On the second day of the 2nd Test Highlight, Australia’s bowlers, led by Nathan Lyon, exposed everything that had been wrong with India’s top order over the previous two years for the first session and a half. The Indian camp became uneasy after Lyon scored a fifer in the first 50 overs of the innings. The hosts were in trouble at 139/7 because the bowlers had plenty of room to manoeuvre on the Kotla pitch.
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Then Axar Patel
one of the tenacious breed of Indian Test cricketers of the new generation, rose to the challenge with a calculated 74 off 115 balls. Together with R Ashwin, Axar put on an eighth-wicket stand of 114 runs off 30 overs, fending off Lyon’s 5/67 with a valiant 37 at the other end.
India eventually conceded a lead of just one run while chasing Australia’s first-innings total of 263. Australia finally gained the upper hand on this tour, albeit by a slim margin due to the strengthening Indian tail.
At stumps, however, India was clearly under pressure. Australia quickly reached 61/1 in 12 overs thanks to Travis Head’s unbeaten 39 off 40 balls and Marnus Labuschagne’s 16 at the time of stumps.
KL Rahul’s perplexingly protracted slump, Cheteshwar Pujara’s duck against Lyon in his 100th Test, and Virat Kohli’s now-usual grind for 44, which led to Matthew Kuhnemann’s debut wicket, all served to highlight the unreliability of India’s star-studded top order.
Axar Patel had another turn on 2nd Test Highlight Saturday. He hasn’t touched the ball much in a three-pronged spin attack. However, he has essentially filled in for his friend Rishabh Pant’s absence, especially given how desperate the team management was for left-handers in the middle order.. With his drift, bite, side spin, quick air speed, and tight angles, Lyon had pinned India’s renowned front-row quartet to the crease. Australia’s top spinner finally made it to a location where he had amassed seven wickets during his first tour of India in 2013.