Brisbane, Dec 4: Australia extended their winning streak to 23 at Gabba after defeating New Zealand by 9 wickets in the first test at Brisbane. Aussies take a 1-0 lead in the two match series against Kiwis. With an impressive 6 wickets on debut, James Pattinson was aptly adjudged the man of the match.
[Scorecard: 1st Test; New Zealand Vs Australia, Brisbane]
After winning the toss New Zealand elected bat and posted 295 as Vettori top scored with 96 and Brownlie remained unbeaten on 77. Kiwis managed to get a 44 run stand for the opening wicket before Guptill was dismissed for 13. After the fall of Guptill, wickets tumbled as NZ were reduced to 96/5 with the top order back in the pavillion with 4 runs short of a hundred.
Later, fortunately for Kiwis, Vettori and Brownlie put on 158 runs for the 6th wicket which happens to be the highest partnership of the match helping the team reach close to 300.
As far as the bowling is concerned, Aussies were fantastic though they allowed the 6th wicket partnership to go past 150 runs, seamers were top class, as they dismissed the top order was dismissed cheaply. Lyon picked up 4 wickets while Starc and Siddle got 2 wickets each and the star of the second innings grabbed one wicket to add the tally to 6 wickets in his debut Test.
In reply to Kiwis' 295, Aussies scored 427 as skipper Clarke, Ponting and Haddin helped the team register 132 first innings lead. Another survival innings by Ponting showed that he is trying to get back to the groove before the upcoming series against India. Haddin too played an extraordinary innings to score his 10th Test fifty.
Kiwis did try to restrict the Aussies but their effort was in vain as skipper Clarke went on to post 139 to help Australia get a 132 runs lead in the first innings. Martin was the pick of the bowlers for Kiwis as he picked 3 wickets while Southee and Vettori managed to get two wickets each.
After leading by 132 runs, Aussies restricted Kiwis to 150 in their second innings. Wickets falling at one end, only Ryder and Brownlie showed resistance as they scored 36 and 42 respectively. With only one partnership Kiwis succumbed to the pace of Pattinson who was extraordinary on Day 4 of the first test as he picked up 5 wickets for 27 runs in the second innings.
James Pattinson became the 32nd Australian bowler to register a five wicket haul on Test debut and the third Australian to achieve this feat in 2011 after Lyon and Cummins.
With just 19 runs to win, Aussies raced to 19 losing opener Hughes for 7 within 3 overs with Warner scoring the winning runs. This match witnessed test debuts from David Warner, Starc and man of the match Pattinson. With this win, Aussies have shown that they are invincible at Gabba as they have extended their winning streak to 23.
Last time Aussies lost a Test match at Gabba was against West Indies in 1988. Ever since that loss, they have won 17 and managed to drawn six matches. With another match to go before the series against India, Aussies are all geared up to finish this test series on a high as they can draw a few plus points from the current series.