Australian frontline spinner Nathan Lyon demonstrated a fine display of spin bowling as he took 8 for 50 to dismiss India for 189 in their first innings in the second Test in Bengaluru. Day 1 saw the pitch turning and some balls keeping low helped Lyon’s cause.
More than the turn though it was the Indian batsmen playing down the wrong line which brought their downfall. Thus in a way India was trapped in their own web as it was spin again which made the Indian batting order succumb.
O Keefe and Lyon in tandom tantalized the Indian batsmen who were completely outplayed by the spin duo to help Australia take the honours at stumps on Day 1. While O Keefe kept things tight from one end, Lyon kept chipping away with the wickets from the other end.
It was only KL Rahul who showed some resistance against the Australian bowlers as he scored 90 with 9 boundaries in his innings. Karun Nair was the next best with 26 to his name. The middle order of Kohli, Rahane and Pujara all were dismissed by Lyon with balls which they failed to read and playing down the wrong line.
Nair and Rahane for instance were out stumped and they way they got out goes to criticize their understanding of match situation. Also Abhinav Mukund who replaced Murali Vijay for this match was out for a duck.
Thus it was once again a disappointing batting performance by the Indian batsmen as the Australian bowlers kept up their good work after the first Test at Pune. Meanwhile Nathan Lyon surpassed Brett Lee to become the highest wicket taker by an Australian against Indian in Tests taking his tally to 55.
After bundling India out for 189, Australia in their first innings is 40 for no loss with openers David Warner (23) and Matt Renshaw (15) going strong. With India handing the initiative to Australia early it promises to be a tough day for India tomorrow, while Australia will look to pile on the misery.
India 189/5 in 71.2 overs (KL Rahul 90, Nathan Lyon 8-50) vs Australia 40/0 in 16 overs (D Warner 23, M Renshaw 15)