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Australia v New Zealand: Tourists on track for series sweep on 1 for 70 at stumps day four, chasing 201 to win

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Australian batsmen Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja (right) leave the field at stumps on day 4 of the second Test Match between Australia and New Zealand at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. © AAP Image/Dave Hunt Australian batsmen Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja (right) leave the field at stumps on day 4 of the second Test Match between Australia and New Zealand at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.

Australia is on track for victory in the second Test in Christchurch, needing 131 more runs on day five for a series sweep over New Zealand.

The tourists finished day four on 1 for 70, chasing 201 for victory after the home side was dismissed for 335 at Hagley Oval on Tuesday.

The Black Caps had set up an intriguing final innings after batting until half an hour into the final session of the day.

Joe Burns and David Warner made a quick start to the chase, and the pair moved the score on to 49 without loss.

But when Warner (22) gloved a leg-side catch to BJ Watling off Neil Wagner half an hour before stumps, it gave a glimmer of hope to the home side.

Burns (27 not out) and Usman Khawaja (19 not out) survived until stumps to give Australia the advantage going into the final day.

Earlier, New Zealand had resumed on 4 for 121, still trailing Australia by 14 runs.

The big moment of the opening session came with the score on 4 for 130, when James Pattinson sent down an inswinger which appeared to hit Anderson on the pad.

The Australians appealed loudly, and when it was given not out they referred the decision.

Hotspot showed that the ball had hit the bat, so Anderson remained not out, triggering an angry outburst from Pattinson towards umpire Ranmore Martinesz.

Anderson and Kane Williamson made it through to lunch with New Zealand on 4 for 197, 62 runs ahead.

Bird makes triple breakthrough after lunch

The second session started with a bang, however, as Australia made a triple breakthrough.

Anderson went first, dragging a Jackson Bird ball on to his stumps to depart for 40 - New Zealand was 5 for 207.

Bird then struck Williamson a painful blow on the inside of the thigh with one delivery, and the following ball he bowled an inswinger that crashed into the stumps to end Williamson's innings on 97.

When Bird dismissed Tim Southee for a duck the home side was 7 for 210 and it looked like the tourists would be chasing victory before too long.

But that was before BJ Watling and Matt Henry settled in for a crucial partnership that frustrated the Australians and ensured the Test would go into a fifth day.

Henry passed Watling to make his 50 off 74 deliveries before his partner was dismissed for 46, ending a partnership of 118.

Henry fell soon afterwards, when Bird picked up his fourth wicket of the innings, clean bowling the Black Caps paceman for a well-made 66.

Bird then dismissed Trent Boult for a duck to finish with figures of 5 for 59, while James Pattinson took 4 for 77.

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