Updated November 29, 2015 09:05:40

New Zealand's BJ Watling (R) speaks to Nathan Lyon after he was given not out at Adelaide Oval. Photo: Fortunate man … Australia’s Nathan Lyon had walked two-thirds of the way to the pavilion prior to getting recalled on day two at Adelaide Oval. (AAP: Dave Hunt)
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The third umpire’s controversial reprieve of Australia’s Nathan Lyon was a sucker-punch for a frustrated New Zealand side which left the hosts in a robust position after day two of the third Test on Saturday.

The Black Caps ended day two with a lead of 94 runs and just 5 wickets remaining, but the tourists had been left pondering about what might have been soon after the contentious contact.

The New Zealanders had been convinced Lyon was out when his sweep-shot sent the ball looping into the slips and the spinner himself began walking back to the Adelaide Oval dressing room when the ‘Hot Spot’ technologies revealed the mark on his bat.

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Nigel Llong saw it differently and analysed angle right after angle and replay soon after replay for five minutes as a bumper crowd jeered.

Although the ‘Snicko’ technology gave no hint of a nick, Llong dismissed the other proof out of hand, remarking in his exchanges with the umpires on the field that the mark on Lyon’s bat “could have come from anyplace.”

At the time, the Australians were on the ropes at 8 for 118, but the match turned on its head right after Llong’s contentious contact, with Lyon and his batting companion Peter Nevill plundering the bowlers.

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Pundits’ condemnations had been amplified on social media, with former Australian bowler Shane Warne remarking it was incorrect and a “ridiculous waste of time”.

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, mindful of risking his match charge by becoming also forthright, was nonetheless clear his group felt there was a miscarriage of justice.

“That was one of the discussions that the boys did talk about in the changing area,” he told reporters.

“We can understand when the umpires make the incorrect choice on the field but once you have got so several various angles and what-not, you think that much more usually than not, 99 to one hundred percent of the time you happen to be going to get the proper answer.

“I guess we did not nowadays.”

Getting spent far a lot more time in the field than they may have banked on, the Black Caps have been condemned to batting in the evening session, facing a pink ball which hooped around with venom.

They staggered to stumps at 5 for 116, a lead of just 94 runs, with their hopes of a series-levelling victory fading.

“The new ball does a lot beneath lights,” Taylor mentioned.

“If we had been in a position to bat a bit a lot more in that middle session it may possibly have created issues a small bit less difficult but it wasn’t to be.”


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