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Lyon dent India's momentum as match hangs in balance

Nathan Lyon (centre) dented India's momentum on the second day
Nathan Lyon (centre) dented India's momentum on the second day

Australia 300 (Smith 111) v
India 248-6 (Rahul 60)
Fourth Test, Dharamsala, day two

Nathan Lyon picked four wickets on the second day as Australia seized momentum and restricted India to 248 for six at stumps in the fourth Test in Dharamsala.

India started the day without a score on the board having negated one over of play on day one. The first hour saw the Indian openers tested by some accurate bowling from Josh Hazlewood (1-40) and Pat Cummins (1-59).

As there were numerous leave from both Murali Vijay (11) and Lokesh Rahul (60), the odd boundaries too kept coming. In his fifth over of the day, Hazlewood forced an edge of Vijay to the keeper to provide the early breakthrough.

In the 12th over, Rahul had a reprieve when Matt Renshaw dropped him in the slips and India scored 31 runs in the first 13 overs. Both teams were looking to grab the advantage in an intense session and India managed to end it scoring 64 runs and losing the lone wicket of Vijay.

In the second session with Steve O'Keefe (0-69) coming to bowl, Rahul stepped up and smacked him for a six and with a couple more boundaries brought his fifth 50 of the series. However, with a lapse of concentration and some aggression from Cummins, saw Rahul miscue a pull shot to mid off.

Ajinkya Rahane (46) started the innings positively with a pull shot to midwicket and another top edge that went to a six to third man region. Pujara completed another determined fifty but India went into shell at the end of the session and by tea, the score of 153 for two.

In the first over of the third session, Lyon (4-67) had Pujara caught at short leg and four overs later Karun Nair (5) edged the off-spinner delivery to the keeper as India were reeling at 167 for four.

Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin (30) decided to counterattack the Australian bowling as they added a quick 49-run stand but once again Lyon returned back to dismiss both the batsmen.

Ravindra Jadeja (16 not out) gave respite to India at the end of the day with a couple of sixes as the hosts ended the day at 248 for six with Wriddhiman Saha (10 not out), who was put down by Renshaw, managing to see the day through.

At stumps, India were trailing Australia by 52 runs with four wickets in hand.

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