Australia has registered its name in the history as the first winners of Day-Night Test Cricket or First Pink ball Test Cricket as they defeated highly spirited New Zealand side in the third test match of Trans Tasman Trophy at Adelaide Oval.
Australia Vs New Zealand: Aussies win The First Day-Night Test Match
The historic moment at Adelaide Oval saw the hosts crossing the victory line after some intense battle with their neighbours as Australia somehow managed to win the final test at Adelaide Oval against New Zealand by 3 wickets hence winning the series by 2-0.
The first ever Day-Night Test Match with the pink ball went into Australia’s favour thanks to some luck and Josh Hazlewood as Kiwis fought their blood out to win the match and level the Trans Tasman Trophy but the day belonged to Baggy greens and they are were registered as the first ever winner of a Day-Night Test Match contest.
New Zealand Vs Australia Pink Ball Test: As it happened
The historic day which began 3 days back has marked the beginning of a revolutionary era which is sure to rejuvenate test cricket across the world.
In the First Day-Night Test or Pink Ball Test Match, New Zealand won the toss and the most enthralling Captain, Brendon McCullum opted to bat first which didn’t turn out to be a brave decision as Black Caps tumbled to mere 202 runs with Tom Latham (50) scoring his first fifty of the Aussie tour and also became the first half centurion of Day-Night Test Match. Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc plucked 3 wickets each.
Australian start was equally horrendous as inform dynamite, David Warner went cheaply and Australia saw themselves in a maze when they were 116-8 in their first innings. Kiwis were all over the match after Aussie Captain; Steve Smith (53) gifted his wicket to Mark Craig but then came the game changing decision by third Umpire, Nigel Llong as he couldn’t find an obvious edge on Nathan Lyon’s bat. The decision changed the course of the match as Lyon (34) and Peter Nevill (66) combined to make the score look 190-8 and with final blows from Mitchell Starc (24) saw the Aussie at 224.Doug Bracewell topped the wickets tally with 3 Aussie scalps.
New Zealand was looking good to take some lead of 50-60 runs but they conceded lead of 22 runs thanks to Llong’s visual power. Kiwis batted again but it was clumsy and then it was Josh Hazlewood who trampled Black Caps under lights as he picked 6 wickets in the second innings to reduce Kiwis to 210, which included good efforts from debutant Mitchell Santner (45) and Bracewell’s (27*) late blows.
Pink Ball Test: Australian’s Struggle against Swinger Boult
Australia was asked to chase the tricky target of 187 which actually proved to be tricky with Trent Boult making the batters dance with his swinging pink ball and Brendon McCullum’s aggressive captaincy. Australia initiated the chase with David Warner’s blazing 35 but Aussies lost three quick wickets to be in pressure at 66-3.Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges collaborated to carry forward the campaign but Kiwis never giving up attitude saw them back in the game as Voges (28) felt to Boult followed by Mitchell Marsh (28) but Shaun Marsh was at the crease though he departed to Boult when win was inches away from Australia which was followed by Peter Nevill. Australia was 7 down and even last 2 runs seemed to be a mountain with Kiwis giving all they had. Peter Siddle finally got the winning runs and thus Aussies were the first winners in Day-Night Cricket. Boult bagged 5 wickets for 60 runs.
Australia won the series 2-0 but score line doesn’t show what entertaining cricket New Zealanders displayed as Kiwis never gave up and fought well to level the bilateral series. David Warner was chosen as the Man of the Series while Hazelwood bagged Man of the Match.