Nathan Lyon's attempt at sweeping Mitchell Santner ended with Kane Williamson catching the ball at gully, and New Zealand appealed immediately. Umpire S Ravi ruled not-out, but Brendon McCullum reviewed the decision because New Zealand thought the ball had hit the top edge, lobbed off Lyon's shoulder and been caught. Drama ensued.
Hot Spot showed a faint mark on the edge of Lyon's bat and there appeared to be some deviation, but the third umpire Nigel Llong ruled that there wasn't enough conclusive evidence to overturn the decision because of unfavourable camera angles and real-time snicko indicating no edge.
Hmmm... interesting DRS. I believe that is out, despite being an Aussie supporter. #AUSvNZ— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) November 28, 2015
Do we need more to show that Nathan Lyon actually top edged that.Using technology is one thing,while interpreting 'IT' is another. #AusvNZ— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) November 28, 2015
To make matters worse, Lyon had started walking off after seeing the Hot Spot replay on the big screen at the Adelaide Oval.
Obvious mark on hot-spot, Lyon clearly hit the ball on to his shoulder & he walked off the ground. Ridiculous waste of time & wrong decision— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) November 28, 2015
Because there was no evidence to suggest an edge, Llong even considered whether Lyon could have been lbw.
one review, all the DRS toys on show #AUSvNZ— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) November 28, 2015
However, that didn't work too well.
Somehow they managed to review ball 53.4 for a catch and 53.3 for the lbw #AUSvNZ— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) November 28, 2015
Though the on-field umpires have had most of their decisions upheld when reviewed in this series.
On television, Llong was heard suggesting to Ravi that the Hot Spot mark could have been caused by anything, and that he couldn't be sure it was from Lyon edging the ball.
What is ANYTHING the DRS umpire considered caused the hot spot on the bat of Lyon— Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) November 28, 2015
There were a few jokes around Lyon's stand on walking.
So, does that mean Nathan Lyon is 'walker' or not a 'walker' from what we've just seen? I'm not sure... He sort of did both.— Adam White (@White_Adam) November 28, 2015
But it was clear that the decision had an impact on the match.
This is now the highest partnership in the match so far. That review gets more and more significant with every run. #ausvnz— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) November 28, 2015