2nd Australia vs India Perth: Ajinkya Rahane’s good show came to an end as Nathan Lyon picked up India’s vice-captain for 51 in the first over of Day 3. It is a big wicket in the context of the game as Rahane and Kohli were looking well-set and they were piling on the agony for Australia and slowly but surely taking the game beyond their reach. The wicket has sure given them an opening. It was the fourth ball of the day and it seemed a bit too casual from the Indian vice-captain there. Wonderful line and length from Lyon, he shortened his length a bit and gets it to straighten on after pitching. Rahane was in a muddle, didn’t get his front foot fully forward and expected it to spin into him which didn’t. Ended up feathering an edge and Paine makes no mistake behind. This is the eight occasion Lyon has got rid of Rahane.
Here is the dismissal:
Earlier, skipper Virat Kohli played a pivotal role with a brilliant 82, lifting India from a double blow at the beginning of innings to 172 for three in the second Test against Australia on Saturday. Kohli’s unbeaten knock, coupled with Ajinkya Rahane’s counterattacking 51, helped India to not only overcome the cheap dismissals of Murali Vijay (2) and K L Rahul (2) but also put the visitors in a position from where they can look to dominate the rest of the game.
The India captain stitched a 90-run unbroken partnership with Rahane by stumps on the second day, the stand coming after he added 74 with Adelaide hero Cheteshwar Pujara (24) for the third wicket. This was after Australia’s tail wagged to add 49 runs to their overnight total to finish at 326.