Lyon snares Kohli but In­dia in con­trol in Ade­laide

Oman Daily Observer - - CRICKET -

ADE­LAIDE: Chetesh­war Pu­jara and Vi­rat Kohli thwarted Aus­tralia in a dili­gent part­ner­ship to push In­dia to a po­si­tion of strength and a 166-run lead at the close of day three of the first test on Satur­day. Brought to­gether be­fore tea with In­dia vul­ner­a­ble at 76 for two, the pair stood firm through the best part of a ses­sion be­fore spin­ner Nathan Lyon snared Kohli for 34 to end their 71-run stand at Ade­laide Oval. Pu­jara, who res­cued In­dia’s first in­nings with a sparkling 123, sur­vived to stumps on 40 not out, with num­ber five Ajinkya Ra­hane on one run un­der a cloudy sky. Lyon was de­nied Pu­jara’s wicket twice by the De­ci­sion Re­view Sys­tem, so his Kohli break­through was a re­lief af­ter a long af­ter­noon’s toil. De­ceiv­ing the In­dian tal­is­man with flight and dip, he caught Kohli’s in­side edge and the nick popped up to Aaron Finch at short leg. Dis­missed for three in In­dia’s first in­nings 250, Kohli was fum­ing to have his sec­ond knock cut short but soaked up 104 balls to frus­trate the home crowd, sec­tions of which had jeered him as he strode out to the crease. He also man­aged to join an elite club of In­di­ans who have notched 1,000 test runs in Aus­tralia, with only Sachin Ten­dulkar (1,809), VVS Lax­man (1,236), Rahul Dravid (1,166) and Viren­der Se­hwag (1,031) ahead of him. Hav­ing con­ceded a 15-run lead af­ter be­ing dis­missed for 235 be­fore lunch, the home side will be des­per­ate for early wick­ets on day four to have hope of con­tain­ing the tourists. Jasprit Bum­rah, who took 3-47 to fin­ish with In­dia’s best bowl­ing fig­ures, looked for­ward to the spin of Ravichan­dran Ash­win com­ing into play on a fifth day wicket. “In the fourth in­nings he will ob­vi­ously play a cru­cial role,” said the pace­man of Ash­win, who took three first in­nings wick­ets and was a con­stant hand­ful.

“We saw Nathan Lyon us­ing the rough to his ad­van­tage so I think (Ash­win) knows what he has to do.”

With only 250 to de­fend, In­dia’s bowlers could take great pride in re­strict­ing Aus­tralia to 235.

With lusty tail-end cameos by Mitchell Starc (15) and Nathan Lyon (24 not out), Aus­tralia looked set to race past In­dia’s total af­ter re­sum­ing on 191 for seven in the rain-de­layed morn­ing.

But Mo­hammed Shami swung the mo­men­tum back to In­dia and was on a hat-trick af­ter claim­ing the fi­nal two wick­ets of bats­man Travis Head (72) and num­ber 11 Josh Ha­zle­wood (0).

In­dia’s open­ers put on a 63-run open­ing stand to press the ad­van­tage be­fore Aus­tralia fought back to re­move them both.

Ha­zle­wood had Lokesh Rahul caught be­hind for 44 af­ter fel­low seamer Starc snared Mu­rali Vi­jay in the slips for 18, both bats­men again fall­ing to loose shots af­ter soft dis­missals in the first in­nings.

Kohli and Pu­jara then steered In­dia to safety and a platform to set up a rare test vic­tory Down Un­der and an early lead in the four-test se­ries.

“It’s just a re­ally big hour in the morn­ing to change that mo­men­tum and to get us go­ing,” said Head. In­dia first in­nings: 250 Aus­tralia first in­nings (O/n: 191-7): T Head c Pant b Shami------------------------------------72 M Starc c Pant b Bum­rah --------------------------------15 N Lyon (not out) ---------------------------------------------24 J Ha­zle­wood c Pant b Shami----------------------------0 Ex­tras (LB-10, B-6, NB-2, W-1) -----------------------19 Total (all out, 98.4 overs) --------------------------- 235 Fall of wick­ets: 1-0, 2-45, 3-59, 4-87, 5-120, 6-127, 7-177, 8-204, 9-235. Bowl­ing: Sharma 20-6-47-2, Bum­rah 24-9-473, Shami 16.4-6-58-2, Ash­win 34-9-57-3, Vi­jay 4-1-10-0. In­dia sec­ond in­nings: K L Rahul c Paine b Ha­zle­wood ----------------------44 M Vi­jay c Hand­scomb b Starc -------------------------18 C Pu­jara (not out) -------------------------------------------40 V Kohli c Finch b Lyon ------------------------------------34 A Ra­hane (not out) -------------------------------------------1 Ex­tras (B-2, LB-12) ----------------------------------------14 Total (For 3 wkts, 61 overs)------------------------- 151 Fall of wick­ets: 1-63, 2-76, 3-147. Bowl­ing: Starc 10-3-18-1, Ha­zle­wood 16-9-251, Cum­mins 11-4-33-0, Lyon 22-3-48-1, Head 2-0-13-0.

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