An unbroken 72-run partnership between Australian openers David Warner and Phil Hughes put Australia in prime position to chase down victory against New Zealand on the third day of the second Test in Hobart.
New Zealand collapsed before lunch to be dismissed for 226 in their second dig, giving them an overall lead of 240. The hosts then moved into the box seat before bad weather ended play. By that time, Warner, in his second Test, had raced to 47 off 50 balls and his out-of-form partner, Hughes, had battled to 20 as Australia chased a 2-0 series win. They needed 169 runs to win when play resumed last night.