Lyon roars as Australia hit back at India


Australia spinner Nathan Lyon took his 14th five-wicket haul in Test cricket to help the hosts hit back on day three of the second Test against India despite Virat Kohli scoring his 25th century in the longest format.

India resumed the day on 172/3, still 204 runs behind Australia’s first total, but lost their last five wickets for just 35 runs to be bowled out for 283 to trail by 43.

The home team then reached stumps on 132/4, a lead of 175, with Usman Khawaja still at crease on 41 although opener Aaron Finch was forced to retire hurt and his participation for the rest of the game in doubt after being hit on the finger.

Television pictures showed Finch getting into a car and being taken to hospital for x-rays after being struck on his right hand by seamer Mohammed Shami with what proved to be the last ball before tea.

The opening batsman had just looked as he was getting set as he made his way to 25 off 30 balls with five boundaries.

Marcus Harris was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah for 20 while Shaun Marsh got a bottom edge off Shami through to keeper Rishabh Pant to walk for just 5.

Peter Handscomb was plumb lbw to Ishant Sharma for 13 while Shami claimed his second scalp when he dismissed Travis Head for 19.

Tim Paine (8 not out) will resume with Khawaja as the Aussies look to build a big enough lead to defend on what is proving to be a tricky pitch in the first ever Test at the new Perth Stadium.

Earlier, Kohli scored the first Test century at the venue as he made his way to 123 but he could not stop the collapse of his team.

The India skipper became the second-fastest player to reach 25 Test centuries in terms of innings, behind only Don Bradman, while he was also joined Sachin Tendulkar as the only Indian batsmen to have scored six Test centuries in Australia.

Lyon returned figures of 5-67 in 34.5 overs while pacemen Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood claimed two wickets each to bring Australia back into the contest as they look to level the four-match series.