Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon managed to get the prized wicket of the veteran Indian opener, Rohit Sharma yet again on Day 2 of the Brisbane Test at the Gabba in Brisbane on Saturday. It was the sixth time Lyon had managed to dismiss Rohit out which is the most by any bowler against him in the longest format. While Rohit is being criticized for his poor shot-selection, Lyon said he had to bowl his best ball to get the wicket of India’s deputy skipper in the second session.
During the rain-break on Day 2, Nathan Lyon was heard saying, “The crowd’s been amazing, Rohit is a world-class player and tried to bowl him my best ball.”
Lyon is playing in his 100th Test match for Australia and even got a guard of honor from his teammates before play started on the first day. Nathan Lyon said he would have loved to go out for dinner with his family to make the landmark more memorable but couldn’t do it because of the bio-bubble restrictions in place.
Talking about the same, Nathan Lyon said, “It would’ve been nice to go out for dinner with everyone, including my parents but there are bubble restrictions. It was like a Day 3 wicket yesterday, and there’s a nice crack outside off-stump so I’m trying to aim at that. Rishabh always tries to smash me so I’m looking forward to bowl to him, it’s always a great battle with him.”
Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma lost their wickets in the post-lunch session on day two, and now Cheteshawa Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane need to steady the ship in order for India to stay in the game. After restricting Australia for 369, India got off to a bad start with the bat as the visitors lost the opening wicket of Shubman Gill (7) in the seventh over of the innings.
Earlier in the first session, Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar took six wickets among themselves as India bundled out Australia for 369. Marnus Labuschagne was the leading run-scorer for the hosts as he had amassed 108. The first session on day two saw 95 runs being scored from 28.2 overs.
On the first day of the fourth Test, Marnus Labuschagne had played a knock of 108 runs to give the hosts an edge in the match. India reached tea at 62 for 2, still, 307 runs behind Australia’s first innings 369.