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  • 4:59 AM IST

    It is time for the action to begin now! The Kiwi players make their way out to the middle. They are followed by Steven Smith and Travis Head who will resume from where they left off on Day 1.

  • 4:42 AM IST

    On Boxing Day we witnessed – a jam packed stadium, an amazing atmosphere and an excellent contest between bat and ball. After all that, it is the hosts who hold the edge. They have one batter, Steven Smith, who is nearing another ton and Head who has got off to a decent start. Australia will be hoping the two carry on and set the platform for a big first innings score. The Kiwis on the other hand, aren’t that far behind in the game, a couple of wickets early and they are right back into this. They bowled well yesterday but with not a lot of luck, they would hope the story is different today. Stay tuned for what promises to be another exciting day of Test cricket.

  • 4:42 AM IST

    … Day 2, Session 1 …

  • 12:39 PM IST

    Now then! On Day 2, New Zealand need a few wickets quickly, the second new ball is relatively new and they would hope to enforce a collapse. Australia on the other hand, will hope for one big partnership and the rest to chip in so that they could get to a good first innings total. Do join us for all the action at 1030 local (2330 GMT, Previous day). Till then, take care and goodbye!

  • 12:37 PM IST

    The New Zealand bowling was decent throughout. They did not do a lot wrong but probably did not have a lot of luck on their side. They stuck to their plans, bowled accordingly but could not get the reward. Colin de Grandhomme, who did start off well but came back strongly in the next two sessions, was the pick. Boult and Wagner both had a wicket to their name. Southee did look threatening but nothing in the wickets column for him.

  • 12:35 PM IST

    It was all about partnerships for Australia! Except for the first wicket, every other partnership was broken only after adding a stand of over 50. None however went onto become something significant. The Aussie batters too failed to make most of the starts they got. Steven Smith however, seems to be all set for another big one. Australia would hope Head can also make use of this opportunity and both can take the team to a big first innings score.

  • 12:31 PM IST

    Australia’s day in the end! You have to say that, just the 4 wickets in the whole day after electing to bowl, not what you would have thought when that decision was taken. Also, the last session too was dominated by the hosts. Just the one wicket is what they lost and they managed to add 102 runs with Steven Smith looking solid as a rock and Head playing himself in nicely.

  • 12:29 PM IST

    89.6 Tim Southee to Travis Head, no run, Head negotiates it easily! It is a gentle length delivery around middle, Head stays back and keeps it out. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 1!

  • 12:29 PM IST

    89.5 Tim Southee to Travis Head, no run, Makes him play by bowling it on a length and around off, Head keeps it out easily. Last ball coming up…

  • 12:28 PM IST

    89.4 Tim Southee to Travis Head, no run, Looks to swing it back in from outside off but does not get it to come back enough. Left alone. Need to make the batter play here, last two balls coming up.

  • 12:27 PM IST

    89.3 Tim Southee to Travis Head, no run, Outside off, left alone.

  • 12:27 PM IST

    89.2 Tim Southee to Travis Head, FOUR, EDGY FOUR! How many times have we seen a boundary down in the third man region? From around the wicket, it lands on middle, it straightens. Head looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge. No third slip in place and the ball races down to the third man fence.

  • 12:26 PM IST

    89.1 Tim Southee to Steven Smith, 1 run, On the fuller side, Smith strokes it wide of mid off for one. The fielder there makes a wild throw to the keeper who fails to collect it but no extra run taken.

  • 12:25 PM IST

    88.6 Trent Boult to Travis Head, no run, A sharp bumper to end but it is outside off, Head lets it be.

  • 12:25 PM IST

    88.5 Trent Boult to Travis Head, no run, Goes fuller this time and outside off, Head lets it go again.

  • 12:25 PM IST

    88.4 Trent Boult to Travis Head, no run, A little bit of width on offer outside off, Head does not fiddle with it.

  • 12:24 PM IST

    88.3 Trent Boult to Travis Head, no run, A short one and on middle, it is evaded.

  • 12:23 PM IST

    88.2 Trent Boult to Travis Head, no run, This is on the pads, the batter looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Head misses out on another boundary there.

  • 12:22 PM IST

    88.1 Trent Boult to Travis Head, FOUR, FOUR! Short, wide and put away! It is outside off, Head cuts it through point for a boundary. 250 up for Australia.

  • 12:21 PM IST

    87.6 Tim Southee to Steven Smith, no run, Outside off, not played at.

  • 12:21 PM IST

    87.5 Tim Southee to Steven Smith, no run, This is angled into the pads, Smith gently works it to mid-wicket.

  • 12:20 PM IST

    87.4 Tim Southee to Steven Smith, no run, Another one on the off pole, defended.

  • 12:20 PM IST

    87.3 Tim Southee to Steven Smith, no run, On off, blocked.

  • 12:19 PM IST

    87.2 Tim Southee to Steven Smith, no run, That was played with very soft hands! It is on a length and around off, it shapes away. Smith just looks to put bat to ball. The ball though hits the outside edge but falls short of first slip.

  • 12:19 PM IST

    87.1 Tim Southee to Steven Smith, no run, Angled into the pads, Smith keeps it out.

  • 12:18 PM IST

    86.6 Trent Boult to Travis Head, no run, Shorter and on off, Head hops and keeps it out.

  • 12:17 PM IST

    86.5 Trent Boult to Travis Head, no run, Leading edge but safe! This one shapes a touch from middle, Head looks to work it across the line against the movement. He gets a soft leading edge towards mid off.

  • 12:16 PM IST

    86.4 Trent Boult to Travis Head, no run, On off and it shapes away. Head opens the face of the bat and guides it to gully.

  • 12:16 PM IST

    86.3 Trent Boult to Travis Head, no run, On middle, Head stays back and keeps it out.

  • 12:15 PM IST

    86.2 Trent Boult to Travis Head, no run, Outside off, Head looks to leave but there is a little extra bounce. Head awkwardly lets it go in the end.

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