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AUS467,168/5(54.2ov)NZ148,240(71.0ov)

Australia beat New Zealand by 247 runs
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Travis Head

70.6Labuschagne to Blundell

W
OUT! That is clean as a whistle! That is the end of the game! Trent Boult will not come out to bat. End of an outstanding innings. An innings of high caliber. He was going after every delivery now and departs in the attempt to do so. He steps out and hammers this low towards Lyon at mid off who seems to have taken it. The Aussie players start celebrating, the batsman is seen shaking hands with the Australians. The umpires though want to get it checked. They take it upstairs. The SOFT SIGNAL IS OUT! Replays roll in and they show it is a clean catch. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 247 RUNS!

70.5Labuschagne to Blundell

0
Shorter and around off, it is hit hard to covers.

70.4Labuschagne to Blundell

4
FOUR! Comes down the track and makes it into a full toss. It is dragged through wide mid on and a boundary results.

70.3Labuschagne to Blundell

0
Blundell uses his feet again and whips it straight to mid on.

70.2Labuschagne to Blundell

0
DROPPED! That was hit hard but it should have been taken! Blundell comes down the track and hammers it back towards the bowler. Labuschagne seems to have taken his eyes off the ball when he needed to watch it closely and the ball does not stay in.

70.1Labuschagne to Blundell

4
FOUR! Raining boundaries! A short one outside off, Blundell stays back and slaps it through covers for a boundary.

69.6Lyon to Wagner

4
FOUR! HAMMERED! That bursts through the hands of Lyon. Wagner comes down the track and gets to the pitch of it. Slams it back towards the bowler. Lyon looks to catch it but it bursts through his hands and goes down to the long off fence.

69.5Lyon to Blundell

1
Steps down and eases it down to long on for one.

69.4Lyon to Blundell

0
Lyon changes the angle and fires it outside off, it is left alone.

69.3Lyon to Blundell

4
FOUR! Almost an action replay of the last ball! Another one which is short and asking to be hit. Blundell rocks back and pulls it through square leg for another boundary.

69.2Lyon to Blundell

4
FOUR! Short ball and put away! It sits up to be hit. Blundell goes back and pulls it hard over mid-wicket for a boundary.

69.1Lyon to Blundell

0
Pitches around leg, Blundell pads it away. Lyon appeals but nothing from the umpire.

68.6Labuschagne to Wagner

0
A touch short from this South African born, spinning in again, the other South African tries to work it to the leg side but misses and is hit on the thigh pads.

68.5Labuschagne to Wagner

0
Massive turn. Full and outside off, Wagner comes half-forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Labuschagne appeals but that was spinning way down the leg side.

68.4Labuschagne to Blundell

1
Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single through the off side.

68.3Labuschagne to Blundell

2
Down the leg side, helped fine for a couple.

68.2Labuschagne to Blundell

0
Action replay of the previous delivery.

68.1Labuschagne to Blundell

0
Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.

67.6Lyon to Wagner

0
On middle, it is kept out.

67.5Lyon to Wagner

0
On middle, defended.

67.4Lyon to Wagner

2
A couple! Shorter and outside off, this is slapped through covers for two.

67.3Lyon to Wagner

0
Outside off, it is left alone.

67.2Lyon to Southee

W
OUT! RUN OUT! Southee is out of here now! That is a big, big mix-up. Not sure what the two were doing. I feel both were ball-watching. Southee taps this towards point and then takes a few steps ahead. Blundell is jogging towards the other end but then, for some reason, both stop. Blundell now decides to turn and run to the non-striker's end. In the end both are running to the bowler's end. Pattinson from point gets to the ball and then throws it to the keeper who whips the bails off. Australia now a wicket away and Lyon needs one for a fifer.

67.1Lyon to Southee

0
The batsman defends it from within the crease.

66.6Labuschagne to Blundell

0
On off again, Blundell keeps it out nicely.

66.5Labuschagne to Blundell

0
On off, it is pushed to covers.

66.4Labuschagne to Blundell

0
Outside off, left alone.

66.3Labuschagne to Blundell

0
Outside off, this is guided to point.

66.2Labuschagne to Blundell

0
Quicker and shorter on off, TB stays back and keeps it out.

66.1Labuschagne to Blundell

0
Well bowled! This lands on off and then turns away a little. Beats the outside edge of Blundell's bat as he tries to defend.

65.6Lyon to Southee

2
Shorter and outside off, Southee cuts it behind point for two.

65.5Lyon to Santner

W
OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! There goes no. 7 and Australia are now only two wickets away. Still a little more than 30 minutes left for Stumps. Four-fer for Lyon. This is flatter and on off, Santner goes back to defend but the ball turns away, kisses the outside edge and Paine takes a good catch. Paine appeals while Erasmus has got his finger raised almost instantaneously. Santner trudges off. An entertaining stand comes to an end.

65.4Lyon to Santner

0
Loopy ball on off, Santner keeps it out nicely.

65.3Lyon to Blundell

1
Blundell steps out and works it down to long on for one.

65.2Lyon to Santner

1
Gets it past cover this time and towards wide long off for one.

65.1Lyon to Santner

0
Tosses it up around off, it is hit hard towards cover.

64.6Cummins to Blundell

0
On the body, it skids through. Blundell is late on the pull and it hit on the body.

64.5Cummins to Blundell

0
A short delivery which has been pulled away.

64.4Cummins to Blundell

0
On the pads, it is worked to mid-wicket.

64.3Cummins to Santner

1
On the pads, it is worked down to fine leg for one.

64.2Cummins to Santner

0
Back of a length and on middle, kept out.

64.1Cummins to Blundell

1
100 for Tom Blundell! Take a bow, young man. First Kiwi to score a ton at the MCG. Outstanding stuff. A fighting knock of great character. Also, let me remind you that he is not an opener, he bats lower down the order, this is the first time he is opening in a First-Class game and has delivered. Came in the side for the under-performing Raval and has grabbed the opportunity with both hands. He gets there by working this full ball on middle through mid-wicket for one. He takes his helmet off and the whole stadium is up on its feet to applaud the effort.

63.6Lyon to Santner

0
On middle, kept out.

63.5Lyon to Blundell

1
Blundell onto 99! He steps out and works it through mid on for one.

63.4Lyon to Blundell

0
Down the leg side, extra bounce there. Blundell looks to flick but misses.