Rain interrupts play; Lyon three away from 400

Rain has enforced calling off the final session of the second day’s play between Australia and India at The Gabba, Brisbane.

Rain interrupts play; Lyon three away from 400
Australia celebrate the wicket of Rohit Sharma. ©Getty Images


Nathan Lyon, playing in his 100th Test, picked the crucial wicket of Rohit Sharma to take his career tally to 397.

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Australia slid to 369 allout after being 274/5 overnight. Skipper Tim Paine stuck a crucial half-century – 50 runs off 104 balls – and put on a 98-run stand with Cameron Green for the sixth-wicket.

Green missed out on a fifty, scoring 107-ball 47 runs. Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar brought down a lower middle-order collapse, taking three wickets on quick succession.

Tail-enders Mitchell Starc (20*) and Nathan Lyon (24) added resistance as Australia fell short of 400. The hosts lost their last five wickets in the first session.

Debutants T Natarajan and Washington as well as Shardul bagged three wickets apiece.

In reply, Pat Cummins made the breakthrough as Shubman Gill edged to slip cordon at team score of 10. Rohit looked good in his 74-ball 44 runs knock but his mode of dismissal brought shock to Indian dressing room.

The ‘hitman’ came down the track and hit Lyon only to be caught at long-on, where Starc was placed.

India finished on 62/2 in 26 overs at tea. The third day’s play will see a 30-minute early start.

Brief scores:

Australia 1st innings: 369 allout in 115.2 overs (Labuschagne 108, Paine 50; Natarajan 3/78, Washington 3/89, Shardul 3/94)

India 1st innings: 62/2 in 26 overs (Rohit 44; Lyon 1/10, Cummins 1/22)

India trail by 307 runs

Stumps- Day 2 

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