For the Kiwis, all's well that ends with Bracewell
New Zealand paceman Doug Bracewell took six wickets in a devastating spell around lunch on the fourth day of the second Test today to fire his country to a dramatic first victory over Australia since 1993. Scorecardcricket Updated: Dec 13, 2011 02:17 IST
New Zealand paceman Doug Bracewell took six wickets in a devastating spell of bowling to fire his country to a dramatic first Test win over Australia since 1993 by just seven runs on Monday.
Australia, requiring 241 for victory on the fourth day of the second test, had appeared to be grinding their way to their target on the back of David Warner's maiden Test century until Bracewell (6-40) helped send them tumbling from 159 for two to 233 all out.
First in 26 yearsThe victory was the first on Australian soil for the Black Caps since 1985 and came despite opener Warner's unbeaten 123, which earned him the man of the match award in his second test.
In a thrillingly tense finish, Warner and Nathan Lyon put on 34 for the last wicket before Bracewell bowled the spinner through the gate for nine, ending what had been a topsy-turvy Test match on a greentop wicket at the Bellerive Oval.
New Zealand's victory, only their third in Australia, levelled the series at 1-1 after the hosts won the first Test match in Brisbane by a facile margin of nine wickets.
"We believed in ourselves that we could win this match, we knew we had to fight, we knew we had to play a lot better than we did in Brisbane," an elated skipper Ross Taylor said on Monday.