Labuschagne’s commanding 90 places Australia 59 runs ahead despite henry’s five-wicket haul.

A dominating innings of 90 by Marnus Labuschagne propelled Australia to a lead of 59 runs over New Zealand at lunch on day two of the second Test. Labuschagne’s performance overshadowed Matt Henry’s five-wicket haul.

Resuming at 124 for four, Labuschagne’s innings troubled the umpires early as he received a warning for standing too far out of his crease. However, he continued to trouble the New Zealand bowlers, picking off the attack with precision.

A well-executed diving catch by Glenn Phillips in the last over of the session finally brought an end to Labuschagne’s impressive innings. At lunch, Australia stood at 221 for eight in response to New Zealand’s total of 162.

Despite the conditions favoring the bowlers, Labuschagne’s resilience stood out. Matt Henry claimed five wickets for New Zealand, with the Australian tailenders Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon contributing to the team’s lead.

While the wicket was browning off, the bowlers continued to find support from the conditions. Henry, in particular, played a crucial role, picking up wickets and keeping the pressure on the Australian batting lineup.