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  • 4:45 AM IST

    For the numbers, Australia lead by 456 runs. The plan might be to try and bat till Lunch and then get declare. The Kiwis will be a bowler short, given that Trent Boult has been ruled out of the series. They will hope that Neil Wagner gets a few quick wickets and earns a 5-fer.

  • 4:43 AM IST

    Right. On that note, let us now focus to the match on hand. Where is it heading? Probably well beyond New Zealand’s reach. The million dollar question would be when would Australia declare. Runs are not an issue, it is the time Tim Paine feels he needs to give his bowlers to take 10 wickets. Scorchers are expected on Sunday and Monday, so bowler management would be on top priority.

  • 4:40 AM IST

    Well, normally, we would begin a day by citing the equations, the match situation, the plans, etc, etc, etc. But we shall adopt a different approach today. Because a breaking news has just come from Down Under. PETER SIDDLE HAS JUST ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL BE RETIRING FROM INTERNATIONAL CRICKET, to immediate effect. A real champion, a real trier. Thank you, Sidders…

  • 4:39 AM IST

    … DAY 4 …

  • 12:46 PM IST

    Right. What will be Australia’s plan on Sunday? Declare overnight? Or come out, bat for an hour, score some quick runs and then declare? There is some forecast of rain on Monday, so Paine would be mindful of that. In all likelihood, Sunday could be the final day of international cricket in Australia this year. Join us on 29th December, 2019 at 10.30 am local (2330 GMT, previous day). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

  • 12:44 PM IST

    Australia got off to a decent start in their second innings but have ended up losing 4 wickets before close. Cannot say that the bowling was overly good because runs do not matter at this stage. The batsmen are playing purely for time, to give their bowlers sufficient rest. The talk of the evening would be Neil Wagner slowly getting into the list of bowlers having a wood over Steven Smith. 4/4 in this series!

  • 12:43 PM IST

    It all happened in the first hour. Pat Cummins and James Pattinson blew the Kiwi middle order away and they never recovered. Tom Latham fought but that was only as far as keeping the deficit to 319. Only, did we say? Well, it did work in terms of delaying the inevitable as Tim Paine chose to bat again, given the extreme conditions in this Test and also, less gap between this one and the New Year’s Test.

  • 12:39 PM IST

    An action-packed day then. 4 wickets in the first session, 4 in the second and 4 in the third. An overall tally of 12. The match has progressed rapidly and Sunday might well be the final day of this game.

  • 12:37 PM IST

    Phew. That guy was panting. He may not admit it, but Neil Wagner does look tired. But it has just been him who has defined New Zealand’s bowling. Single-handedly, he has given them some respectability in this one-sided Test.

  • 12:35 PM IST

    Neil Wagner is having a chat with Kath Loughnan. On him having a wood over Smith, with the record reading 4/4, Wagner still feels he does not have the wood on the best batsman in the world, but is thrilled to have dismissed him. Mentions it is a special occasion to take the 200th wicket on this ground and in front of this crowd. He feels sore now and he would want a good sleep and come back fresh on Day 4. Is amazed to see so much of Kiwi support here and hopes to keep fighting and make the fans proud. Is looking forward to coming back on Sunday and give it his best.

  • 12:33 PM IST

    44.6 Neil Wagner to Matthew Wade, no run, Full on middle, pushed towards mid on. STUMPS ON DAY 3, AUSTRALIA LEAD BY 456!

  • 12:32 PM IST

    44.5 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, 1 run, He is giving it his all though. A short ball, banged in the middle of the deck, generating extra bounce, Travis looked to hook but got a top edge which did not carry to fine leg. A run taken.

  • 12:32 PM IST

    44.4 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, Around middle, defended watchfully.

  • 12:31 PM IST

    Isa Guha on air remarks that probably for the first time, Neil Wagner is looking a bit tired. Strong statement. Just 3 more balls and then he can get a good massage.

  • 12:31 PM IST

    44.3 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, Very full, around off, almost a yorker, dug out.

  • 12:30 PM IST

    44.2 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, This one is down the leg side and the batsman leaves it alone.

  • 12:30 PM IST

    44.1 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, A length ball on middle, Head defends it watchfully.

  • 12:29 PM IST

    43.6 Trent Boult to Matthew Wade, no run, Outside off, left alone again.

  • 12:28 PM IST

    43.5 Trent Boult to Matthew Wade, no run, Outside off, not played at.

  • 12:28 PM IST

    43.4 Trent Boult to Matthew Wade, 2 runs, Short and on middle, Wade pulls it through mid-wicket and bags a couple.

  • 12:27 PM IST

    43.3 Trent Boult to Matthew Wade, no run, Outside off, it is left alone.

  • 12:27 PM IST

    43.2 Trent Boult to Matthew Wade, FOUR, FOUR! Too short and width on offer, it has been put away. Short and outside off, Wade cuts it behind point and it races to the fence.

  • 12:26 PM IST

    43.1 Trent Boult to Travis Head, 1 run, A length ball, down the leg side, tucked through square leg for a single.

  • 12:25 PM IST

    42.6 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, 1 run, A length ball, down the leg side, Head hops and tucks it past short leg, through square leg for a run.

  • 12:24 PM IST

    42.5 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, Down the leg side, flick shot missed.

  • 12:24 PM IST

    42.4 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, This one holds off the deck, from a length, TH initially looks to pull, with a hop but then adjusts at the last moment, pushing the ball back down the track.

  • 12:23 PM IST

    42.3 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, A bouncer now, ducked under.

  • 12:22 PM IST

    42.2 Neil Wagner to Travis Head, no run, A short ball, down the leg side, Head looks to pull but misses.

  • 12:22 PM IST

    42.1 Neil Wagner to Matthew Wade, 1 run, Full on middle, driven through mid on for a single.

  • 12:21 PM IST

    41.6 Trent Boult to Travis Head, no run, Fuller and on middle, it is driven to mid on.

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