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Cricket news - Lyon rips through NZ; Australia inch closer

Nathan Lyon has taken three of the five New Zealand wickets to fall so far.

Nathan Lyon has taken three of the five New Zealand wickets to fall so far.

Australia made further inroads in the second session of Day 4, as New Zealand slid to 95 for 5, requiring a further 370 at Tea. Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon have shared all the five spoils so far.

New Zealand began the session, hoping for Ross Taylor and Tom Latham to put up a fight. Despite playing and missing a few times, the duo looked in decent touch. When Starc bowled it on a fuller length, Taylor also employed the drive to show his positive intent. However, in the 23rd over, Taylor attempted to pull a short ball that was angled away and was caught behind.

Lyon then dismissed Latham with one that was pushed through to prise out the southpaw LBW. Initially, the on-field decision was not out, but after a bit of deliberation Tim Paine took the review and succeeded in overturning the decision. BJ Watling and Henry Nicholls then put on a resistance for a while. However, the duo also had to paddle through a few tricky moments.

In the 28th over, Lyon sneaked one through Nicholls, only for it to miss the off-stump by a whisker. Nicholls also edged Pat Cummins in the very next over, but the edge fell just in front of Paine. On the other hand, Watling took a blow on the grille off Cummins. Eventually, on the brink of Tea, the kind of pressure exerted by Australian bowlers led to a wicket with Nicholls edging Lyon to silly point.

Earlier, when New Zealand's openers - Jeet Raval and Tom Latham - walked out to bat in the first session of Day 4, the duo had an uphill task ahead of them. On Day 4, the track had started to offer variable bounce, making it difficult for batsmen to judge the length. In the seventh over of the second innings, Starc got one to climb awkwardly by hitting a crack and Raval could only spoon an easy catch to the gully fielder.

Kane Williamson, the New Zealand mainstay, followed his team-mate back to the hut, inside-edging Nathan Lyon's first delivery of the day to short-leg. The delivery pitched on the rough and kicked off the surface to leave Williamson in trouble. The only consolation for the visitors was Tim Southee bagging his maiden Test five-for in Australia, as the hosts declared their innings at 217 for 9 in the first session. Neil Wagner also snared three wickets. The likes of Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc perished in an attempt to up the ante in order to help Australia to declare.

Brief scores: Australia 416 (Marnus Labuschagne 143, Travis Head 56; Neil Wagner 4-92, Tim Southee 4-93) and 217/9 decl. (Joe Burns 53, Marnus Labuschagne 50; Tim Southee 5-69) lead New Zealand 166 (Ross Taylor 80; Mitchell Starc 5-52) and 98/5 (Ross Taylor 22; Nathan Lyon 3-33) by 370 runs

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