket-keeper Peter Nevill. However, early demons appeared to have long gone from the wicket and Tom Latham was not out 33 with Kane Williamson on 10. Wagner, who removed Joe Burns (170) and Steve Smith (138) late on Sunday, completed his sweep of the Australian danger men when he had Adam Voges caught for 60 in the second over after lunch. READ: Australia dominate as Martin Guptill departs leading New Zealand to 43 for 1 at Tea on Day 3

The innings ended soon after but Australia had already batted themselves into a commanding position at the midway stage of the Test. The New Zealand and Australian cricket teams joined together with spectators at the second Test in a minute of silence Monday to mark the fifth anniversary of the deadly Christchurch earthquake. The players, wearing black armbands, stood on the balcony of the main stand at Hagley Oval during the lunch break on the third day of the match at 12:51pm (2351 GMT Sunday), the moment the quake struck.

(Inputs from AFP)

Brief Scores:

New Zealand 370 (Brendon McCullum 145, Corey Anderson 72, BJ Watling 58; Josh Hazlewood 2 for 98, James Pattinson 2 for 81, Jackson Bird 2 for 66, Nathan Lyon 3 for 61) and 121 for 4  (Tom Latham 39, Kane Williamson 45*, Brendon McCullum 25; Josh Hazlewood 1 for 40, James Pattinson 3 for 29) trail Australia (Joe Burns 170, Steven Smith 138, Adam Voges 60;  Neil Wagner 6 for 106) by 14 runs.

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