Black Caps need 115 runs to avoid innings defeat

WELLINGTON: Australia closed in on victory in the first Test in Wellington after forcing New Zealand to follow on here on Sunday.

At stumps on the third day at the Basin Reserve, the Black Caps are 187 for five in their second innings, still needing a further 115 runs to make Australia bat again.

The home side was forced to follow-on, after being dismissed earlier in the day for 157, with Bollinger taking a career best five for 28, to give Australia a first innings lead of 302.

Left-armer Doug Bollinger was the pick of Australia''s attack, taking 5-28 in New Zealand''s first innings.

He then removed BJ Watling and Peter Ingram when they batted again, with Nathan Hauritz also picking up two wickets, including Tim McIntosh for 83.

Skipper Daniel Vettori was caught in the slips off Ryan Harris for 46 from the fifth ball of the day and after a bright and breezy 24 from Brendon McCullum, the last five wickets went down for just nine runs.

McCullum, who was reprieved on nought by the TV umpire who overruled a leg-before decision because Harris had overstepped, hit a six and three fours before he was caught off Bollinger.

Martin Guptill edged to the keeper two balls later and departed for 30 and Daryl Tuffey, Brent Arnel and Tim Southee were swept away in the space of four deliveries.

Ricky Ponting had no hesitation in asking the Kiwis to bat again, and they needed to show far greater resolve second time around to avoid total humiliation.

McIntish and Watling were not found wanting as they saw off the new ball in a first wicket stand of 70, but Watling then fell lbw for 33 to Bollinger, who followed up by having Ingram caught behind.

Ross Taylor was next to go for 25 after being struck on the pads by a sharply turning off-break from Hauritz.

He was given not out by the on-field umpire but this time Australia called for a review and their appeal was upheld.

Guptill only managed six before he fell to Harris but McIntosh and Vettori halted the slide by adding 47 for the fifth wicket.

McIntosh struck a six and 10 fours during his four and a half hour innings but missed out on a second Test hundred when he edged a ball from Hauritz to Simon Katich shortly before the umpires offered the light.

New Zealand began their second innings with a solid opening stand of 70, between B J Watling and Tim McIntosh before Watling was dismissed for 33.

McIntosh made 83, batting for four and a half hours before being caught in close off the bowling of off spinner Nathan Hauritz.

Daniel Vettori is not out on 18 and Brendon McCullum four.