Australian spinner stunned and scared the Indian batting order with his spin and variations as hosts are struggling at 248/6 after the end of Day 2's play in the final Test match between India and Australia in Dharamsala.
Taking 4 crucial wickets, Lyon emerged as the pick of the bowlers and mostly troubled the Indian middle order. The conditions at Dharamsala's HPCA stadium which is hosting its maiden Test match also favoured the visitors as pitch played a varied nature throughout the day.
Starting from last day's play, India started their innings with much caution as both the openers played sensibly to chase down Australia's 300 run total in the first innings. Soon India lost Vijay but KL Rahul continued his splendid run in the series and scored another half-century in the Border- Gavaskar Trophy.
Pujara and Rahul tried to resist the Aussie attack in the early morning's play, but as soon as Nathan Lyon came into the attack, he completely dismantled the Indian batting attack and took 2 quick wickets to remove Pujara and Nair.
By the end of the day, Jadeja tried to compensate with fireworks as he smashed 2 big sixes. At the stumps, India settled to score 248 for the loss of six wickets to end Day 2.
Here are the highlights from the match:
# Stumps on Day 2: India 248/6 (KL Rahul 60, Lyon 6/67)
# New batsman Ravindra Jadeja on the crease now.
# Lyon on fire scalps another to remove R Ashwin. India takes the review but umpire stays with his decision.
# Nathan Lyon strikes again. Skipper Rahane walk back after a wonderful catch from Captain Smith.
#Lyon to Nair, out Caught by Wade!! Another failure for Nair. Nair c Wade b Lyon 5(16) [4s-1]
#Karun Nair joins Rahane at the crease
#Cummins brought back into the attack
#Lyon strikes big blow, gets Pujara immediately after tea
#Players back on the field after Tea
#Pujara and Rahane keep India afloat.The pair battled patiently after Rahul's fall and put the hosts in a comfortable position at Tea
#India go to Tea at 150 for 2
#Players off the field for Tea
#Lyon to Pujara, FOUR, another fine fifty from India's No. 3. What a season
#Rahane reaches a milestone in his career.Brings up 2500 Test runs at an average of just over 45
#Rahane equal to the task, pulls the seamer for a boundary
#Cummins try to pepper Rahane with short pitch stuff
#The Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane comes out to bat. Big opportunity to showcase his class with the willow while doning the captaincy hat
#Just when the Indians were looking good at the crease, Pat Cummins has struck for the Aussies by getting Rahul for 60
#Hosts put 100 on the board
#Pujara and Rahul have looked in command at the crease.They have applied themselves in testing conditions aiding the seam bowlers.
# O'Keefe to Rahul, FOUR, beautifully played, Rahul made his intentions early, came down the track, that allowed O'Keefe to dart one onto his pads. Rahul adjusts and then shovels it over mid-wicket, brings up his fifty,
# O'Keefe to Rahul, SIX, cracking shot, Rahul doesn't want O'Keefe to settle,
# Lyon to Pujara, no run, fraction shorter from Lyon, but gets plenty of bounce. Pujara gets behind the ball and pushes it back at the bowler. That will be lunch on Day 2
# After 16 overs India are 33/1 with Pujara and Rahul still on the crease.
Imagining this Australian team if Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins and Pattinson were all fit!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 26, 2017
# Pujara and Rahul needs to build a big partnership to take India on driving seat
#oops! Missed chance. Fast outside edge over first slip would have been a super-catch if Renshaw would have caught that. Rahul survives.
# Cheteshwar Pujara, right handed batsman, comes out in the middle. He had a wonderful series and last match in Ranchi.
# OUT! Vijay departs. An out swinging delivery from Hazlewood provides early breakthrough to Aussies. Vijay 11(36)
# After 9 over, India are 21/0 with Vijay and Rahul playing positively.
# Four! Picture perfect shot from Vijay. Timed it towards cover and timing was so fine that the ball races away for a boundary.
# Lyon to Rahul: Four! Positive start against the offie
# Pacy! Pat Cummins finishes with a 146kph delivery. Full outside off, Rahul left it
# Hazlewood to Vijay, no run, how has that missed off and the outside edge? Only the ball knows. Cracking delivery.
# Pat Cummins to Vijay, 1 run, First runs for the hosts
# Vijay will face his first ball of the game bowled by Cummins
Having lost the toss the bowlers have done really well. Now up to the batsmen to use the conditions— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 25, 2017