Australia clinches victory as nathan lyon spins New Zealand to defeat.

Australia secured a comprehensive 172-run victory over New Zealand in the first Test at Wellington’s Basin Reserve as spinner Nathan Lyon showcased his brilliance with a six-wicket haul. New Zealand, starting the day at 111-3 in pursuit of a challenging target of 369, succumbed to Lyon’s prowess, getting dismissed for 196.

Lyon’s crucial wickets included Rachin Ravindra, Tom Blundell, and Glenn Phillips, earning him a 24th five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Despite some resistance from Daryl Mitchell and Scott Kuggeleijn, Cameron Green’s all-round performance, highlighted by his 174 not out in the first innings, proved instrumental in Australia’s success.

Green’s exceptional innings set the stage for Australia’s dominance, helping them post a total of 383 in the first innings and establish a 204-run lead. New Zealand, struggling to recover on a challenging pitch, faced difficulties against Lyon’s spin, ultimately falling short.

Australia captain Pat Cummins praised Green, emphasizing his impact on the match. The defeat leaves New Zealand with only one win in 24 Tests against Australia in this century. The teams will now head to Christchurch for the second and final match of the series, starting on Friday.

Quote from Pat Cummins: “It was a really good game; we never felt we were that far in front on that wicket, but overall really happy. Thankfully, it spun, which, with Nathan in our side, is always a pretty good thing.”

Player of the Match: Cameron Green was named Player of the Match for his outstanding contribution with both bat and ball, playing a crucial role in Australia’s victory.

The win underscores Australia’s dominance in the series and sets the stage for an intriguing second Test in Christchurch.