29 Nov 2015

Adelaide test in the balance

9:46 pm on 29 November 2015

Australia have gone to dinner on day three of the day-night cricket test in Adelaide just 74 runs shy of victory against New Zealand.

Mitchell Santner is stumped by Australian wicketkeeper Peter Nevill during day 3 of the 3rd cricket test match between New Zealand Black Caps and Australia

Mitchell Santner is stumped by Australian wicketkeeper Peter Nevill during day 3 of the 3rd cricket test match between New Zealand Black Caps and Australia Photo: Photosport

The second session of the day has seen a number of power shifts as wickets have fallen and runs slowly gathered by the hosts.

Australia got off to a good start in the final innings, picking up 30 runs before the first wicket of Joe Burns fell for 11.

The Black Caps then had to wait another 30 runs before the next wicket fell when danger man David Warner edged a delivery off Doug Bracewell to Tim Southee at third slip.

Not long after that the captain Steve Smith also went after being given out LBW.

Smith did challenge the call but the Decision Review System went in favour of the New Zealanders.

Since then Australia have slowly piled on the runs, reaching 113 at the break with Adam Voges on 27 and his partner Shaun Marsh on 24.

Trent Boult has been the pick of New Zealand's bowlers on day three, picking up two wickets for an economy of 4.38 runs an over.

New Zealand tumble in first session.

The start of day three didn't get off to the best of starts for the New Zealanders with BJ Watling being dismissed without even building on his overnight score of seven runs.

Mark Craig quickly followed, picking up 15 runs before being undone by Australian pace bowler Josh Hazlewood who claimed his fifth wicket of the innings.

While the wickets were falling around him, debutant Mitchell Santner went to work about building on New Zealand's overnight total, picking up 45 runs before trying to charge a delivery from Nathan Lyon that the 23-year-old missed and was then stumped.

Santner's total was the highest of the New Zealand batsmen and following his wicket the runs began to slow.

Doug Bracewell took the role of anchor out in the middle following Santner's dismissal but by that point the runs began to slow.

When Tim Southee went for 13 runs, Bracewell was left with number 11 Trent Boult who could only manage five runs despite his efforts to reach the boundary.

Bracewell himself ended the innings on 27.

Josh Hazlewood ended the innings with impressive figures of six for 70 at an economy of just 2.82 while Mitchell Marsh picked up three wickets of his own.

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