Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day Three of the first-ever day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide. This is the third Test of the series, and Day Three might just be the final day of this match. I am Shiamak Unwalla, and I will bring you all the live cricket scores and updates from the day’s play. The match has swung in favour of both teams at varying points, and just when one side seems to be in command the other team has found a way to fight back. Such has been the trend that virtually each session sees a different team dominate. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs New Zealand, 3rd Test at Adelaide
Live Cricket Score: Australia 188/6 (Target: 187) | Overs 51 | BATSMEN: Peter Siddle 9(12), Mitchell Starc 0(1) | All over at Adelaide, after poor a couple of innings, Marsh senior strikes just in time who set the road to victory but was dismissed in the 48th over before Siddle and injured Mitchell Starc finished the job for Australia. The game got close when Nevil was dismissed just after Shaun. However, Starc and Siddle held nerves under tremendous pressure. Josh Hazlewood’s six wickets are surely one of the major reasons for the hosts’superb victory in the first-ever day-night Test. Australia have defeated the visitors by five wickets with two days still left in the game. The new trend of Tests finishing inside three days continues! OUT! Peter Nevill 10(27) c BJ Watling b Trent Boult
Live Cricket Score: Australia 180/6 (Target: 187) | Overs 48 | BATSMEN: Peter Nevill 8(17), Peter Siddle 4(5) | Shaun Marsh cannot finish off the game, Trent Boult gets a consolation wicket yowards the end but it’s too late now. A good lengthy delivery from Boult is edged by Marsh senior to Taylor in the first slip. He has to walk back as the Adelaide oval applauds for him. OUT! Shaun Marsh c Ross Taylor b Trent Boult 49(117)
Live Cricket Score: Australia 161/5 (Target: 187) | Overs 39 | BATSMEN: Shaun Marsh 45(85), Peter Nevill 0(0) | Mitchell Santner has finally come on to bowl, and he is greeted with a six! Mitchell Marsh wasting no time. OH GONE! Looking for a replay, and Marsh Jr has holed out. Bit too little, bit too late? OUT! Mitchell Marsh 28(29) c Kane Williamson b Mitchell Santner
Live Cricket Score: Australia 139/4 (Target: 187) | Overs 36 | BATSMEN: Shaun Marsh 32(74), Mitchell Marsh 16(22) | The early wicket of Adam Voges kept the Black Caps interested, but the Marsh brothers have since evened things out. Mitch has come out looking aggressive, and Shaun has been as secure as he ever has been. Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell trying hard.
Live Cricket Score: Australia 119/4 (Target: 187) | Overs 31 | BATSMEN: Shaun Marsh 28(60), Mitchell Marsh 1 (6) | Boult Strikes once again as he gets rid of Adam Voges caught bu Tim Southee at slips. This is just the start New Zealand would have wanted after the break. Mitchell Marsh comes out to the crease to join his brother Shaun. OUT! Adam Voges c Southee b Boult 28 (54)
Live Cricket Score: Australia 113/3 (Target: 187) | Overs 28 | BATSMEN: Adam Voges 27(41), Shaun Marsh 24(52) | And its dinner time at Adelaide and Australia need a further 74 more to win the match and seal the series 2-0. New Zealand on the other hand must get 7 more wickets after the supper break to win the match and level the 3-match series at 1-1.
Live Cricket Score: Australia 111/3 (Target: 187) | Overs 27 | BATSMEN: Adam Voges 26(37), Shaun Marsh 23(50) | Australia continue to survive. Both Batsmen having been leaving the ball outside off well alone. They know that they have a lot of time in their hands to knock off these runs.
Live Cricket Score: Australia 95/3 (Target: 187) | Overs 23 | BATSMEN: Adam Voges 19(29), Shaun Marsh 14(34) | Australia ticking along very well and have not looked in trouble since the loss of Steven Smith’s wicket. Mark Craig has not bowled as well as he can, but the fast bowlers are keeping the batsmen on their toes. Another wicket here and New Zealand will be right back in the contest.
