Adelaide - New Zealand lost the key wicket
of in-form batsman Kane Williamson in a major blow to their hopes of winning
the first-ever day-night Test at Adelaide Oval on Friday.
The Black Caps, needing a win to draw the
three-Test series after losing the Brisbane opener, opted to bat after winning
the toss in the much-anticipated Test match featuring a pink ball for the first
The Kiwis had largely negotiated the
opening hurdle with only the loss of opener Martin Guptill before pace
spearhead Mitchell Starc trapped Williamson leg before wicket for 22 nearing
the first interval.
Starc, who has taken over as the leader of
the Australian bowling attack after last week's retirement of Mitchell Johnson,
hit Williamson's pads with a yorker in front of the stumps with the fourth
delivery of his second over in a new spell.
Williamson, who scored two centuries in his
previous four innings in the series, did not challenge the dismissal and left
the ground in a significant wicket for the Australians.
The Adelaide crowd had grown to more than
30 000 under sunny skies for the much-hyped first day-night match in 138 years
of Test cricket.
At tea after the first session, the Kiwis
were 80 for two with Tom Latham unbeaten on 50 and Perth Test double-centurion
Ross Taylor not out seven.
The substantial interest in the
trailblazing day-night Test was how the new pink ball would react under lights
later on the opening day.
The day-night Test is one of cricket's rare
innovations and follows the advent of one-day internationals in the 1970s and
the glitzy Twenty20 format in the last decade.
Guptill lasted nine balls before he was
trapped leg-before for one in Josh Hazlewood's second over.
Guptill was rapped on the back pad and did
not seek to challenge the umpire's call after consulting with his batting
New Zealand, unbeaten in their last seven
Test series since 2013, will have to win the historic Test to draw the series
after Australia won the Brisbane opener by 208 runs and last week's second Test
in Perth finished in a high-scoring draw.