India vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 2: Nathan Lyon Takes 8 Wickets & push India close to defeat

In the third test match against Australia, India tasted the bitterness of their own medicine. In the first innings of the third test match being played in Indore, three Australian spin bowlers sent the entire Indian team back to the pavilion at a meager total of 109 runs in just 33.2 overs.

In the 3rd Test match between India and Australia, on the second day of the match, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon produced a stunning performance, taking 8 wickets to bundle out India for just 163 runs in their first innings.

The day started with India resuming their first innings at 96-2. However, it did not take long for the Australian bowlers to break through the Indian batting line-up. Lyon was the star of the day, as he spun a web around the Indian batsmen and picked up wickets at regular intervals.

Lyon began his assault by removing Cheteshwar Pujara, who was looking set on 50. From there on, Lyon kept chipping away at the Indian batting line-up, dismissing the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, and Ravindra Jadeja. Lyon was well supported by the Australian pacers, who kept the pressure on the Indian batsmen by picking up crucial wickets.

India’s lower-order batsmen tried to put up a fight, but Lyon was simply too good for them. He ended up with figures of 8-50, becoming only the third Australian bowler to take 8 wickets in a Test innings against India.

In reply, Australia got off to a solid start, with their openers David Warner and Marcus Harris putting on an unbeaten 35-run partnership before bad light stopped play. The hosts trail by 128 runs with all 10 wickets intact. India has attained a lead of two-nil in the series of four test matches between India and Australia. It is worth noting that in the initial two test matches, India faced criticism on social media on makng spin wickets.

Overall, it was a day dominated by Australia, thanks to Lyon’s brilliant performance with the ball. India, on the other hand, will be left ruing their missed opportunities, as they had a chance to post a big total on the board, but Lyon’s heroics put paid to their hopes.

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