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Lyon using overspin and bounce as key weapon against Indian batsmen

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon was delighted to have utilised the sharp turn and venomous bounce on offer at the Dharamsala pitch as his four-wicket haul pulled things back for Australia, who reduced India to 248/6 in their first innings on the second day of the fourth and final cricket Test on Saturday.

India were cruising with Lokesh Rahul (60) and Cheteshwar Pujara (57) having taken the hosts to 153/2 with Lyon looking not efficient, among others. But in the post-tea session, Lyon turned out to be the most lethal bowlers, extracting a lot of bounce off the surface that created troubles for the Indian middle-order.


Lyon takes 4 as Australia keep India in check on Day 2 in Dharamsala

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon captured four wickets in the final session to hand Australia an advantage on the second day of the fourth and final cricket Test against India on Sunday.

Lyon returned figures of 4/67 as India reached 248/6 in their first innings at stumps. Ravindra Jadeja was batting on 16 with Widdhriman Saha on 10 at the other end when the umpires decided to call it a day. The hosts now trail Australia's first innings total of 300 by 52 runs.


De Kock marshalls South Africa to competitive total

Quinton de Kock fell just short of another century as the South Africa enjoyed the better of a rain-hit second day against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.

South Africa’s star wicketkeeper, who came into the game with an injury cloud hanging over his head, made a busy 90 (118 balls, 11 fours, 2 sixes) – his ninth career 50 – to shepherd another wagging tail as the tourist made 314 all out.


Matthew Wade: "The cracks are playing a huge role"

Australian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade credited India for dismissing the visitors for 300 in their first innings despite getting off to a strong start on the first day of the fourth and final cricket Test on Saturday.

Electing to bat after winning the toss here, skipper Steven Smith (111) and opener David Warner (56) set the tone for a massive Australian total, before chinaman Kuldeep Yadav triggered a batting collapse to bring India back into the game, with figures of 4/68.


Saqlain Mushtaq joins England Coaching setup as spin bowling consultant

Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq on Saturday revealed that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has hired him as a spin bowling consultant for two years.

"ECB has hired my services for two years and I have to work 100 days a year with them. My main duty will be with the England cricket team but I will also work with young and rising spinners in English cricket," Mushtaq was quoted as saying by Pakistani daily Dawn.


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