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[Watch] Rachin Ravindra Falls To A Nothing Ball Off Nathan Lyon In NZ vs AUS

Rachin Ravindra top-scored for New Zealand with 59 (x.com)Rachin Ravindra top-scored for New Zealand with 59 (x.com)

Australia emerged victorious over New Zealand in the first Test of the two-match series in Wellington, but not before an excellent effort from the young Kiwi batter, Rachin Ravindra, whose wicket turned the tide in Australia's favour.

NZ vs AUS, 1st Test: Ravindra throws away his wicket

On a day that began with a glimmer of hope for New Zealand, chasing a formidable target of 369 runs, the crowd at the stadium was buzzing with anticipation. 

The BlackCaps resumed their innings at 111 for 3, with eyes set on pulling off an improbable comeback. However, Australian spinner Nathan Lyon had other plans.

The pitch, which seemed more benign than in the previous days, promised a day of hard grind for the bowlers. However, Lyon conjured a delivery that would dramatically shift the momentum of the game.

In the 48th over, Lyon, who is renowned for his precision, bowled an uncharacteristic short ball outside off stump. Rachin Ravindra, who has been in sublime form and had compiled a gritty 59 off 105 deliveries, including eight boundaries and six, decided to play the cut shot. 

However, his execution was flawed as the ball soared straight to Cameron Green at point, marking the end of a valiant innings that had momentarily given New Zealand a flicker of hope.

This dismissal opened Pandora's box for the Kiwis, as Lyon, smelling blood, quickly dispatched Tom Blundell and Glenn Phillips in quick succession, effectively snuffing out any resistance New Zealand hoped to muster. 

The Australian spinner's spell was a masterclass in spin bowling, his figures of 6 for 65 in the innings, and a match haul of 10 for 108, etched his name further in cricket history as the first spinner to take a 10-wicket haul in New Zealand since 2006.

New Zealand's innings crumbled like a house of cards; despite Daryl Mitchell's stoic resistance, he too fell for 38 off 130 balls. The Kiwis were eventually bowled out for 196, handing Australia a comprehensive 172-run victory.