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Australia inches closer, but rain stalls victory bid

New Zealand reaches 142 for 3 at tea on fourth day before weather plays spoilsport

Australia inches closer, but rain stalls victory bid - Cricket News
Kane Williamson celebrates his half-century.

The first Test between Australia and New Zealand at the Gabba was fascinatingly poised on Sunday (November 8), with rain refusing to relent after tea and the home side needing seven more wickets to pull off a win.

Australia, however, did get the all-important wicket of Kane Williamson (59 off 74 balls) before the break. He was New Zealand's hero in the first innings with 140 and reached his 50 off 55 balls in the second innings before being adjudged lbw off Nathan Lyon.

The visiting side was 142 for 3, in pursuit of 504 runs for victory with Ross Taylor and Brendan McCullum unbeaten on 20 and 4 respectively, before a combination of bad weather and bad light ended the day's play.

New Zealand's highest successful run chase remains its 324 against Pakistan in Christchurch in 1994.

While Williamson hardly looked troubled during his stay at the crease before his false stroke, Tom Latham and Martin Guptill put on a 44-run opening stand to frustrate Australia.

Latham (29 off 71 balls) did well to survive a probing spell by the pacers before departing lbw to Mitchell Starc, only minutes before bad light stopped play.

Meanwhile, Guptill was reprieved twice off Mitchell Johnson, on nought -- by Joe Burns at short leg -- and 7 -- by Lyon at point. The opener was finally done in by a quicker delivery from Lyon, edging to slip on 23 off 133 balls.

To see the full scorecard of this game, please click here. 

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