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New Zealand five down after Australia take handy lead

New Zealand five down after Australia take handy lead
Josh Hazlewood (centre) celebrating the wicket of Ross Taylor (right) on day two of the third Test against New Zealand in Adelaide.
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New Zealand 202 & 116-5 (Taylor 32) v
Australia 224 (Nevill 66)
Third Test, Adelaide, day two

Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh shared five wickets under lights for Australia to keep New Zealand's lead down to 94 at stumps on day two of the third Test in Adelaide after Peter Nevill along with the lower order rescued the Australian innings earlier.

Australia resumed day two at the overnight score of 54 for two. Two overs into the day, Adam Voges (13) edged an away going delivery to the slips off Tim Southee (1-50).

Before Australia were able to consolidate, Shaun Marsh (2) became a victim of athletic fielding from Brendon McCullum as he created the confusion in the middle leading to the run-out of Shaun.

Australia were reduced to 67 for four. As Steven Smith (53) began to dig deep and settle down at the crease, Mitchell (4) found it tough to rotate the strike.

The pressure got better of the younger Marsh brother when he chased a full delivery from Doug Bracewell (3-18) and edged it to the keeper.

Despite the fall of wickets at the other end, Smith completed a hard fought fifty.

The telling blow came in the 49th over when Mark Craig (2-53) struck with a double blow. Smith raced down the track looking to go big, but inside edged it to the keeper.

Peter Siddle (0) on the other hand was caught at short leg while trying to defend. The over from Craig left Australia reeling at 109 for seven.

At the stroke of the tea break, Mitchell Santner (1-54) bowled a lovely full delivery which Hazlewood (4) failed to tackle and was bowled. At the end of the first session, Australia were reduced to 116 for eight.

In the second over of the second session, New Zealand reviewed a decision for a catch at second slip. Nathan Lyon (34) swept a fuller delivery from Santner and top edged it to Kane Williamson.

The hot spot picked up a faint mark which indicated a top edge but the snickometer did not show a spike.

The Australian off-spinner was at naught during the review and even started to walk back to the dressing room seeing the replays but surprisingly he was called back as the third umpire Nigel Llong did not overturn the decision of the onfield umpire citing lack of conclusive evidence.

Lyon went on to add 34 runs to his score while posting a 74-run partnership with Nevill (66) for the ninth wicket.

Meanwhile, Nevill brought up a crucial fifty which took Australia closer to New Zealand’s total. Lyon finally fell when he edged a delivery from Trent Boult (2-41) to gully.

After surviving a lbw referral, Mitchell Starc (24) plundered Craig for two sixes and two fours in the 71st over to take Australia past New Zealand’s first innings total.

Nevill chipped a catch to the covers off Doug Bracewell (3-18) and Australia were bowled out for 224 runs, taking a handy 22-run lead in the first innings.

Bracewell had three wickets while Boult and Craig picked two each. Santner and Southee were the other wicket-takers accounting for a wicket apiece.

The New Zealand openers dealt with the remaining seven overs in the session without trouble. The visitors went into the dinner break at 22 for naught, negating Australia’s lead.

Just five overs into the final session, Martin Guptill (17) drove at a full delivery and was caught at gully off Hazlewood (3-32).

In his very next over, Hazlewood accounted for Tom Latham (10) with yet another full delivery that was caught by the keeper.

The Australian captain dropped Ross Taylor (32) at second slip. New Zealand sank further when Williamson (9) was caught behind off Mitchell (2-44) with just 52 runs on board.

McCullum (20) started positively but became Mitchell’s second victim when he was trapped plumb in front. A review did not save the New Zealand captain as the ball was crashing on to the middle.

A few minutes later, Hazlewood dismissed Taylor as New Zealand lost half-their side with just 98 runs on the board.

BJ Watling (7 not out) survived when Smith dropped another chance at second slip and along with Santner (13 not out), he saw New Zealand to the end of the day’s play without further loss of wickets.

The Black Caps managed to score 116 for five in 37 overs managing a 94-run lead. Hazlewood picked three while Mitchell accounted for two scalps. In total as many as 13 wickets fell on the second day. 

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