Australia off-spinner Nathon Lyon brought visitors back in the game with his fabulous final session display, as he picked up 4 wickets from 14-over spell to leave India at 248 for 6 at the close of play on day two of the decider Test in Dharamsala.
Just as Australia had lost their way after utterly dominating the first session of play yesterday, India lost their advantage post tea on day two to leave the all-important clash on even footing. Prior to tea, India had the upper hand with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane well settled at the crease and half the deficit already wiped out. But once Pujara was dismissed by Lyon, the off-spinner was able to work his way through India’s middle order, claiming four wickets in the process.
Australia’s speed pair Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins found swing more or less all day, but their fiery, aggressive spells were unable to cause regular breakthroughs with only two wickets falling across four hours.
It could have been an even better day for Australia if Matt Renshaw had not grassed two opportunities: first, he failed to react in time to KL Rahul’s edge early in the day, then later spilled a simple straightforward chance offered up by Saha in Pat Cummins first over with the second new cherry.
India are still 52 runs adrift of their rivals, with only four wickets left in the tank.
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