Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara faced more than 200 deliveries in both the innings, as he has been the difference between the two sides. And therefore it was a big relief once Nathan Lyon dismissed the in-form batsman in the second innings. Meanwhile, Lyon has been bowling tirelessly and got rewarded with the big scalp. Pujara tried to offer no shot but the ball took an edge, and Aaron Finch did the rest at silly point.
A fresh feat for Cheteshwar Pujara
India’s number three scored 71 off 204 balls. In the process, he became only the eighth cricketer to score two fifty-plus scores including a century in a Test match in Australia. Meanwhile, Pujara has scored close to 200 runs in the Test match while none of the sides managed to get past the 300-mark so far.
However, the dependable batter consumed deliveries at first and found the gaps once he settled in. He received support from the skipper, Virat Kohli and opener KL Rahul. Earlier, India took a lead of 15 runs and was enjoying a lead of 166 by the end of day’s play yesterday.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s plan vs Lyon worked
Australia had never chased anything over 200 at this venue in the last 100 years. The wicket has been quite flat, and the spinners have been able to purchase turn through the rough marks mostly. However, Pujara won the battle against Lyon on the day three by shuffling across the wicket and coming down the track to tackle the spin.
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Reward for Nathan Lyon and Pujara's terrific knock comes to an end.
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Lyon had the last laugh
Although he has had success against Pujara in the second innings, Lyon conceded a lot of runs. Pujara got dismissed in an unfortunate manner. Lyon made use of the foot-marks, as Pujara offered his pads instead of the bat. The ball took a rub of the gloves before tossing just under the throat of Aaron Finch, who didn’t make any mistake.