After Nathan Lyon's magic, David Warner & Steven Smith
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 05, 2017,
Mar 05, 2017, 8:34
In the nets in the lead-up to the Bengaluru Test, KL Rahul was sweeping and reverse-sweeping pretty much every second ball of spin he faced.
However, despite Australia now having a golden chance to lock up the Border-Gavaskar trophy, the sight of such profound turn and variable bounce on day one in Bangalore will be keeping Smith's dressing room firmly on its toes when they resume on 0-40.
And the pitches for this season's Tests before Australia's arrival were far better to bat on. Though he picked up eight wickets, Lyon still rates his Adelaide performance higher. This is the most by an Australian bowler passing Brett Lee's 53. First three days of the game should be nice and good for batting.
Lyon though easily remained the star of the day, eclipsing former South African pacer Lance Klusner's show of 8-64 at Kolkata in 1996. While the Indian team might not want to think about what is being said outside the safe confines of their dressing room, it still doesn't take the spotlight off the pitch at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
He also obtained great variety in the amount of spin he was extracting.
Proud: Steve Smith bats in the nets during a training session in Bangalore. Others, like the one that caught Virat Kohli in front of his wicket without playing a shot, went straight on.
Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden believes a marathon home season is contributing to Virat Kohli's freaky dismissals and India's seismic batting collapses against Australia.
And the second of his scalps was the prized wicket of Kohli for 12.
Lyon has now dismissed the 28-year-old batsman five times in Tests - the equal most by any bowler, along with English seamer Jimmy Anderson.
"The wicket wasn't the easiest to play on".
On the eve of the Bengaluru Test, Virat Kohli had said three times, in response to three separate questions during his pre-match press conference, that India lost the first Test in Pune because of a "lack of intent".
But Hirwani, whose 16 wickets on Test debut in 1988 is still a record, feels the second Test could give a new dimension to the four-Test series.
For the third Test in Mohali where the side was muddled by the homework fiasco that saw four players dropped, he played alongside Doherty he was found wanting again as he went for 1-124 in 31 overs.
Australia captain Steven Smith, who had named an unchanged XI from their opening win in Pune on the eve of this match, reiterated the importance of keeping the momentum up.
After losing to the guests in a completely one sided match, the Indian team is all set to take revenge from the Aussies in the second test match.