Wednesday 21 March 2018 / 10:06 AM


After watching junior spin partner Steve O’Keefe receive all the plaudits in the Pune series opener, it was Nathan Lyon’s name up in lights on the opening day of the second Test.

Lyon shattered all manner of records by taking 8/50 as Australia routed India for 189, while David Warner (23 not out) and Matt Renshaw (15 not out) saw the side through to 0/40 at stumps to complete another day of Test domination in the subcontinent for the tourists.

Mitchell Starc made the breakthrough in just the third over of the morning, trapping Abhinav Rahul lbw for a duck. India steadied, before Lyon removed Cheteshwar Pujara (17) on the cusp of lunch.

Resuming on 2/72, the hosts hit the skids after Lyon sent Virat Kohli (12) and Ajinkya Rahane (17) on their way. Matt Wade took back-to-back stumpings – firstly off Lyon to dismiss Rahane, then off O’Keefe to remove Karun Nair (26) – before Lyon mopped up the tail.

India’s last six wickets fell for just 33 runs in a familiar collapse, with only opener Lokesh Rahul (90) – the second-last man out – the only batsman to offer any significant resistance.

Lyon’s banner day included a string of amazing milestones:

  • The off-spinner’s career-best 8/50 is the best-ever figures by a visiting bowler in India, beating Lance Klusener’s 8/64 (1996).
  • The figures are the second-best by an Australian spinner, after Arthur Mailey’s 9/121 against England in 1921.
  • It ranks as the sixth-best bowling performance by any Australian bowler at any venue, and the best by an Australian against India.
  • Lyon is now Australia’s greatest-ever wicket-taker against India, with his 58 seeing him move past Brett Lee (53).
  • Lyon now owns the best figures at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium by any bowler, eclipsing Maninder Singh’s 7/27 for India against Pakistan in 1987.

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