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Lyon Bowls Australia To Victory

Nathan Lyon is congratulated
Nathan Lyon (second left) took seven wickets to bowl Australia to victory
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Australia 517-7 dec. & 290-5 dec. beat
India 444 & 315 (Kohli 141) by 48 runs
First Test, Adelaide

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon returned seven for 152 to bowl Australia to a 48-run over India, who made a game chase of a target of 364 on the final day of the first Test in Adelaide.

Murali Vijay (99) and Virat Kohli (141) batted brilliantly before Lyon ended their 185-run partnership for the third wicket and thereafter, Australia tore through India's batting.

They were eventually dismissed for 315 with Mitchell Johnson (2-45) and Ryan Harris (1-45) also taking wickets.

The dramatic finale came after Australia declared their second innings on their overnight score of 290 for five, setting India a stiff target to win, or the test of batting through the day to save the game.

Thrillingly, Kohli was going for the win, and his 141 in 175 balls was an outstanding knock, while Vijay's 99 in 234 balls kept Australia at bay.

Shikhar Dhawan (9) and Cheteshwar Pujara (21) had fallen cheaply to Johnson and Lyon when Vijay and Kohli came together at 57 for two.

They progressed the score to 242 before Vijay was trapped in front by Lyon one run short of a century.

Lyon then struck quickly to remove Ajinkya Rahane (0) and Rohit Sharma (6), both players pushing at balls and offering catches close to the wicket.

Wriddhiman Saha cracked 13 in 10 balls before becoming Lyon's next victim, bowled, and the big wicket came soon after when Kohli pulled Lyon to Mitchell Marsh in the deep.

For the first time in a long time, Australia were back in the driving seat and they swiftly finished off the rest of the batting with Johnson and Harris returning to dismiss Mohammad Shami (5) and Varun Aaron (1) while Lyon completed his seven-wicket haul by having Ishant Sharma stumped for one.

Although this was not the first time he had returned seven wickets in an innings, this was the first time he had taken 10 in a match.

India had lost their last five wickets for 15 runs and Australia take a 1-0 lead into the second Test, which begins on 17th December in Brisbane.

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