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  • 10:29 AM IST

    We are all set for the day to begin. Labuschagne and Head are ready to go out onto the field, standing at the ropes.

  • 10:27 AM IST

    And now, finally about New Zealand. They bowled their hearts out, on a track which had nothing much to offer with the exception of Lockie Ferguson. He seemed to go only for pace and lacked direction and control. HE HAS BEEN RULED OUT OF BOWLING IN THIS TEST, which makes the responsibility on the other bowlers even greater. The second new ball is just 10 overs old, so they would want to strike early. Southee managed to get some swing last night but was that more due to the conditions? We shall know in some time.

  • 10:25 AM IST

    Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne – the present and the future for Australia. Almost like a master and his apprentice at work. They grinded and grinded and grinded the Kiwis amidst a 132-run stand which consumed almost 50 overs. That is close to 2 sessions. Steven Smith looked out of sorts but Labuschagne looked like a man in total control. He left the balls well, had good compact defense and also attacked the odd bad ball. Towards the end, he started to counter-attack as well and hence, his wicket would be very crucial for the Black Caps this afternoon.

  • 10:18 AM IST

    In a day-night Test match, the pink ball barely swings in the afternoon and that is what exactly happened. The Kiwis struggled to generate consistent swing for long but then quickly adjusted to bowling accurate lines and lengths. Australia, on the other hand, found it tough to get going as the ball did not quite come onto the bat. But they too, did well to curb their attacking instincts and ensured that there was no collapse as such.

  • 10:09 AM IST

    A day of the South Africans it was in the Australian city of Perth. Klerksdorp-born Marnus Labuschagne and Pretoria-born Neil Wagner called the shots on Thursday as Australia and New Zealand battled it out on a day of attrition. A day of old-age traditional Test cricket where there was good contest between bat and ball. New Zealand did not give an inch while Australia fought hard. In a day of frustration for both teams, no one came out clearly on top and that promises an exciting second day’s play. Hello and a warm welcome.

  • 10:07 AM IST

    … DAY 2 …

  • 6:03 PM IST

    The day has belonged to centurion Marnus Labuschagne but the match right now is tantalisingly close. The middle order of Australia has not been tested for large parts of the last series against Pakistan and New Zealand would be looking to make early inroads on Day 2. We hope for another exciting day of cricket on Friday. Do join us at 1300 Local (0500 GMT). Till then, cheers and take care!

  • 6:01 PM IST

    Marnus Labuschagne on his way to the pavilion stops for an interview. He says that it was difficult in the initial phase of the innings. Mentions that the pitch is tricky to bat on and it feels good to score and bat well. He also adds that the team is in a strong position after the end of the day’s play. The conditions are hot and tiring. On being asked about his achievement of becoming the joint 4th fastest Australian batsman to score 1000 Test runs, Labuschagne says that he was not aware about that record but is happy with his performance.

  • 5:58 PM IST

    Wagner has certainly got to be the pick of the bowlers as he took potentially the most dangerous wickets of David Warner and Steven Smith. Tim Southee and Colin de Grandhomme also chipped in with one wicket each but a major concern for New Zealand will be that they are now one bowler short as Lockie Ferguson had gone off with a calf strain and further updates on him will be provided on the morning of Day 2.

  • 5:53 PM IST

    The day started with a steady partnership between Joe Burns and David Warner. The bowling from the New Zealanders was disciplined and it reaped rewards as Joe Burns departed for just 9 runs. Warner looked confident in his innings of 43 runs but was dismissed in spectacular fashion by Wagner as he took a very good low catch off his own bowling. Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne then formed a 132-run stand and took the hosts to comfortable shores before Smith departed. However, the day belonged to Marnus Labuschagne who made batting look easy on a very tricky pitch where even Steven Smith struggled to find his rhythm. He will be looking to carry on from his knock of 110 runs on Day 2 and give his team a healthy advantage.

  • 5:50 PM IST

    So, that will be it from Day 1 of the first Test match. It has been the day of Marnus Labuschagne who is unbeaten after scoring a ton. Australia end Day 1 on 248/4. The Australian pair of Head and Labuschagne trudge off the pitch with their heads held high and overall a decent day for the hosts.

  • 5:49 PM IST

    89.6 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, Good length ball outside off, Head looks to defend at first but takes his bat away at the last moment. With that, it is STUMPS ON DAY 1.

  • 5:49 PM IST

    89.5 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, 2 runs, Fullish ball on middle and leg, Travis works it through mid-wicket and takes a couple.

  • 5:49 PM IST

    89.4 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, Full delivery on middle, Head blocks it out.

  • 5:49 PM IST

    89.3 Neil Wagner to Marnus Labuschagne, 1 run, JUST! Short ball outside off, Labuschagne plays the upper cut but does not realize that there is a fielder placed there just for that. Luckily for Marnus, the ball fell just short of Ross Taylor at third man. This though, is brilliant captaincy from Kane Williamson.

  • 5:49 PM IST

    89.2 Neil Wagner to Marnus Labuschagne, no run, Good length ball on middle, Labuschagne defends it to mid-wicket.

  • 5:49 PM IST

    89.1 Neil Wagner to Marnus Labuschagne, no run, Full delivery on off, Marnus blocks it back to Wagner.

  • 5:44 PM IST

    88.6 Tim Southee to Travis Head, no run, Full delivery on middle, Head defends it out to cover.

  • 5:44 PM IST

    88.5 Tim Southee to Travis Head, FOUR, FOUR! Nicely played! Southee goes full yet again on off, Head creams the drive between cover and mid off and into the fence. Second boundary of the over.

  • 5:44 PM IST

    88.4 Tim Southee to Travis Head, no run, BEATEN! Beautiful! Good length ball outside off, Head attempts to defend it but misses it completely. There was a bit of noise but Snicko shows that there was no bat on it.

  • 5:44 PM IST

    88.3 Tim Southee to Travis Head, FOUR, FOUR! SHOT! Full delivery outside off, Head leans forward and drills the drive through covers and into the fence. Wagner puts a terrifc run in an attempt to clean it up but fails to do so.

  • 5:44 PM IST

    88.2 Tim Southee to Marnus Labuschagne, 1 run, Good length ball on middle, Marnus whips it to mid-wicket and picks up a single.

  • 5:44 PM IST

    88.1 Tim Southee to Marnus Labuschagne, no run, BEATEN! Southee has been excellent since they have taken the new ball. Good length ball outside off swinging away, Labuschagne looks to defend it off the back foot but the ball whizzes past the bat and into the mitts of the keeper.

  • 5:39 PM IST

    87.6 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, Slower full delivery outside off, Travis picks it and pushes it to mid off.

  • 5:39 PM IST

    87.5 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, BOUNCER! It is bowled around middle stump, Head ducks under it.

  • 5:39 PM IST

    87.4 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, Short ball down the leg side, Head does not fiddle with it and lets the ball go to the keeper.

  • 5:39 PM IST

    87.3 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, Full delivery outside off, Head drives it to cover where the fielder dives to stop the ball.

  • 5:39 PM IST

    87.2 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, Full delivery on middle, Head defends it out.

  • 5:39 PM IST

    87.1 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, BEATEN! Beautiful bowling! Good length delivery outside off, Head looks to defend it but fails to make any connection with it.

  • 5:34 PM IST

    86.6 Tim Southee to Travis Head, 1 run, Full delivery on middle, Travis whips it to deep mid-wicket and takes a single.

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