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Rohit Sharma left clueless, caught in ‘no man’s land’ as Nathan Lyon rattles his stumps in 2nd Test

 

Caught in two minds, Rohit Sharma played for the turn and the ball went on with the angle to rattle his stumps. The celebration from the Australians said it all. The Indian captain and the only centurion of the first Test, was back in the hut for 32.

Nathan Lyon gave India one body blow after another as Australia came roaring back on Day 2 of the second Test against India in Delhi. Lyon, who was overshadowed by debutant Todd Murphy in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy opener in Nagpur, showed his class by dismissing India’s top-order on Saturday. The off-spinner accounted for KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Cheteshwar Pujara in the morning session with largely similar deliveries bowled from around the wicket. After a brief pause, he also dismissed Shreyas Iyer, who returned to the XI after recovering from an injury, replacing Suryakumar Yadav.

An out-of-form KL Rahul was Lyon’s first victim. He survived the first half hour that included a couple of reviews but was outfoxed by the great off-spinner in the 18th over. Lyon got one just to turn a bit after pitching it on the off stump. Rahul, as he so often does, lunged forward with bat and pad close together but the turn did him. The ball missed his bat and hit him on the knee roll. The umpire had no doubts about raising his finger. Rahul took a review, hoping that the turn would take past the leg stump but that wasn’t to be. It was the umpire’s call and he had to go back for 17.

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