Ponting guides Oz to 154-3 in reply to Kiwis 295

Brisbane, Dec 3: Ricky Ponting guided Australia to 154-3 after Daniel Vettori's disciplined innings lifted New Zealand to 295 on Friday as two ex-captains led by example on Day 2 of the first cricket Test.
 Ricky Ponting guided Australia to 154-3 after Daniel Vettori's disciplined innings lifted New Zealand to 295 on Friday as two ex-captains led by example on Day 2 of the first cricket Test.
 Ponting was unbeaten on 67 and Michael Clarke, who replaced him as Australia skipper after the World Cup, was not out 28 in an unbroken 63-run partnership when deteriorating light halted play early for a second day. Both batsmen survived close calls just before stumps.
 New Zealand resumed on Friday at 176-5 and moved to 254 before a moment of madness cost former Black Caps skipper Vettori his maiden Test hundred against old foe Australia. He was run out attempting a quick single for 96 by Mike Hussey's direct hit from mid-off.
 His dismissal ended an innings reviving 156-run sixth-wicket stand with Perth-born Dean Brownlie, who finished unbeaten on 77 after being dropped twice on 3, and gave the momentum back to Australia.
 Vettori had shown the kind of application that was missing from the top order, which crumbled to 96/5 after losing five wickets for 52 due to some rash shots by established batsmen.
 Vettori deserved a hundred in his 19th Test against Australia but had to settle for his fourth half century and highest score against his archrivals.
 His only reprieve came from a fielding mixup after he top-edged an attempted sweep when he was on 71 and skied a chance into the outfield, where Mitchell Starc looked up to see if fellow rookie David Warner wanted the catch before the ball dropped in front of him.
 Vettori faced 126 balls and hit 10 boundaries in a three-hour innings before falling just four runs short of his seventh Test hundred.
 The last five New Zealand wickets fell for 41 with spinner Nathan Lyons polishing off the tailenders to return 4/69 from 21.5 overs. Peter Siddle took 2/57 and Starc's figures blew out to 2/90.
 In a dramatic seven balls between the end of New Zealand's innings and lunch, off-spinner Vettori opened the bowling and Warner scored three runs before he tried to pull away from a rising ball and gloved a catch off Tim Southee's first delivery to wicketkeeper Reece Young.
 The Australians were in further trouble when Phillip Hughes (10) was out in the seventh over, again misjudging a ball outside off stump and angling a low catch to a diving Martin Guptill at gully off Chris Martin's bowling.
 Ponting joined Usman Khawaja with the score at 25-2 and the pair added 66 runs in a steadying third-wicket stand to lift the total to 91-2 at tea. But the partnership ended immediately after the break, with Khawaja run out for 38 when he was slow to back up for a single on the first ball of the session.
 Doug Bracewell thought he had his first Australian scalp, and a prime one, when Clarke chopped onto his stumps trying to pull the bat away from a wideish delivery with the total at 140-3. Clarke started walking back to the pavilion before the umpires called for a review for no-ball, and TV replays confirmed the 21-year-old Bracewell had overstepped, allowing Clarke to resume his innings at 23 in a valuable reprieve for Australia.
SCORE DAY 2:
AUSTRALIA: 3 for 154 (Ponting 67*)
NEW ZEALAND: 295 (Vettori 96, Brownlie 77*, Lyon 4-69)

Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Dec 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Dec 2011 00:00:00 IST




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