Mon, Mar 27, 9:40am by Head Editor
India’s strong batting line-up looked good in the opening two sessions of day two, compiling 153 runs for the loss of just two wickets. Then it was time for Australia’s favourite off-spinner – Nathan Lyon – to enter the fold.
The man they call “Garry” – after the former AFL player – ripped through India’s middle-order with 4-36 from a 14-over spell in the final session.
Australia started the day as a $3.05 outsider but thanks to the off-spinner and the rest of the bowling unit, who had a good day in the field, the Aussies have shortened to $2.50.
India are 6/248 at stumps, hardly the day that they would have wanted and have drifted from $1.67 to $1.90.
The draw, which is all the Aussies need to hang onto the Border Gavaskar Trophy, has drifted from $5.85 to $8.
Murali Vijay was the first man to go when the score was just 21 with a beautiful delivery from a fired-up Josh Hazlewood. The latter may have struck first but Pat Cummins was also bowling well, and fast, hovering around the 150kph mark.
If he can do that on Indian pitches, imagine what he’ll get the radar gun up to at home. He bowled without luck for most of the day, having two catches dropped off his bowling, both by Matt Renshaw.
KL Rahul was the first man to be put down when he was on just 10, he made use of the chance and added fifty more runs before he was finally dismissed by a bouncer from Cummins.
Cheteshwar Pujara, who has averaged 70 this series also made 57 crucial runs for his side but when he was removed early in the last session by Lyon it started the spell that brought Australia right back into the contest.
Wriddhiman Saha was dropped in the first over with the second new ball, a simple chance that had Renshaw held, Australia could have been into the Indian tail on day two.
The Indian keeper survived though and is 10 not out. His partnership with Ravindra Jadeja, who is on 16, may well tell the winner of the series. The latter is $1.88 to make over 35 runs while Saha is the same price to make over 30.
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