Lyon gives warning to Pujara ahead of Boxing Day Test
Australia beat India by 8 wickets to take 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series. Virat Kohli top-scored for the visitors with 74 in the first innings whereas the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scored 43 and 42 respectively.
Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 5 wickets in the match. However, all their efforts went in vain especially after their dreadful performance in the second innings when they were reduced to 36/9, in what was their lowest-ever total in Test cricket history.
Having resumed the play with a lead of 63 runs on Day 3, Team India were at 9/1. However, they posted the lowest total and set up a target of just 91 for the hosts. Tim Paine’s team chased down the target and finished the job inside 3 days itself.
Now, the focus shifts to the Boxing Day Test match where India will play without their skipper Virat Kohli. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side in Kohli’s absence in the last three Tests. The second Test will be played at the MCG on December 26.
Lyon gives a warning to Pujara
Meanwhile, Australian veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon gave a warning to India’s talisman batsman Cheteshwar Pujara ahead of the Boxing Day Test. Lyon got the better of Pujara in the first Test at Adelaide Oval as India’s No.3 batsman fell prey to Lyon’s bowling.
As far as the second innings is concerned, the batsman was dismissed for a duck off Pat Cummins’ bowling. The 33-year-old Lyon said that the team has a couple of surprising challenges in store for Pujara. However, he didn’t reveal the secrets.
“I can’t reveal secrets, to be honest with you. But, obviously, Pujara is a world-class batter and he is going to be a big challenge for us for the rest of the series,” Lyon said at a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
“We spoke about him (Pujara) in depth before the series started, it was good to see a couple of plans come off in Adelaide, but we have got a couple more things,” he added.
Lyon further added saying that he loves bowling against India’s dependable No.3 batsman Pujara and also strongly believes that he can take his wicket in the games to come.
“So, hopefully, if he does get in, we can put into ploy…it is always fun challenging yourself against the best players in the world and Pujara is definitely one of those guys,” Lyon concluded.