Australia’s Remarkable Chase: A 2-0 Series Sweep

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A remarkable chase unfolds, securing victory with two wickets to spare.

The Unlikely Comeback

In a gripping chase of a 279-run target, Alex Carey shone with an unbeaten 98, forming a record 140-run partnership with Mitchell Marsh. Their efforts led to Australia’s 2-0 series win over New Zealand, a testament to their long-standing dominance in Test cricket.

On the Brink of Defeat

On the final day, Australia, down by four wickets, faced the possibility of a rare loss to New Zealand. At 34/4, victory was 202 runs away, but the team rallied, overcoming an initial rain delay to take control of the game.

Marsh’s Stand and New Zealand’s Missed Chance

Mitchell Marsh stood tall for Australia, while New Zealand’s Rachin Ravindra dropped a crucial catch. Travis Head fell early, setting the stage for Carey to prove his mettle amid stiff competition.

Carey & Marsh’s Steadfast Partnership

Despite the pressure, Carey and Marsh maintained a scoring rate over 4 runs per over. Carey, narrowly surviving DRS reviews, kept Australia’s chase alive. By lunch, they had put on a vital 94-run stand.

New Zealand’s Glimmer of Hope

The second session saw a run spree, but debutant Ben Sears gave New Zealand a lifeline by breaking the partnership and dismissing Marsh. Mitchell Starc’s wicket intensified the match’s tension.

Cummins’ Clutch Performance

With the match on edge, Pat Cummins stepped up at No.9, evoking his Ashes heroics from the previous year. His calm under pressure kept Australia in the hunt.

The Final Push to Victory

Carey’s aggressive play and Cummins’ crucial boundary completed an impressive chase, securing Australia’s win with two wickets in hand. Carey ended on 98*, Marsh added 80, and Cummins contributed a captain’s innings of 32*.

Key Scores: New Zealand 162 & 372; Australia 256 & 281/7 (Carey 98*, Marsh 80, Cummins 32*; Sears 4-90).

Here Is the Scorecard: Cricbuzz

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