Second Test, India vs. Australia: Against India, Nathan Lyon and Travis Head Put Australia in Control

At the end of day two of the second Test in New Delhi on Saturday, Australia outscored India by 62 runs.

On a riveting second day of the second Test here on Saturday, Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin added another significant chapter to India’s lower-order fightbacks with their priceless 114-run eighth-wicket partnership.

This put the hosts on an even keel against Australia. India, who were in a complete mess at 139/7, recovered well to finish their first innings at 262 in 83.3 overs, just one run behind Australia’s 263.

This was made possible by Axar’s invaluable 74 off 115 balls and Ashwin’s 37 off 71 balls. Australia led by 62 runs at the stumps and were 61/1 in their second innings.

Australia would have been happier than they were at stumps on Saturday had the two all-rounders not saved the hosts.

Marnus Labuschagne (16 batting) and Travis Head (39 batting), opening for a concussed David Warner, attacked the Indian spinners knowing that defending was out of the question. In the process, they established a few boundaries.

After specialist batters were unsure whether to attack or defend against the Australian spinners led by Nathan Lyon (5/67 in 29 overs), who picked up his 22nd five-wicket haul, batter No.6 (Jadeja).

No.8 (Ashwin), and No.9 (Axar) were at the forefront of the recovery act, as has been the pattern over the past few years.

The track did not contain any demons, but the ball stayed low due to a few cracks on the good and short-of-good-length spots on both sides of the strip.

Except for skipper Rohit Sharma, who was bowled playing across the line, the majority of top-order India batters were deemed leg-before on the front foot.

India batters were playing Australian spinners with their pads as their first line of defense, which was a worrying trend.

Nevertheless, despite losing seven wickets, Axar and Ashwin employed the strategy to consistently counterattack the bowlers.

They scored runs by utilizing the pace of the deliveries from debutant left-arm spinner Matt Kuhnemann (2/72 in 21.3 overs) and Todd Murphy (2/53 in 18 overs).

With a six over cow corner from Kuhnemann and another over extra cover from Murphy. Axar notched his third fifty, making it the second time in the series he has done so in a row.

He also hit a six off of Lyon, but Pat Cummins’ back-foot punch through the covers was his standout shot.

Australia lost the initiative after dominating the majority of the first one-and-a-half sessions on Saturday. But Ashwin was also determined at the other end and refused to give up scoring opportunities.

Before Virat Kohli (44 off 84 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (26 off 74 balls) steadied the innings in the post-lunch session. By adding 59 runs for the fifth wicket, India lost wickets quickly in the morning session.

However, the hosts’ fortunes quickly deteriorated after Murphy. Who was playing in his second Test, and debutant Kuhnemann dismissed the duo in quick succession.

It’s possible that the brisk pace of the Kotla track is to blame. For the distinction between the Australian spin attack in Delhi and Nagpur.

Despite losing three referrals in the first hour of day two. Stalwart Lyon and the two young spinners deserve credit for maintaining the pressure.

Kohli played calmly and looked good for a big score. Would consider it unfortunate that he had to return due to an umpire’s call.

It appeared as though Kuhnemann’s arm ball was brushing India’s No. As there was no conclusive evidence to indicate whether the ball hit the bat or the pad first, one batter appeared distraught.

Before that, Jadeja, India’s most consistent Test batter, was caught in the face by a Murphy slider.
KL Rahul’s bad run continued in the morning session. Cheteshwar Pujara played a forgettable first inning in his 100th Test.

Only Rohit Sharma, who is 32 years old, appeared to be in good spirits. As a classic Lyon was in his element, frequently challenging the top order.

After surviving two DRS appeals, 17-year-old Rahul was caught leg. Before when Lyon threw one from around the wicket and got it to deviate enough to reach his pads.

The argument over whether young Shubman Gill should have been given a chance to play in the current Test will once more be sparked by Rahul’s string of errors.

Rohit was playing the sweep shot well. Appeared to be carrying from the first Test, where he had left off. However, he castled himself after playing across Lyon’s line to a straighter one.

The more than 20,000 Kotla fans kept chanting Pujara’s name as he came to bat, which is rare for Pujara. However, his historic game turned out to be anticlimactic because he didn’t bother the scorers.

The conventional Rajkot man attempted to play a half-forward defensive stroke. But was caught plumb in front by another flighted delivery from Lyon. He would like to quickly forget the innings.

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