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Nathan Lyon
World Test Championship

Lyon edges closer to Test milestone before rain forces stumps

Aus v SL, 4th Test, day two, report

Nathan Lyon's drive to 400 wickets will resume on Sunday (17 January) after rain stopped play on day two of the fourth Test, with India trailing Australia's first-innings total of 369 by 307 runs.


India were 62/2 at tea, with Cheteshwar Pujara (8*) and Ajinkya Rahane (2*) the not-out batsmen, but play couldn't restart after the break as torrential rain lashed the Gabba.

Australia had resumed at 274/5 on Saturday, with Marnus Labuschagne's 108 the highlight of day one.

Tim Paine and Cameron Green, on 38 and 28 respectively overnight, took the total to 311 before Paine departed for 50. The skipper was well caught by Rohit Sharma at second slip off the bowling of Shardul Thakur, and Green quickly followed, bowled by debutant Washington Sundar for 47.

The tail provided some handy runs – Lyon added 24 and Mitchell Starc was not out on 20 – but it was a valiant bowling effort by the already-undermanned tourists, who lost seamer Navdeep Saini to a groin strain on day one.

Sundar (3/89), fellow debutant T Natarajan (3/78), and Shardul Thakur (3/94), playing in his second Test, all impressed as India took 95/5 in the morning session to have Australia all out at lunch.

Starc and Josh Hazlewood opened the bowling thereafter, but it was Pat Cummins who got the breakthrough with just his second delivery, Shubman Gill edging one to second slip where Steve Smith took a sharp catch.

Rohit Sharma had looked comfortable on his way to 44 before he became Lyon's 397th Test wicket. Playing in his 100th Test, Lyon coaxed a rash shot from Sharma, who advanced down the wicket only to hole out to Starc, who ran in from long-on to take a good catch. 

With the series tied at 1-1, Lyon looms as a key factor as Australia attempt to claim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a win in Brisbane. India can retain the coveted trophy with a win or a draw.

Play on the third day will start 30 minutes earlier than previously scheduled to make up for lost time.

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