The fourth Test at Dharamsala is still in the balance, thanks in no small part to a four wicket-haul by an awe-inspiring exhibition of spin bowling on the part of Nathan Lyon.
There must have been something in Lyon’s tea, because after the break, he took 4 – 36 to leave the Indians at 6 – 248 at stumps, 52 runs in arrears of the Australian’s first innings total.
Lyon turned a rather boring affair into something else altogether when he turned the final session into a thriller, taking Cheteshwar Pujara on the sixth ball after tea, and then making Karun Nair look as though it were his first time on a pitch.
Lyon caught Aijnkya Rahane (46) in the slips and trapped Ravi Ashwin in front.
The Indians knocked Australia for over 300 on day one of the fourth Test, and the Aussies took only two wickets in two sessions on Sunday, so Lyon’s appearance and results were a much-needed shot in the arm.
The Indians will resume with Ravindra Jadeja (16) and Wriddhiman Saha (10), who was fortunate to reach stumps unbeaten after being beaten at first slip by the bowling of Pat Cummins in the fourth from last over of the day.
With another good stand and a bit of good batting, the Australians could easily post an emotional Test victory over the loathed Indians.