Aus Vs NZ: Steve Smith Takes A One-handed Screamer To Dismiss Kane Williamson

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Standing at second slip, Steve Smith flew to his right to grab a one-handed blinder to dismiss Kane Williamson. His dismissal left New Zealand reeling at 77-3.

Written By Aakash Saini | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Steve Smith took a one-handed blinder to send New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson back to the pavilion. Williamson’s dismissal also ended his 76-run stand with batsman Ross Taylor. Earlier, New Zealand top-order were rocked early as the visitors lost both openers for just a run on the board.

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Aus vs NZ: Steve Smith takes a one-handed blinder to dismiss Kane Williamson

As Mitchell Starc was steaming in to bowl the 23rd over of the innings, the pacer induced a sharp edge towards Steve Smith at second slip. Smith flew over to his right and grabbed the pink ball to get the prized wicket of in-form Kane Williamson. The Black Caps skipper scored 34 from 70 balls in his attempt to rescue New Zealand after early setbacks.

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Earlier, Australia posted 416 in their first-innings with Marnus Labuschagne top-scoring in the proceedings. Labuschagne scored 143 from 240 balls and registered his third Test hundred in as many innings. Meanwhile, Steve Smith scored a patient 43 from 164 balls before he was dismissed by Neil Wagner. Among the New Zealand bowlers, pacers Tim Southee and Neil Wagner picked up four wickets each.

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The ongoing Test is the first of the three-match Trans-Tasman series between Australia and New Zealand. Australia are the current trophy holders, winning the previous edition of the eponymous Test trophy 2-0 in New Zealand. The ongoing series also forms a part of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship.

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