Australia needed a few blows to get their deficit as less as possible. It was Nathan Lyon who took matters in his own hands. The New South Wales spinner whacked Mohammed Shami out of the park. Lyon timed the ball to perfection and added a vital score on the board. To everyone’s delight, one of the spectators took a sharp catch. He was cheered by the crowd around and the camera followed.

Nathan Lyon remains unbeaten, the hosts fold for 235

Lyon remained unbeaten on 24 off 28 balls. Apart from the six; the batter hit a couple of boundaries. The hosts were packed for 235, 15 runs short of India’s total. Interestingly, it was the only six hit in the Australian innings. Travis Head top scored for the hosts with a gutsy 72

Australia vs India 2018: Watch - Nathan Lyon Smacks a Six, Spectator Takes a 'Blinder'
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 18: Nathan Lyon of Australia looks on during day three of the Second Test match between Australia and Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on October 18, 2018, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

A vital cog in the side

Lyon is an important cog in the Australian wheel. His teammate Josh Hazlewood recently praised the cricketer and the value he brings to the table.

“He’s the key for me with the four of us, you have Starc who bowls shorter spells and sometimes Patty too so to have Nath, it even worked well two weeks ago when we played the shield game,” Hazlewood said.

“Nathan pretty much bowled from one end after the new ball and we filtered through from the other end, it’s hard to get a fun off him and he takes wickets, it’s good to have that down the other end and he makes that group what it is,” he said.

Australia vs India 2018: Watch - Nathan Lyon Smacks a Six, Spectator Takes a 'Blinder'
Nathan Lyon in action. Source: Getty

The spinner bagged two wickets from 28 overs. He is a workhorse and bowls according to plan. He tricked Rohit Sharma on playing a shot away from his body in the first innings. The batter cramped for space and eventually ended up getting out. The visitors will back themselves to post more than 250 runs and put pressure on the Aussies. Lyon and Co. will have their task cut out.

Here is the video of Nathan Lyon’s six:

Sayantan Bhattacharjee

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