Australia needs 105 runs, New Zealand needs 5 wickets to win 2nd test cricket test on Day 4

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Mitch Marsh and Alex Carey reached half centuries in an unbroken partnership of 94 runs as Australia withstood New Zealand’s push for victory on the fourth morning of the second cricket test. Australia started the day needing 202 to win to complete a 2-0 sweep of the series.

Australia’s Mitch Marsh bats on day four of the second cricket test between New Zealand and Australia in Christchurch, New Zealand, Monday, March 11, 2024. New Zealand players celebrate the wicket of Australia’s Travis Head on day four of the second cricket test between New Zealand and Australia in Christchurch, New Zealand, Monday, March 11, 2024.

Only one Australian wicket fell before lunch. Travis Head was out for 18 and at the break Australia was 174-5, needing 105 runs to win.Both batters went to the crease under pressure. Marsh made ducks in his two previous innings and Carey had scores of 10, 13 and 14. Together they batted Australia into a position in which it holds the upper hand, though only the bowlers remain in the lower order if this partnership is broken.

Marsh had a reprieve early in the session. He cut the first ball bowled by Tim Southee on the fourth day directly to point, where Rachin Ravindra couldn’t hold a relatively simple catch.

 

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