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  • 10:29 AM IST

    The pitch now. Seems like one having some grass but the bowler’s footmarks are making an impact.

  • 10:18 AM IST

    New Zealand are in tatters. But can some brave soul amongst you stand up and say it is all over for this inning? Forget Hazlewood’s absence. How many times have we seen BJ Watling fight hard when the chips are down and turn out a hopeless-looking situation? This match might be no different. The Kiwis will know that a good session might just take the chances of an Aussie victory out of this Test. And if they manage to get close to Australia’s total, they could be in ascendancy as well. Na na, don’t get us wrong. You might well see one of the remaining batsmen bat for 3-4 sessions and frustrate the Aussies.

  • 10:11 AM IST

    All the sentences written below look good for Australia. However, there is one point not mentioned. The man who got Jeet Raval with a terrific inswinger. The man who has made the line outside off stump his own. The man who keeps inviting batsmen to drives, as if inviting for a Christmas party. Josh Reginald Hazlewood. A pensive-looking Justin Langer sitting outside the boundary late in the evening on Day 2 signalled some bad and serious news. And this morning, it was confirmed. HAZLEWOOD HAS BEEN RULED OUT OF THE REMAINDER OF THIS TEST, due to a left hamstring strain. He will bat, IF REQUIRED, pretty much like Lockie Ferguson. Which means, Australia just have 3 bowlers to try and take the required 15 wickets. So if you see, the match hangs in the balance.

  • 10:10 AM IST

    Friday was a typical Australia day. Bat long, frustrate the opposition and then rub it into their skin with a few overs left for the close. Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, one can say, batted Australia to safety and then Starc just pushed the Kiwis to the wall. All in readiness for a massive first innings lead. But…

  • 10:09 AM IST

    The third day. Often called the moving day. Australia well on top in this Test. But a bowler down. New Zealand are 5 down. But can work their way up and affect a draw, taking the advantage of their neighbours being a bowler short. 108 needed to avoid the follow-on. And two good sessions to bat on, with the ball not expected to do much under sunlight. Who will make the first move? Hello and a warm welcome from Perth.

  • 10:07 AM IST

    … DAY 3 …

  • 6:16 PM IST

    All the Kiwi hopes will be pinned on Taylor who is batting on 66. He has looked unsettled and unconvincing in his knock so far but the important thing is that he is still unbeaten. BJ Watling is known to be a fighter and they would hope the rest of the batters also contribute to narrow down the deficit which is currently 307. As we have seen that the first two sessions have been excellent to bat and the Black Caps would feel like batting on a different planet on Saturday. Can they make use of those batting-friendly conditions? Australia, on the other hand, will try and take the remaining wickets as quickly as possible otherwise it could be a very tiring day for their bowlers. A lot to play for and it promises to be an exciting day. Do join us at 1300 local (0500 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

  • 6:11 PM IST

    A quick chat with the man of the moment! Mitchell Starc smiles and says that the last session had everything. Feels that they conceded a few more runs than they would have liked but they will take it after picking five wickets as well. Shares that the plan against Wagner was to bowl a few short ones and then hit the stumps. Mentions that Ross Taylor is going hard at them and hopes to remove him quickly on Day 3. On that outstanding catch by Steven Smith, Starc replies that he can pull off a few of those into his pockets and has taken blinders in the past as well. He’s feeling bad for Hazlewood and hopes for some positive news on his fitness.

  • 6:09 PM IST

    The Aussies had one session to have a go at the Kiwi batters and they made full use of it. They removed the openers in the first two overs itself. However, Hazlewood then walked off due to an injury which meant the Aussies were a bowler short. Post that, Williamson and Taylor stitched a 50-plus run stand between them and it started to appear that Australia will be in for a long day on Saturday. There was a moment in the play when Williamson had edged one but Australia did not review. It seemed like that opportunity and being one bowler short would cost them big but an inspirational piece of catching by Steven Smith to dismiss Kane opened the floodgates. From then on, the procession started. The Kiwis slipped from 77 for 2 to 97 for 5 and now face an uphill task to get back into the game!

