Here’s the recap of Day 2 of the first Test between New Zealand and Australia: Tim Southee dropped Nathan Lyon on the final ball of the day, while Steve Smith was dismissed for a duck. The Black Caps were eventually all out for 179.

On the second day of the first Test, Australia took control by dismissing New Zealand for 179, following Cameron Green’s remarkable unbeaten 174 that helped propel the visitors to 383 all out.

Despite a defiant final-wicket partnership led by Green, the Black Caps struggled against Australia’s bowling attack, with Glenn Phillips’s aggressive 71 providing some respite for the home side in front of a sellout crowd.

Australia opted not to enforce the follow-on, but New Zealand faced further setbacks as skipper Tim Southee removed Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne cheaply, casting shadows over the home team’s performance.

In the dying moments of the day, Southee dropped nightwatchman Nathan Lyon in the slips off the last ball, leaving Lyon on six not out alongside Usman Khawaja, who remained unbeaten on five. With Australia at 13 for two, they lead by 217 runs.

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