Australia vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 4: Heavy rain, Williamson keep New Zealand alive

Heavy rain led to day four ending early

Heavy rain led to day four ending early

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New Zealand have a good chance of saving the first Test against Australia in Brisbane after a good portion of the fourth day was abandoned due to rain.

However, New Zealand, who were set 504 to win after Australia declared on their overnight score of 264/4, were also buoyed by batsman Kane Williamson, who scored 59.

New Zealand got off to a solid start in their chase, but after putting 44 runs on the board, opener Tom Latham was given out lbw off the bowling of Mitchell Starc for 29.

Latham decided to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to clip leg stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Just a short while after Latham’s dismissal, the heavens parted and the players were ushered off the field.

Williamson and Martin Guptill proceeded to amass a 54-run partnership after the break before Guptill was caught by Australia captain Steven Smith at slip off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 23.

Williamson ended up making 59 off 74 balls, which included five boundaries, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Lyon. Williamson called for a review, but the third umpire upheld the original decision and he was forced to continue his walk back to the pavilion.

Williamson scored his 16th Test fifty

Williamson scored his 16th Test fifty

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Shortly after Williamson’s innings had come to an end, the rain returned and, since it refused to relent, the umpires had no choice but to bring play to an end for the day.

Ross Taylor and captain Brendon McCullum managed to put together an unbeaten six-run partnership before the rain came.

Taylor finished on 20 off 35 balls, which included two boundaries, while McCullum remained undefeated on four off five deliveries, which included one boundary.

Lyon picked up two wickets, while Starc claimed one.

New Zealand ended day four on 142/3 and will continue batting half an hour earlier tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 23:30 GMT.

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