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Australia beats New Zealand in second Test, Alex Carey’s unbeaten 98* runs record as second wicketkeeper-batsman in fourth innings

Australia reached second place in the World Test Championship standings after defeating New Zealand in the second test.

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Alex Carey notched an unbeaten 98 runs during his fourth-innings batting display. ( Photo Source: X known as Twitter)

Australia Clinches 2nd Christchurch Test as Alex Carey’s Unbeaten 98* Shines

Australia has defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets in the second Christchurch Test match, Alex Carey scored unbeaten 98 runs while batting in the fourth innings. He became the second wicketkeeper batsman who played an unbeaten inning of 98* runs in the fourth innings.

Australia’s Alex Carey has achieved a new feat in his name by becoming the second batsman in Test cricket to score an unbeaten 98* while batting in the fourth innings. Earlier, Australia‘s wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist scored an unbeaten 149* against Pakistan in 1999. In second place, Indian wicket keeper Rishabh Pant scored unbeaten 89* runs while playing against Australia at Gabba in 2021. But now Alex Carey has become the second wicketkeeper batsman to achieve this feat.

Fisrt Inning: Mitchell Starc’s 5-Wicket Haul Restricts New Zealand to 162

In the second test, Australia won the toss and invited New Zealand to bat. New Zealand batted first and were all out for 162 runs, in which Latham scored the top score of 38 runs. Hallywood, bowling for Australia, was all out for 162 runs.

Mitchell Starc took the maximum of 5 wickets, Pat Cummins took 3 wickets, and Cameron Green took 1 wicket. When Australia came to bat in the first innings, the maximum run for their side was Manoos Labuschagne, who scored 90 runs and except Marsh and Halywood, who were the victims of Team Southee, Abhi scored double figures.

Australia scored 256 runs in the first innings. For New Zealand, Matt Henry took the maximum of 7 wickets, while supporting him, Team Southee, Ben Saras, and Glenn Phillips took 1 wicket each.

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New Zealand’s Second Innings Brilliance Sets Australia a Formidable 279-Run Target

In the second inning, New Zealand scored 372 runs while batting. In this inning, New Zealand’s batsmen batted brilliantly, in which Tom Latham scored the highest run of 73 runs and was further dismissed by Pat Cummins, Williamson scored 51 runs.

Rachin Ravindra became the victim of Cummins, scoring the highest 82 runs in the second innings for New Zealand and Pat Cummins dismissed him, Daryl Mitchell contributed with his bat in this innings and scored a half-century innings of 58 runs, Scott Kuggeleijn scored fast While playing the innings, he scored 44 runs in 49 balls which included two sixes and five fours.

On the other hand, Australia bowlers took a lot of time to dismiss New Zealand, Stars took 1 wicket, Hollywood took 1, Pat Cummins took 4, and Nathan Lyon took 3 wickets. New Zealand set a huge target of 279 runs for Australia.

While chasing the target in the second innings, Australia’s top order started faltered with Smith, Khawaja, Labuschagne and Travis Head getting out cheaply. Mitchell Marsh led Australia’s innings and made a partnership of 140 runs with Alex Carey, then Australia got a shock when Marsh became the victim of Ben Sears after scoring 80 runs.

Mitchell Stars came to bat but fell victim to Ben Sayers on the very first ball. Then captain Pat Cummins formed a partnership with Alex Carey and added 61 runs for the 8th wicket And won the match by 3 wickets on the fourth day.

Alex Carey first contributed behind the wicket with wicketkeeping and then scored an unbeaten 98* while batting, taking Australia to second place in the World Test Championship. So far, Australia is at second place in the World Test Championship standings by scoring 62.50% points in the WTC points table, India remains at the top position with 68.51% points.



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