Mumbai: New Zealand and Sri Lanka are at loggerheads over a controversial decision of the third umpire surrounding a `catch` of Mahela Jayawardene by Nathan McCullum in their Group A match at Wankhede, Mumbai on Friday.

Former Sri Lankan skipper Jayawardene tried to nudge a McCullum delivery on the leg side but checked his shot and back to the bowler who made a stunning one-handed diving effort to claim a catch.

But on-field umpire Richard Kettleborough was not convinced that the catch had been completed cleanly and referred the appeal to the third umpire Amish Saheba.

After repeated viewings, Saheba ruled in the favour of the batsman much to the annoyance of the Kiwis. No sooner the third umpire gave his decision, Nathan McCullum was engaged in an angry argument with the umpire and Kiwi stand-in skipper Ross Taylor joined him to protest the decision.
Some heated words were also exchanged between Jayawardene and Nathan McCullum while Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara stood at the other end.

The incident took place when Jayawardene was on 26 and Sri Lanka on 87 for two. Jayawardene and Sangakkara were in the midst of a repair job after Sri Lanka had plunged to 19 for two inside the first five overs.

Jayawardene went on to make 66 and shared a crucial third-wicket partnership of 145 runs with Sangakkara.