2nd Test PIX: Bracewell's fiery spell helps Kiwis win thriller
New Zealand paceman Doug Bracewell took six wickets in a devastating spell around lunch on the fourth day of the second Test on Monday to fire his country to a dramatic first victory over Australia since 1993.
Australia, requiring 241 for victory in the second Test, had appeared to be grinding their way to their target on the back of David Warner's maiden Test century until Bracewell (6-40) helped send them tumbling from 159 for two to 233 all out.
The seven-run victory was the first on Australian soil for the Black Caps since 1985 and came despite opener Warner's unbeaten 123, which earned him the man of the match award in his second Test.
Image: New Zealand players celebrate after beating Australia in the second Test on Monday
'It's always enjoyable captaining the country and beating Australia'
In a thrillingly tense finish, Warner and Nathan Lyon put on 34 for the last wicket before Bracewell bowled the spinner through the gate to end what had been a topsy-turvey Test match on a greentop wicket at the Bellerive Oval.
New Zealand's victory, only their third in Australia, levelled the series at 1-1 after the hosts won the first Test in Brisbane by nine wickets.
"It was a great turnaround from Brisbane," New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor said at the presentation ceremony. "It's always enjoyable captaining the country and beating Australia. I'm proud of the team."
Image: New Zealand's Doug Bracewell (left) celebrates after dismissing Australia's Nathan Lyon
'We were pretty inconsistent throughout this Test'
Australia had started the day on 72 without loss and confident of victory despite being bundled out for 136 in their first innings on Saturday.
"Disappointed, no doubt," captain Michael Clarke said. "We were pretty inconsistent throughout this Test ... the ball swung all day and we needed a couple more partnerships."
New Zealand struck almost immediately after play started with quick Chris Martin having Phil Hughes caught by Martin Guptill in the slips for 20 without any addition to the score.It was the fourth time the Martin-Guptill combination had claimed the wicket of Hughes in four innings in the series and probably ended the embattled lefthander's hopes of a place in the side for the upcoming series against India.
Image: Australia's captain Michael Clarke (centre) walks past New Zealand players after losing his wicket to Doug Bracewell
Ponting failed to make an impact on his home ground
Warner combined with Usman Khawaja to put on 50 runs for the second wicket before the Black Caps struck again when a brilliant catch from Taylor in the slips off the bowling of debutant Trent Boult sent Khawaja back to the pavilion for 23.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting had been looking for a big score on his home island and settled in well enough but had made just 16 when he slapped a short ball from Bracewell straight to Tim Southee at extra cover.
Bracewell's next over put the match back in the balance when he dismissed Clarke and Michael Hussey for ducks on consecutive balls.Clarke was deceived by an outswinger and caught in the slips by Taylor before an inswinger trapped Hussey lbw with umpire Asad Rauf forced to reverse his decision after a TV review.
Image: Australia's Ricky Ponting (right) leaves the field as New Zealand's Doug Bracewell celebrates
Warner century in vain
Warner reached his century with two runs through square leg soon after lunch but the Australians were reduced to 192-6 when Tim Southee had Brad Haddin, the last recognised batsman, caught by Taylor for 15.
Peter Siddle followed for two soon afterwards with Southee again taking the wicket courtesy of a catch by Jesse Ryder before Bracewell took over to end the match.James Pattinson (4) got a thick edge which Guptill snapped up in the slips and two balls later a peach of a delivery clean-bowled Mitchell Starc for a duck to leave the Australians languishing on 199-9 and set up the dramatic climax.