Lyon revels at extracting bounce at Dharamsala pitch

File Photo:Nathan Lyon
IANS|26-Mar-2017 21:23

Dharamsala, March 26 :Off-spinner Nathan Lyon was delighted to have utilised the sharp turn and venomous bounce on offer at the Dharamsala pitch as his four-wicket haul pulled things back for Australia, who reduced India to 248/6 in their first innings on the second day of the fourth and final cricket Test on Saturday.

India were cruising with Lokesh Rahul (60) and Cheteshwar Pujara (57) having taken the hosts to 153/2 with Lyon looking not efficient, among others.

But in the post-tea session, Lyon turned out to be the most lethal bowlers, extracting a lot of bounce off the surface that created troubles for the Indian middle-order.

Lyon bagged Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (46), Karun Nair (5) all being caught by close-in fielders. While Pujara gloved it to Peter Handscomb at short-leg, Nair also failed to fend off sharp turn and bounce as he ended up being caught off the glove by wicket-keeper Matthew Wade at the short-leg position.

Rahane was beaten by sharp turn and could only edge it to Steven Smith at first slip, while Ravichandran Ashwin (30) was dismissed LBW as these wickets left India 52 runs behind.

As the day progressed, the pitch started to show variety of bounce and spin.

"After bowling a couple of overs before lunch I sat down and thought about what it (pitch) is similar to. And it was closer to a home wicket where the bounce is my biggest weapon, where I am getting guys caught at bat pad and slips," Lyon said.

"I went back to how I bowl, which is probably how I should bowl. I should just go out there and back my skill and enjoy the challenge of bowling to the best side in the world in their home conditions," he added.