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Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Australia was in a commanding position despite a late batting collapse on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand at Perth Stadium on Saturday. Australia has a stranglehold on the opening Test against New Zealand after taking a 417-run lead on a wicket that is getting increasingly difficult to bat on under the lights at Perth Stadium. Having led by 250 runs on the first innings, the home side were 167 for six at stumps, with Matthew Head on eight and Pat Cummins on one -- an overall lead of 417. Despite Australia’s second innings collapse from a seemingly comfortable 131-2, New Zealand are facing a big target and staring at a heavy defeat in the first of the three Tests. Tim Southee took 4/63 and Neil Wagner 2/40 as the visitors flexed their muscles. Earlier, fast bowler Starc took 5-52 his third five-wicket innings in seven day-night Tests and his 13th overall in 55 Tests to hurry New Zealand’s batting demise.
Earlier, fast bowler Starc took 5-52 his third five-wicket innings in seven day-night Tests and his 13th overall in 55 Tests to hurry New Zealand’s batting demise. “In the grand scheme of the game we’re in a good position and in control for the game,” Australia's Joe Burns said. “It’s a good cricket wicket and naturally with the 40-degree weather it’s going to deteriorate.” After Warner fell, Burns (53) and Marnus Labuschagne (50) shared 87 for the second wicket before Australia’s newest batting find miscued a pull and was caught near midwicket, triggering the middle-order collapse. Taylor stood between New Zealand and the hosts with a 134-ball innings over two-and-a-half hours hitting nine boundaries before off-spinner Nathan Lyon (2-48) forced an edge and Smith at slip took his third catch. The only other notable contribution came from skipper Kane Williamson (34) before he was brilliantly caught by Smith at second slip to end a fighting 76-run third-wicket stand.
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