Australia wipe off Kiwi tail to win the Gabba Test

November 23rd, 2008 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Chris MartinBrisbane, Nov 23 (IANS) Australian bowlers feasted on a New Zealand tail to win the first Test at Gabba with 149-runs here Sunday.Chasing a victory target of 327 runs, New Zealand began on a devastating note Saturday. They crumbled against the seam and pace of the Australian attack to be reduced to 143 for six by the end of third day’s play. And the hosts completed the formalities Sunday packing them off for 177 runs.

The visitors, facing a 184 run deficit, continued with their brittle display and it took Australia just 48 minutes to wipe off the remaining four wickets for 34 runs.

The bleak New Zealand hopes rested on their overnight batsman Ross Taylor (75) and captain Daniel Vettori but both fell to Mitchell Johnson (5-39) after putting up 18 runs.

While Vettori was caught at point by Andrew Symonds, Taylor followed when he was caught behind by Brad Haddin, adding only 8 runs to his overnight total.

Tim Southee provided some entertainment when he hit two sixes straight down the ground off Stuart Clark but that was all. The New Zealand’s innings came to a swift end when Chris Martin’s bails were castled off by Johnson who ended with match figures of nine for 69, to win the Man-of-the-Match award.

It was a huge effort by Australia after they were shot down for 214 in their first innings and were reduced to six for 115 in the second innings before Katich scored a fighting century to carry his bat through the innings.

The final match of the two-Test series begins Friday at Adelaide Oval.

Brief scores: Australia 214 and 268
New Zealand 156 and 177 (Ross Taylor 75, Daniel Flynn 29; Mitchell Johnson 5-39, Stuart Clark 4-43)

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