After Nathan Lyon’s spectacular performance yesterday, Australia has a modest target of only 76 runs to chase this morning, as he single-handedly dismantled India with figures of 8/64. Lyon has made a remarkable comeback in the last two Tests after his disappointment in Nagpur.
In the third innings, he bowled for nearly 24 overs out of the 61, and consistently hit the right areas on a surface that offered him some assistance. Although India may still hold onto some hope, it would take a miracle for them to turn this game around.
The lowest total successfully defended in India was 107, in the famous game at the Wankhede Stadium in 2004. However, Australia did suffer a collapse yesterday, losing 6 wickets for just 11 runs. Furthermore, they will be facing the new ball in the morning session, where wickets have tended to fall quickly in this series due to the extra bite from the early moisture.
As the two Australian openers stride onto the field, the Indian team briefly huddle together before quickly breaking apart and assuming their fielding positions. While Jadeja and Axar share a lighthearted conversation, Ashwin prepares himself to bowl and takes the new ball. With one slip and a silly point in place, Ashwin approaches the crease from around the wicket.
What a delivery! The ball hits the top surface, spins away, and goes straight through as Khawaja tries to defend. The wicketkeeper takes the catch, and the umpire raises his finger to give Khawaja out caught-behind. Despite his disappointment, Khawaja decides to challenge the decision and calls for a review. However, the UltraEdge confirms a clear spike, and the on-field umpire’s decision stands. With only his second delivery, Ashwin has provided India with a crucial breakthrough, which could help boost their morale.