The India Times Online

Australia wins the second test against New Zealand by three wickets to complete the series 2-0

<p>In the second Test of the two-match series, Australia defeated New Zealand by three wickets on Monday in Christchurch.</p>
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<p>Thanks to a 140-run partnership between Alex Carey (not out) and Mitchell Marsh (80), the visitors managed to achieve their 279 total at the expense of seven wickets.</p>
<p>Alex Carey, who was named the game’s MVP, was ecstatic with the victory.</p>
<p>This game had a nice flow and was a terrific series. They came hard and put pressure on us last night when they were back against the wall. After the game, Carey commented, “It’s so nice to be home.”</p>
<p>The winning run scorer for Australia, Pat Cummins, said that he was unaware that his teammate was close to a century on the other end.</p>
<p>It’s been tight, with everyone feeling anxious for the last several hours. Incredible victory. (During victory runs) “Anyway to win, I didn’t know Carey was on 98,” Cummins said.</p>
<p>Despite being the current World Test Champions, Australia was deemed the better team by Tim Southee, the captain of New Zealand, who is his opposite.</p>
<p>It was a fantastic test. Our team was severely damaged by Marsh and Carey’s relationship. Though it wasn’t to be, there was a little excitement at the finish. When you’re playing the best team in the world, this might occur, according to Southee.</p>
<p>Rain at Hagley Oval postponed Australia’s attempt to chase down the last 202 runs required for victory, and Tim Southee of New Zealand struck early to remove Travis Head and cut the tourists down to 80-5. Both teams had their periods of dominance during the day as the game took place on a fourth-day surface that was comparatively moderate. However, it was Carey’s calm hand and Marsh’s 80-run knock that led Australia to victory.</p>
<p>Carey and Mitchell Marsh (80) had a partnership of 140 for the sixth wicket, calming the crowd and bringing the visitors to within 60 runs of their goal despite their respective scares.</p>
<p>After dismissing Mitchell Starc and Marsh in consecutive balls, Ben Sears (4-90) gave New Zealand hope for their first home victory over their neighbors in thirty-one years, but Carey and captain Pat Cummins (32) saw Australia through on 281-7.</p>

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