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Williamson fights, Australia dominates

New Zealand reaches 140 for 2 at stumps on the second day after the home side declares at 559 for 9

Williamson fights, Australia dominates - Cricket News
Kane Williamson's unbeaten 70 took New Zealand to 140 for 2 after Australia declared on 559 for 9.
Kane Williamson’s unbeaten 70 ensured that New Zealand lost only two wickets in its first innings at the end of the second day of the second Test against Australia at the WACA Ground in Perth on Saturday (November 15).  

After Australia declared its innings at 559 for 9, the visitors reached 140 for the loss of Martin Guptill and Tom Latham, still trailing by 419 runs on a placid track. Ross Taylor, unbeaten on 26, gave Williamson company. 

Put in around 40 minutes before tea, New Zealand lost Guptill in the third over when Mitchell Starc trapped him in front of the wicket for one.

Latham batted cautiously for 36 in 85 balls, adding 81 runs with Williamson. But, Steven Smith’s decision to bring Nathan Lyon for a fresh spell gave Australia the second wicket in the first over after tea. Beaten by the slowness of the delivery, Latham edged Lyon to be caught by Smith, who collected the ball low to his left side.

Except for the phase of play where Mitchell Marsh asked some serious questions, Williamson, who had made 140 and 59 in the 208-run defeat in Brisbane, looked assured in the middle yet again.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand stopped David Warner from recording new highs when he was caught at the slips off Trent Boult for 253.

Australia having resumed the innings on 416 for 2, all eyes were on Warner, who had Matthew Hayen’s record WACA score of 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003 in his sights.

Warner, however, managed just nine runs to his overnight score of 244 before edging one to Mark Craig. Warner’s 253 is now the second-highest individual score at the ground, and he made it in 286 balls and 409 minutes. He hit 24 fours and two sixes on his way to his maiden double-century.

Australia was 512 for 4, but lost quick wickets while trying to up the ante, and Craig benefited the most, finishing with figures of 3 for 123. All his three wickets came in the 132nd over of the innings when he had Phil Nevill stumped, Starc caught at long-on and Mitchell Johnson stumped.

Starc and Johnson fell off consecutive deliveries, but Lyon avoided the hat-trick.

Doug Bracewell (2 for 81) provided a rare moment of delight for the visitors when he took a brilliant reflex catch off his own bowling to remove Marsh for 34.

Australia’s one significant setback during the second day was an apparent hamstring injury to Usman Khawaja, the first-innings centurion. Khawaja pulled up sharply after chasing a ball to the boundary and immediately left the field. He didn't return to field and Cricket Australia said his injury would be assessed on Sunday.

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