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Umpire howler to have 'big bearing' on Test: Taylor ADELAIDE: New Zealand's players claimed a contentious challenge decision that went against them could have a major bearing on the outcome of the first-ever day-night Test against Australia in Adelaide on Saturday. The second day was dominated by the fall-out over a review where Australia's Nathan Lyon survived after the 'Hot Spot' thermal imaging revealed a mark on the back of his bat before he had scored.It was a major let-off for Australia, flailing at 118 for eight and still trailing the Kiwis first innings total by 84 runs in a low-scoring Test match.Lyon walked three-quarters of the way off the ground believing he was out before he returned to continue batting and join in a record Australian trans-Tasman series 74-run ninth-wicket stand with Peter Nevill.Lyon went on to make 34 as the Australians hit back to take a 22-run innings lead with Nevill reaching his highest Test score of ...

Cerebral Ashwin spins his way to the top NEW DELHI: If Ravichandran Ashwin is being hailed as the best spinner in contemporary cricket, the 29-year-old lanky Indian owes it as much to those long fingers as to an ever-ticking brain.Since his test debut against West Indies four years ago, the tweaker from Chennai has emerged as a shrewd off-spinner who relishes his battle against the best and the sight of batsmen misreading his carrom ball.His penchant for outsmarting key rival batsmen manifested in ...
Hazlewood hammers New Zealand after review farce ADELAIDE: Paceman Josh Hazlewood stepped up in the absence of injured spearhead Mitchell Starc to give Australia a sniff of victory within three days after a farcical third umpire decision stole the tourists' momentum during the third test on Saturday.Hazlewood shone under the floodlights of Adelaide Oval with a miserly 3-32 and New Zealand slumped to 116-5 at the close of a roller-coaster day two, hounded by the hooping pink ball in the inaugural day-night ...
Llong review a sucker-punch for rattled New Zealand ADELAIDE: The third umpire's controversial reprieval of Australia's Nathan Lyon was a sucker-punch for frustrated New Zealand which left the hosts in a strong position on day two of the third test on Saturday.New Zealand were convinced Lyon was out when his sweep-shot sent the ball looping into the slips and the spinner himself started walking back to the Adelaide Oval dressing room when the 'Hot Spot' technology revealed the mark on his bat.Nigel Llong ...
New Zealand struggle as wickets tumble again in day-night Test ADELAIDE: New Zealand held a tenuous 94-run lead in the absorbing day-night third Test after a second day of tumbling wickets at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.The Kiwis, trailing 1-0 in the series, struggled to build a defendable total to present Australia in the fourth innings after another fast-paced day's cricket of 13 wickets before 42,372 fans.At the close, the Black Caps were finding batting difficult under lights and were 116 for five with a ...
Pakistan lack in fielding and fitness: Mushtaq DUBAI: Pakistan's bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed Saturday blamed poor fielding and lack of fitness for his team's Twenty20 series loss against England as he warned they needed huge improvement before next year's World Twenty20.Pakistan went down by three runs in a last over thriller in Dubai on Friday, handing England an unassailable 2-0 lead with the final match in Sharjah on Monday.England survived Shahid Afridi's blistering eight-ball 24 to defend a 173-run target. Mushtaq, a ...
New Zealand 116 for 5 at close, lead Australia by 94 runs ADELAIDE: New Zealand were 116 for five at the close to hold a lead of 94 runs over Australia on a fluctuating second day in the day-night third Test at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.At stumps, B.J. Watling was on seven with Mitchell Santner not out 13.Australia were all out for 224 to take a first-innings lead of 22 runs.Australia got the benefit of a controversial review before Nathan Lyon had scored and went on to ...


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