Live Cricket Score: Australia 74/3 (Target: 187) | Overs 18 | BATSMEN: Adam Voges 7(15), Shaun Marsh 5(18) | Huge moment in the match! Steven Smith is back in the hut as well. Shaun Marsh is a doubtful starter. Adam Voges the key right now. OUT! Steven Smith 14(24) LBW Trent boult
Live Cricket Score: Australia 66/2 (Target: 187) | Overs 13 | BATSMEN: Steven Smith 14(22), Adam Voges 4(5) | GONE! Doug Bracewell strikes as Tim Southee completes an easy catch at second slip to give New Zealand a much needed breakthrough especially after Mitchell Santner had dropped a sitter couple of overs back. David Warner after a brisk innings has to walk back to the pavilion. OUT! David Warner c Tim Southee b Doug Bracewell 35 (37)
Live Cricket Score: Australia 34/1 (Target: 187) | Overs 6 | BATSMEN: David Warner 21(19), Steven Smith 0(3) | BOULT STRIKES! Joe Burns is out LBW, that was a perfect left-arm in swing to the right-hander. Riveting start so far. OUT! Joe Burns 11(14) LBW Trent Boult
Live Cricket Score: New Zealand 208 | Overs 62.5 | BATSMEN: Doug Bracewell 27(40) | Josh Hazlewood cleans up the last man, and Doug Bracewell is left stranded on an unbeaten 27. Boult out for 5, and Australia need 187 runs to win this match. It will not be an easy task though. And it’s tea on Day 3. OUT! Trent Boult 5(12) b Josh Hazlewood. TEA REPORT: New Zealand set Australia 187 at tea on Day 3 of first-ever day-night Test at Adelaide
Live Cricket Score: New Zealand 193/9 | Overs 59.4 | BATSMEN: Doug Bracewell 17(32), Trent Boult 0(1) | Mitchell Santner’s wicket has pegged New Zealand back a bit, but the lead is slowly inching toward 200. GOOD CATCH. Tim Southee whacked that one with all his might, but little timing. It was swirling around in the deep, but Nathan Lyon has taken it. OUT! Tim Southee 13(15) c Nathan Lyon b Mitchell Marsh
Live Cricket Score: New Zealand 175/8 | Overs 55 | BATSMEN: Doug Bracewell 12(19), Tim Southee 1(2) | Mitchell Santner’s lovely innings has finally come to an end. He hit a fantastic six off Lyon but was out attempting a similar shot a couple of balls later. OUT! Mitchell Santner 45(88) st Peter Nevill b Nathan Lyon
Live Cricket Score: New Zealand 169/7 | Overs 52 | BATSMEN: Mitchell Santner 39(78), Doug Bracewell 12(13) | Doug Bracewell has looked positive, but how impressive has Mitchell Santner been!? He is batting wonderfully, especially given that this is his Test debut. New Zealand now lead by a handy 147. Another 53 runs and game on!
Live Cricket Score: New Zealand 142/7 | Overs 47 | BATSMEN: Mitchell Santner 22(60), Doug Bracewell 2(1) | Mitchell Santner and Mark Craig have batted really well, the lead is already a tricky 118. Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle are bowling well, but Santner has been quite solid. Craig will score his runs at a decent rate, so if the pair stays till the end of the session New Zealand will feel good about themselves. NOT TO BE! Josh Hazlewood takes his fifth, and Craig edges behind. OUT! Mark Craig 15(25) c Peter Nevill b Josh Hazlwood
Live Cricket Score: New Zealand 125/6 | Overs 41 | BATSMEN: Mitchell Santner 14(41), Mark Craig 8(9) | Mitchell Santner and BJ Watling are the last recognised batting pair. Mark Craig has a decent average as well, much like India’s Ravichandran Ashwin, but if you start relying on your No. 8 to score runs, you are already in trouble. OH GONE! Looks like No. 8 will need to do it after all. Hazlewood gets Watling to edge to slip! OUT! BJ Watling 7(35) c Steven Smith b Josh Hazlewood
Live Cricket Score: New Zealand 116/5 | Overs 38 | BATSMEN: Mitchell Santner 13(29), BJ Watling 7(32) | Mitchell Santner and BJ Watling will look to avoid Australia early wickets in the first session. With a slender lead of 94 New Zealand will want to get up to 150-plus lead minimum in order to give their bowlers something to play with. Peter Siddle in the very first over of the day looks to be limping. He had done a fitness test just before the start of play. Be ready for a enthralling day-night of cricket between Australia and New Zealand.
Day 3: This is how the pitch looks just before start of Day 3.
New Zealand were in a spot of bother at stumps on Day Two, ahead by 94 runs but with half their side back in the hut. The two unbeaten batsmen at stumps are the out-of-form BJ Watling and the debutant Mitchell Santner. Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum got off to good starts but both batsmen were dismissed within a few overs of each other as the consistent Josh Hazlewood and the erratic Mitchell Marsh took five wickets between them. READ: Australia vs New Zealand 2015 series shows DRS is not faulty; the need is for efficient operators and interpreters
Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor said, “Definitely no figure. Whatever we end up with we’re just going to have to get some wickets but more importantly having that new ball as close to twilight as possible. If we can keep them out there and keep our bowlers from bowling not as many overs tomorrow, then we give ourselves the best chance.” READ: When Brendon McCullum paid perfect tribute to Phillip Hughes with dazzling double century against Pakistan
Australia: Joe Burns, David Warner, Steven Smith (c), Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (c), BJ Watling (wk), Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
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