  • 6:04 PM IST

    Australia’s day by a country mile! Everything went according to the plan for them. They mentally and physically drained the Kiwis in the sultry conditions of the first two sessions by keeping them out on the field. It was slow going for the majority of today with the bat by them but they did score some quick runs before being bowled out for a good first innings score.

  • 6:02 PM IST

    31.6 Pat Cummins to Ross Taylor, FOUR, FOUR! Something to cheer for the Kiwis as Taylor plays a fantastic on drive to finish things off. Cummins is very full in his length as he spears it on middle, Taylor presents a straight bat and drives it past mid on. Neser (sub) can only retrieve the ball from the rope and that will be STUMPS ON DAY 2!

  • 6:02 PM IST

    31.5 Pat Cummins to Ross Taylor, no run, Full delivery on off, Taylor looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

  • 6:01 PM IST

    31.4 Pat Cummins to Ross Taylor, no run, Bowls a bouncer, Taylor does well to duck under it.

  • 6:00 PM IST

    31.3 Pat Cummins to Ross Taylor, no run, Outside off, Ross lets it go.

  • 6:00 PM IST

    31.2 Pat Cummins to Ross Taylor, FOUR, EDGY FOUR! Just wide of the second slip fielder! What was Taylor thinking? So late in the day, that is not even a half volley, why would you go after that delivery? Length delivery outside off, Taylor looks to slash at it but gets an outside edge. It goes uppishly wide of the second slip fielder and into the third man fence. Lucky escape for Rosco. He would have been gutted had he got out that way.

  • 5:59 PM IST

    31.1 Pat Cummins to Ross Taylor, no run, Full delivery on middle, Taylor drives it to mid on.

  • 5:58 PM IST

    30.6 Mitchell Starc to BJ Watling, no run, A little too wide outside off, not played at.

  • 5:57 PM IST

    30.5 Mitchell Starc to BJ Watling, no run, On the middle pole, Watling keeps it out nicely.

  • 5:56 PM IST

    30.4 Mitchell Starc to BJ Watling, no run, Outside off, it is left alone.

  • 5:56 PM IST

    30.3 Mitchell Starc to Ross Taylor, 1 run, One more short one on middle, it is pulled through square leg and a single is taken.

  • 5:55 PM IST

    30.2 Mitchell Starc to Ross Taylor, 2 runs, 100 up for Kiwis! Shorter and on off, Taylor pushes it through covers and takes two.

  • 5:54 PM IST

    30.1 Mitchell Starc to Ross Taylor, no run, Nope! It is a short one just outside off, Taylor looks to cut but it is too close to play that shot. He ends up chopping it on the off side.

  • 5:54 PM IST

    Right then! It is hat-trick ball time. Starc takes his cap off, gives it to his teammate and then walks towards his bowling mark. An inswinging fast yorker coming up?

  • 5:53 PM IST

    29.6 Pat Cummins to BJ Watling, no run, Fuller and wide outside off, Watling does not fiddle with it.

  • 5:53 PM IST

    29.5 Pat Cummins to BJ Watling, no run, A length delivery to end! BJ is solid in defense.

  • 5:52 PM IST

    29.4 Pat Cummins to BJ Watling, no run, On middle, Watling gets right behind the line and keeps it out.

  • 5:51 PM IST

    29.3 Pat Cummins to BJ Watling, no run, One more delivery left alone as it is outside off.

  • 5:51 PM IST

    29.2 Pat Cummins to BJ Watling, no run, Outside off, left alone.

  • 5:50 PM IST

    29.1 Pat Cummins to Ross Taylor, 1 run, Fuller and on middle, Taylor works it through mid-wicket and a single is taken.

  • 5:48 PM IST

    BJ Watling walks out to bat next. He has been in red-hot form of late and is needed big time by the Kiwis.

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