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Australia vs New Zealand 1st Test: Australia172-run win over New Zealand, Nathan Lyon creates history

Nathan Lyon creates cricket history with unprecedented 24th five-for and 10-wicket haul in Australia’s stunning Test win over New Zealand.

Australia vs New Zealand 1st Test
Nathan Lyon Makes Cricket History with Remarkable 24th Five-Wicket Haul and 10-Wicket. (Photo: Australia Cricket)

Nathan Lyon’s historic feat leads Australia to 172-run win over New Zealand

In a brilliant display of skill and dominance Australia vs New Zealand 1st Test, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has achieved a historic feat in the opening Test against New Zealand, as his side secured a stunning 172-run win. Lyon’s extraordinary performance included a rare feat – becoming the first recorded 24th five-wicket haul by a male player and the first to take 10 wickets in his five Test matches, all while top-scoring for his team.

The fourth day at the Basin Reserve began with New Zealand at 3-111, maintaining faint hopes of challenging the 369 runs required for their first Test win over Australia since 2010. However, Lyon’s impressive bowling on the field quickly ended the Black Caps’ hopes of victory. He took three important wickets in the space of eight balls and dismissed Rachin Ravindra, Tom Blundell and Glenn Phillips – all key players in New Zealand’s batting lineup.

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Despite Daryl Mitchell’s efforts to counter the Australian attack, New Zealand took 7-85 in just 17.1 overs in the first session in under two hours. This ensured Australia retained the Trans-Tasman Trophy as they play the second and final Test of the Qantas Tour in Christchurch from Friday.

Lyon demonstrated his all-rounder status not only with the ball but also with the bat and scored 41 runs as the nightwatchman in Australia’s second innings.

The 36-year-old Lyon began bowling from the north end, a change from the first three days of bowling exclusively from the opposite end. The wind direction dictated bowling from the south, marking a turning point in the trajectory of the game.

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Lyon dashes New Zealand’s hopes with tactical brilliance and quick dismissals

New Zealand’s last batting pair, Ravindra and Mitchell, got off to a good start as they added 15 runs in the first six overs of the day. However, Lyon’s tactical plan for Ravindra was successful as they took advantage of the extreme bounce of the pitch, luring the young talent into attempting a cut shot. The top edge of Ravindra’s bat hit the safe hands of Cameron Green, breaking the promising partnership.

Lyon continued his masterclass by dismissing Blundell and Phillips in quick succession, leaving New Zealand in disarray. Blundell’s dismissal reflected his luck in the first innings, as he defended a bouncing ball that took the inside edge of his bat before finding its way into the hands of Travis Head at short leg.

As Phillips and Mitchell faced the last remaining threat, Lyon’s spin magic had Phillips out LBW, virtually sealing victory for Australia. Phillips, who had failed to connect with Lyon’s delivery to hit the leg stump.

Kuggeleijn ended on 26 runs in green bowling.

Scott Kuggeleijn played an innings of his own with 26 runs, but ended the first innings off the bowling of Cameron Green. Lyon completed his 10 wickets in the match by taking the wicket of Tim Southee while performing the last rites.

As the innings collapsed, Matt Henry’s dismissal signaled the end for New Zealand, and Lyon’s extraordinary performance ended with the final wicket – Daryl Mitchell caught by Hazlewood. Lyon’s historic achievement and Australia’s impressive win have set the stage for the second to be played in Christchurch, where both teams will aim to make their mark in this trans-Tasman battle.

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