Starc-struck New Zealand slumps to heavy de­feat

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for long. Tak­ing ad­van­tage of an in­creas­ingly cracked pitch, Starc hit the shoul­der of Raval's bat to gift Lyon the sim­plest of catches. Wil­liamson was granted some early lat­i­tude by Starc and Cum­mins, but Lyon was in no mood to be quite so char­i­ta­ble. His first ball leapt out of the sur­face with turn and bounce, clip­ping the edge onto thigh pad and straight to short leg to leave New Zealand tee­ter­ing at the in­ter­val.

Af­ter re­sump­tion, the re­wards were to be reaped by Starc when Ross Tay­lor at­tempted a pull shot and could only edge thinly be­hind to Paine, and then Lyon fizzed one through to have Latham leg-be­fore.

In weather that re­mained un­pleas­antly hot, Paine re­sorted to the dual am­a­teur spin bowl­ing of Travis Head and Mar­nus Labuschagn­e. Paine then swung Lyon back into the fray for the fi­nal over be­fore tea, and he pre­sented Head with a close-in catch at silly point to get rid of Henry Ni­cholls. BJ Watling and Colin de Grand­homme only de­layed the in­evitable but Cum­mins sent back Grand­homme. The tailen­ders de­parted soon and the vis­i­tors were out for 171.

Mitchell Starc cel­e­brates with team­mates af­ter tak­ing a wicket of a New Zealand bats­man on Sun­day

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