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.
GOT HIM! Lyon finishes with 8-50, the sixth-best Test figures by an Aussie EVER! Incredible from the GOAT. India all out for 189 #INDvAUS— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 4, 2017
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.
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 1st visiting bowler to take 8 wkts on 1st day of a Test in India!— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) March 4, 2017
Previous best: Andy Roberts - 7/64 at Chennai in 1975#IndvAus
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.