Nathan Lyon scores five as Australia seeks a commanding advantage

Nathan Lyon scores five as Australia seeks a commanding advantage

Nathan Lyon scores five as Australia seeks a commanding advantage



Australia positioned themselves for a sizable first-innings advantage in the quick-paced Delhi Test match as Nathan Lyon completed his 22nd Test match five-fer and became just the third bowler to take 100 wickets against India. The hosts were reduced to 179/7 at Tea on the second day, which was 84 runs short of Australia's first-innings total.

In the session, India scored 91 runs but lost three wickets, including Virat Kohli's crucial one. Along with Ravindra Jadeja, the former India captain led an amazing battle. Their 59-point fifth-wicket partnership was the joint-highest in this Test match.

On Day 2, India recommenced the second session reeling at 88/4, Kohli and Jadeja putting out fires. On a twisting surface, the former in particular trusted his skill and kept scoring. His ability to travel deeply into his crease while relying on his sight to find a wayward delivery was the distinguishing feature of his little gem.

By using his feet to blast a four past the bowler and then tuck away another ball beyond square leg for four, Kohli and Jadeja kept the scoreboard moving. But, Todd Murphy struck in a way that wasn't all that dissimilar from how other Indian hitters who opted to play with their bat and pad together were removed, cutting short that partnership just as it was threatening to eat into that Australian total. Murphy managed to straighten the ball from behind the stumps, and not even a hopeful review could save Jadeja.

In keeping with the pattern, Australia's first wicket, that of Kohli, who became first-timer Matthew Kuhnemann's first Test wicket, was followed by two more. Kohli was adjudged LBW after stretching forward to defend with his bat and pad at the same time, just like Jadeja, Rahul, and Pujara had done before him. Yet, the problematic issue in his dismissal was that the on-field ruling stood since replays were unable to definitively determine if it was bat or pad first. After that, Lyon forced KS Bharat to glove a sweep attempt in order to finish his five-fer.

The damage was all done in the first session by the seasoned offspinner, who cast a spell with the words 9-1-21-4. This includes the dismissal of Rohit Sharma, who was caught on his crease as the ball sailed over his outside edge and smashed into the stumps after being caught in flight and by the length.

Axar Patel's brief appearance before the Tea interval supported the idea that although India is well behind, they are still in the game. The all-arounder pursued Kuhnemann, and his 28* contributed to cutting the deficit to less than 100.

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