Australia continued to stamp their authority in the three-game Test series against New Zealand. After putting a mammoth total of 454 runs on the board, bowlers joined the party to restrict the tourists to 251 at Sydney. The chief architect of the destruction proved to be the off-spinner Nathan Lyon who registered his 17th five-wicket haul.
While the Kiwis were in a good position at 117-2 and looked good to challenge Australia’s first innings total, Lyon bought his ‘’A’’ game forward to out play the opposition, bowling with a lot of method and skill, the 32-year old cricketer picked key wickets of last game’s centurion Tom Blundell and Jeet Raval. Moreover, he cleaned up the tail quickly to claim 5 wickets giving away only 68 runs.
This splendid bowling effort allowed Australia to rule the game as the hosts gained a lead of 203 runs. With David Warner and Joe Burns adding useful contributions in the second innings, Australia ended the day 3 of the red-ball contest being in the driving seat.