Daniel Vettori rescues New Zealand at Brisbane
Royal Challenges Bangalore skipper and New Zealand all rounder Daniel Vettori starred for his team with the bat in the first innings of the first Test of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy against Australia being played at Brisbane.
Batting with Dean Brownlie, Vettori took New Zealand to 176/5 at Stumps after NZ were 96/5 at one point.
Winning the toss and bravely choosing to bat first in overcast conditions, New Zealand progressed steadily. The openers Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill took the score to 44 for no loss in 10 overs despite the swing that debutant Mitchell Starc extracted from the pitch. Siddle, Starc, Lyon and Pattinson then struck to reduce NZ to 94/4 at Lunch.
Starc claimed Ryder in the first over after Lunch to leave New Zealand reeling at 96/5 as Daniel Vettori joined Dean Brownlie, playing in only his second Test, in the middle. The duo set about rebuilding the innings, determined to see off the enthusiastic Australian attack. Brownlie survived two early drops by Australian skipper Michael Clarke and debutant David Warner, his tentative start included edges landing safely but he survived to settle down.
Vetori took on the onus of scoring runs, he played safe but kept the scoreboard ticking with his lower order nudging and nurdling of the ball. The batsmen barely hit fours but their running between the wickets ensured they managed to add 80 runs in the session. Tea was called early due to poor light with Vettori on 45* and Brownlie on 32*.
The third session of the day was cancelled when the light didn’t improve and rain added to the delay. Vettori’s first Test after stepping down from Captaincy saw him take a fiver and hit a fifty to deliver them a narrow victory against Zimbabwe. He has once again come to their rescue but the opponents are stronger. The Kiwis will hope he works his magic with the ball too to ensure a respectable result for them.