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Nathan Lyon (8 for 50) betters Lance Klusener’s bowling record in India

Nathan Lyon took a record eight wickets to help Australia bundle out India for 189 in their first innings on the opening day of the second Test at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

cricket Updated: Mar 04, 2017 20:34 IST
Sayan Ghosh

Nathan Lyon produced a superb bowling display as India were bundled out for 189 on Day 1 of the second Test match in Bangalore on Sunday. Lyon’s figures of 8-50 are the best of his career. (LIVE BLOG | LIVE SCORES)

It was yet another dismal batting performance by the Indian batsmen as KL Rahul (90) was the only one to offer any resistance. On a turning track, India’s top batsmen looked quite helpless against the Aussie spin duo of Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe.

Lyon, the 29-year old off-spinner ended up with figures of 8/50 to become the most successful Australian bowler against India. Lyon (58 wickets) surpassed the previous record holder – Brett Lee- when he dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin to claim his fourth wicket of the match.

Nathan Lyon celebrates with teammates the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha in Bangalore on Saturday. (PTI)

The figures of 8/50 were also the best bowling performance by any overseas bowler in India bettering South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener’s 8/64 at the Eden Gardens in 1996.

Nathan Lyon also proved his control over the Indian batsmen as the off-spinner took the wickets of skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara for the fifth time in his career -the most by any bowler. He also dismissed out-of-form Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth time in his career.

It was a truly special performance by Nathan Lyon on Saturday and if the spinner can claim a five-wicket haul in the second innings, he will go past Steve O’Keefe to claim the best bowling figures in a match in India by an Australian bowler.