Grabs eight wick­ets to beat hosts at their own game of spin

New Straits Times - - Sport -

OFF-SPIN­NER Nathan Lyon claimed a ca­reerbest haul of eight wick­ets to help Australia bowl out In­dia for a pal­try 189 and take open­ing day hon­ours in the sec­ond Test in Ban­ga­lore yes­ter­day.

Lyon, whose fig­ures of 8-50 be­came the best by a vis­it­ing bowler on In­dian soil, wreaked havoc in the fi­nal ses­sion of play as In­dia lost their last five bats­men for 15 runs.

In­dian opener Lokesh Rahul top-scored with a gritty 90 but failed to find sup­port at Ban­ga­lore’s M Chin­naswamy Sta­dium the bats­man’s home ground.

Australia were 40 for no loss at stumps with open­ers David Warner (23) and Matt Ren­shaw (15) at the crease. The visi­tors trail In­dia by 149 runs in the first in­nings.

Ajinkya Ra­hane added mis­ery to In­dia’s al­ready ex­ist­ing woes af­ter he dropped Warner on nine off pace spear­head Ishant Sharma.

Lyon though eas­ily re­mained the star of the day, eclips­ing for­mer South African pacer Lance Klus­ner’s show of 8-64 at Kolkata in 1996.

The 29-year-old Lyon, who bet­tered his pre­vi­ous best of 7-94 against In­dia in Delhi in 2013, once again beat the hosts at their own game of spin.

The hosts were bowled out for 105 and 107 dur­ing their open­ing loss in Pune last week, con­ced­ing a 1-0 lead to Australia in the four­match se­ries.

But the pitch in Ban­ga­lore, which has an av­er­age first in­nings score of 451 in the last seven Tests, seemed to of­fer no demons like the turn­ing track in Pune that was rated poor by the match ref­eree.

Lyon struck shortly af­ter lunch to get In­dia skip­per Vi­rat Kohli trapped lbw for 12, as the bats­man once again of­fered no shot to an Aus­tralian spin­ner. He was bowled by left-arm spin­ner Steve O’Keefe in the first Test.

Kohli, who had a rare flop in Pune with scores of 0 and 13, fal­tered af­ter choos­ing to pad up Lyon’s off-spin that headed straight onto the stumps and was ad­judged lbw.

Rahul, who has sur­vived two dropped catches on 30 and 61 at his home venue, did grind his way against the Aussie at­tack but got lit­tle sup­port from the other end.

Rahul, who recorded his third Test fifty in his 15th match, fi­nally was out to Lyon. The bats­man in­jured his shoul­der dur­ing an ugly slog against Steve O’Keefe in the lat­ter part of his in­nings.

Rahul’s 61-run sec­ond wicket stand with Chetesh­war Pu­jara (17) seemed to be the only bit of re­sis­tance in the In­dian bat­ting. Karun Nair also con­trib­uted with 26.

Ear­lier pace­men Starc, who got opener Ab­hi­nav Mukund for nought, and Josh Ha­zle­wood bowled prob­ing spells to rat­tle the In­dian bat­ting early in the day.


Australia’s Nathan Lyon (cen­tre) ac­knowl­edges his team­mates ap­plause af­ter his eight-wicket haul in the sec­ond Test against In­dia in Ban­ga­lore yes­ter­day.

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