Burns, Smith put Australia in commanding position

From: Cricbuzz.com

That’s stumps on Day 2. A day which could have been so much worse for the Kiwis had it not been for those quick wickets towards the fag-end. Atleast, it gives them some hope with both set batsmen back in the hutch. They were rubbed into the dirt by a humongous 289-run partnership for the most part. It began promisingly for the hosts though. Boult utilized the early morning nip on offer to get rid of Khawaja. But what followed was heavily distressing and disheartening. The pitch, where the ball darted around at the same time yesterday, went benign. Completely. Full credit to the pair of Burns and Smith though. The duo completely shut the door and offered very little to no chances. Their record-breaking stand has helped the Aussies to within touching distance of New Zealand’s first innings score and even raised hopes of a crushing lead. One that will completely take the game away.

 

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