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Peter Handscomb took a brilliant catch to dismiss Shreyas Iyer cheaply on the second day of the second Test between India and Australia in New Delhi on Saturday. Nathan Lyon was the star for Australia as the spinner took four wickets in the first session and one wicket was that of Iyer. Iyer was tight for room and Nathan Lyon’s delivery flew past the inside edge. Handscomb, who was placed at short leg, could not lift the ball cleanly at first but kept his cool and made sure to complete the catch in his second attempt to hand the hosts a massive blow.

Lokesh Rahul continued to be unwell while Cheteshwar Pujara played a forgettable first innings in his 100th Test as Australia’s premier spinner Nathan Lyon reduced India to 88 for four at lunch.

Only skipper Rohit Sharma (32) looked in good touch as Lyon (11-1-25-4) troubled the top-order time and again.

The pace of the Kotla track was slightly higher as compared to Jamtha and hence Lyon’s deliveries troubled the batsmen at times. Also giving a little more air created doubts in the minds of the batsmen.

Rahul (17), who was saved by two DRS appeals by Australia, was trapped leg-before as Lyon tossed one up from the round wicket and got enough of it to deflect and find his pads.

Rahul’s saga of failures continues and a question will now be asked whether the Indian team management is being unfair by forcing Shubman Gill to cool his heels in the dugout.

Rohit seemed to have picked up from where he had left off in the first Test and was also playing the sweep shot to good effect. However he played in line for a straighter from Lyon and was castrated in the process.

Pujara rarely came out to bat amid so much fanfare and a 20,000-plus Kotla crowd, but his milestone match proved to be a climax of sorts as he failed to trouble the scorers.

In Pujara’s case, it was another flight and it was a half-forward with the orthodox Rajkot man trying to play defensive strokes. The twist was enough for the umpire to raise his screeching finger.

Returning from injury, Shreyas Iyer (4) looked confident in his brief stay at the crease but a stroke of bad luck became his downfall.

He played one leg down the leg-side and Peter Handscomb took a reflex catch that went nine out of 10 times. Handscomb actually fumbled but the ball clipped between his legs just in time to see Iyer’s back.

At the break, Ravindra Jadeja (14 not out), one of India’s best Test batsmen in recent years, was at the crease with Virat Kohli (15 not out).

(With PTI inputs)

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