Spinner Nathan Lyon put in the best ever performance by a visiting bowler to India as Australia gained early control of the second test on Saturday
BANGALORE, India — Spinner Nathan Lyon put in the best ever performance by a visiting bowler to India as Australia gained early control of the second test on Saturday.
Lyon ended the first day with 8-50 off 22.2 overs with Australia dismissing India for 189 despite Lokesh Rahul scoring his third test half-century.
Australia, which won the first test by 333 runs, finished on 40-0 in 16 overs after India chose to bat. David Warner is 23 not out and Matt Renshaw is undefeated on 15.
The tourists trail India by 149 with all its first-innings wickets intact.
Lyon took the last five wickets — including Rahul for 90 — as India went from 174-5 to 189 all out in 71.2 overs.
India had almost seen it coming.
"Looks like a typical Bangalore wicket," India captain Virat Kohli said after winning the toss. "Pretty good to bat on. The first three days should be good, but at the same time bowlers are always in play in Bangalore."
Abhinav Mukund (0) opened the innings with Rahul in place of injured Murali Vijay, who was ruled out of the match with an injured shoulder.
Mukund and Rahul became India's eighth opening pair in 15 tests since the tour of West Indies in July 2016. Mukund, who had last played test cricket in 2011, didn't last long as he was trapped lbw by Mitchell Starc (1-39) in the third over.
Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed for 17 at the stroke of lunch on Saturday as India reached 72-2. Pujara was caught at short leg off Lyon minutes before the break after the duo put on 61 runs for the second wicket. Their 50 partnership came off 126 balls.
In the second session, India lost Kohli (12) quickly as he was trapped lbw by Lyon in the 34th over. The batsman shouldered arms as he didn't account for turn, and the ball straightened enough to trap him plumb.
Ajinkya Rahane (17) then put on 30 runs with Rahul, and took India past 100 in the 30th over. The pitch started taking considerable turn and both batsmen were finding it difficult in the middle.
Rahul survived when he was dropped in the 44th over at leg slip off Lyon. But Lyon had Rahane stumped in the 48th over. The batsman jumped out of his crease, missed the line of delivery and failed to make it back in time even as keeper Mathew Wade slipped.
Karun Nair (26) then added 38 runs with Rahul and pushed India past the 150 mark.
India reached 168-5 at tea as Lyon bowled an unchanged 16-over spell and took 3-40. The hosts then lasted less than 13 overs into the evening session.
India made two changes for this test. Mukund came in as opener to replace Murali Vijay, who injured his shoulder in the first test .
India also dropped Jayant Yadav for extra batsman Nair, who scored an unbeaten triple century in his previous test last December.
Australia retained an unchanged lineup from the first test.