Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has backed struggling opener, Aaron Finch, as he failed to make an impact in the opening Test against India at the Adelaide Oval.

Meanwhile, the hosts are striving for a loss at Adelaide with only six wickets to play and full one day in hand. Previously, in the day, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scored fifties to extend India’s advantage. However, it came down sharply with the second session collapse.

Both the overnight batsmen, Pujara and Rahane, put on an 87-run stand for the fourth wicket to start the day well for India. After a mostly luckless session, Lyon snapped the wickets of Pujara for 71 and Rohit Sharma (1) in quick succession, but India, by then, have attained a comfortable position. Nathan Lyon starred for the hosts picking six wickets thus ending with match figures of eight for 205.

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In reply, Australia had a poor start as they lost Aaron Finch in the last over before tea.

Ashwin was successful in putting the ball to turn from rough, which got a feather touch of Finch’s pad and lobbed up to the safe hands of Rishabh Pant. The swashbuckling opener, who had a great start to his Test career in the UAE, failed to get going in his first Test in Australia.

However, Nathan Lyon stook in support of the incumbent opener saying that it is a learning curve for Aaron Finch.

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I don’t think he was going to get away with it. I’ve spoken to the third umpire (Chris Gaffaney) who said it was out or there was inconclusive evidence to overturn the decision. Finchy’s fine, and it’s been a great learning curve for Aaron. He’ll take a lot out of this first Test match at home, and he’ll be better for the run,” he said at the end of the day’s play.