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Three down, seven to go after rain halts fourth day at the Gabba

The Roar The Roar 8/11/2015 Josh Elliott

Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrates after dismissing Kane Williamson of New Zealand during day four of the First Test match. © Chris Hyde/Getty Images Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrates after dismissing Kane Williamson of New Zealand during day four of the First Test match.

Australia must take seven wickets on the fifth day of the Test at the Gabba tomorrow to win after rain halted the match this afternoon.

A stingy New Zealand batting line up started well on the fourth day, after Australia declared overnight.

Chasing 504 runs to win the Black Caps never set their sights on victory but instead batted for the draw and were doing relatively well before the rain.

Tom Latham was the first wicket to fall but managed to face 71 balls before he did so, taken leg before wicket by Mitchell Starc.

He finished with 29 runs to his name and New Zealand had just 44 in total when he fell.

In came Kane Williamson and he and Martin Guptil formed a partnership that took the Aussies a long time to crack.

While Williamson put in another productive performance and was going a run a ball at times during his knock, Guptil put in a very defensive performance.

Kane Williamson of New Zealand leaves the field after being dismissed by Nathan Lyon of Australia © Chris Hyde/Getty Images Kane Williamson of New Zealand leaves the field after being dismissed by Nathan Lyon of Australia

When Guptil finally fell in the 42nd over of the innings, he had faced 133 balls for just 23 runs. He was bowled by Nathan Lyon, caught by Steve Smith.

Lyon took his second wicket just ten overs later, sending Kane Williamson off leg before wicket, leaving New Zealand with captain Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor at the crease.

Rain then started during the tea break and there was little hope that play would continue as the Gabba took a lashing.

Eventually stumps was called and New Zealand finished the day at 142/3 off 53 overs.

The Black Caps would need another 362 runs to win but that of course is not what they’re looking to achieve tomorrow, instead they’ll be hoping to hold out for a draw.

It’s a difficult task with their first three batsmen all sent packing but a draw is still achieveable for them, especially if the rain intervenes again.

Australia need to take seven wickets on the final day if they are to win, and will be buoyed by Lyon’s impact in the latter stages of today’s play.

The stage is set for what could be a dramatic finish to this first Test.


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