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UPDATE 1-Cricket-New Zealand openers survive after review controversy

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* Lyon reprieve costly for tourists

* Australia plunder 108 runs from last two wickets

* New Zealand openers survive (Updates after end of second session)

By Ian Ransom

ADELAIDE, Nov 28 New Zealand’s openers survived to the dinner-break on day two of the third test on Saturday but the tourists were left fuming after a controversial review decision allowed Australia to overtake New Zealand’s first innings total.

Australia resumed after tea on 116-8 but poached 108 runs from their final two wickets before being dismissed for 224, with New Zealand rattled after Nathan Lyon was reprieved in farcical circumstances.

Martin Guptill and Tom Latham were each on 10 not out, as New Zealand moved to 22 for no wicket at the break.

After 12 wickets fell on day one in test cricket’s maiden day-night match, another eight fell in the first two sessions as the bowlers continued their domination with the pink ball.

New Zealand had scored only 202 in their first innings but appeared assured of carrying a handy lead into the final session.

They appeared harshly done by, however, when a review for caught behind was turned down by third umpire Nigel Llong.

A Mitchell Santner ball ricocheted off Lyon’s upper arm during an attempted sweep shot and the ‘Hot spot’ technology showed a mark on Lyon’s bat.

But ‘Snicko’ showed no audio evidence of a nick and Llong deliberated at considerable length.

Adding to the theatre, Lyon began trudging off to the dressing room but paused halfway as Llong watched replays and pondered various camera angles.

As the deliberations dragged on, the crowd grew restless and jeered and the eventual not-out decision drew ironic cheers as well as boos.

The decision cost New Zealand their second and last review and triggered an astonishing momentum shift as Lyon and wicketkeeper Peter Nevill began to plunder the bowlers.

Lyon smashed Santner for 15 runs and a leg bye in one over, sweeping a four and a six, then another four behind square in three consecutive balls.

Nevill brought up a richly deserved half-century by punching Trent Boult for three through the covers before Lyon was caught by Kane Williamson in the slips off Boult, having scored 34 vital runs in a ninth-wicket stand of 74.

Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc, hobbling on a broken foot, came to the crease and was immediately dismissed lbw but successfully appealed it to add to New Zealand’s pain.

He lingered to blast spinner Mark Craig for 20 runs, smashing two fours and two sixes over wide long on as Australia charged past New Zealand’s first innings total.

New Zealand’s agony finally ended when Santner dived forward for a fine catch in front of the deep cover boundary, removing Nevill for 66 off the bowling of Doug Bracewell.

The time eaten up in taking Australia’s last two wickets pushed New Zealand’s batsmen into the more perilous late session when the pink ball is expected to swing under the floodlights, having done so markedly on day one. (Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)


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Cricket-Australia bowled out for 224 after review controversy

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ADELAIDE Nov 28 New Zealand dismissed Australia for 224 before the dinner-break on day two of the third test at Adelaide Oval on Saturday but the tourists fumed after a controversial review decision allowed the hosts to add 108 runs for their last two wickets.

Australia resumed after tea on 116-8 and after adding two runs to their total, spinner Nathan Lyon, batting at number 10, was reprieved by the decision review system when yet to score a run.

New Zealand appealed for a catch at slip after a Mitchell Santner ball ricocheted off Lyon’s upper arm during an attempted sweep shot and then called for a review after it was turned down.

The ‘Hot spot’ technology showed a mark on Lyon’s bat but ‘Snicko’ showed no audio evidence of a nick, leaving third umpire Nigel Llong to deliberate at considerable length.

Adding to the theatre, Lyon began trudging off to the dressing room but paused halfway back as Llong watched replays and pondered various camera angles.

As Llong’s deliberations dragged on, the crowd grew restless and jeered. The eventual not-out decision drew ironic cheers as well as boos.

The decision cost New Zealand their second and last review and ushered in an astonishing momentum shift as Lyon and wicketkeeper Peter Nevill began to plunder the bowlers.

Lyon smashed Santner for 15 runs and a leg bye in one over, sweeping a four and a six, then another four behind square in three consecutive balls.

Nevill brought up a richly deserved half-century by punching Trent Boult for three through the covers before Lyon was caught by Kane Williamson in the slips off Boult, having scored 34 vital runs in a ninth-wicket stand of 74.

Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc, hobbling on a broken foot, came to the crease and was immediately dismissed lbw but successfully appealed it to add to New Zealand’s pain.

He remained to blast spinner Mark Craig for 20 runs in one over, smashing two fours and two sixes over wide long on, as Australia charged past New Zealand’s first innings total of 202.

New Zealand’s agony finally ended when Santner dived forward to take an excellent catch in front of the deep cover boundary, removing Nevill for 66 after the wicketkeeper lofted Doug Bracewell into the air.

Australia carry just a 22-run lead but the extra time eaten by the final two wickets will push New Zealand’s batsmen into the more perilous late session under the floodlights when the pink ball swings. (Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)


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Cricket-Australia crash to 116-8 early on day two

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ADELAIDE Nov 28 New Zealand’s bowlers tore through Australia’s batting order to wrest the momentum away from the hosts who limped to the tea break at 116-8 on day two of the third and final test in Adelaide on Saturday.

In reply to New Zealand’s 202, Australia added only 62 runs for the loss of six wickets in the session, with spinner Mark Craig taking two of them late, including captain and talisman Steven Smith for 53.

Wicketkeeper Peter Nevill, 17 not out, was left to salvage something from the wreckage with only Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon left in the dressing room.

Starc, however, may be in no condition to bat, having arrived at the ground on crutches after scans confirmed he had broken his right foot on Friday.

On the opening day of cricket’s first day-night test, New Zealand’s pacemen had extracted devilish swing in the evening session and were still able to find some impressive movement on a sun-bathed afternoon on day two.

Smith and Adam Voges resumed with Australia on 54-2 but were under immediate assault, with Tim Southee inducing an edge off Voges that flew just beyond the reach of third slip in the third over of the session.

Clearly rattled, Voges was out for 13 two balls later, squared up by a straighter delivery and the edge flew to Martin Guptill in the slips.

Batsman Shaun Marsh, under pressure to justify his place in the side, was run out for two just a few overs later after a horrible mix-up between wickets.

Pushing the ball towards mid-off, Marsh hesitated twice before committing to the single and was metres short when New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum threw down the stumps when on hands and knees.

Marsh’s younger brother Mitchell fared scarcely better, adding only four runs before being caught behind having prodded needlessly at a Doug Bracewell delivery.

Smith remained unbowed and brought up his half-century by punching Craig through the covers for four.

After facing six more deliveries, he was out after charging down the wicket at the spinner, flicking an inside edge to BJ Watling who pouched a fine catch.

The rout continued apace with Peter Siddle edging a catch in close to Tom Latham to be out for a duck and debutant spinner Mitchell Santner bowled Josh Hazlewood shortly after for his first test wicket.

Australia lead the series 1-0, with New Zealand hoping to level it and preserve an unbeaten record in seven test series dating back to 2013. (Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)


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