India vs Australia 2nd Test Day 1: Lyon leaves lacklustre India in a spin

Lyon finished with figures of 8-50 22.2 overs

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Australia spinner Nathan Lyon made history with his eight-wicket haul against India on the first day of the second Test in Bangalore.

Lyon’s figures of 8-50 are now the best bowling figures by a visiting bowler in India, going past the 8-64 South Africa’s Lance Klusener recorded on his debut in November-December 1996.

His figures are also the second-best by an Australian spinner and the sixth-best by any Australian bowler.

Choosing to bat first, India got off to a disastrous start as opener Abhinav Mukund, who was playing in his first Test match since August 2011, was trapped lbw off the bowling of Mitchell Starc for a duck.

Lokesh Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara made up for the early loss of Mukund with a 61-run partnership before Pujara was dismissed by Lyon for 17.

Lyon thus proceeded to carve through India’s middle order, starting with the golden wicket of captain Virat Kohli, who could only muster 12 runs.

Rahul kept fighting despite losing partner after partner at the other end, but ultimately his time at the crease came to an end when he was caught by Matt Renshaw off the bowling of Lyon for 90, which came off 205 balls and included nine boundaries.

Rahul scored his third Test fifty

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Once Rahul was gone, India were bowled out for 189 the very next ball when Ishant Sharma was sent packing for a golden duck.

Lyon was easily the pick of the bowlers with eight wickets, while Starc and Steve O’Keefe took one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 189 runs, Australia made a cautious start, but Renshaw and David Warner ensured they kept hold of their wickets going into the second day as they amassed an unbeaten 40-run partnership.

Warner finished on 23 off 51 balls, which included one boundary, while Renshaw remained undefeated on 15 off 47 deliveries, which included one boundary.

Australia ended day one on 40/0 and will continue batting on Sunday at 09:30 local time or 04:00 GMT.

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