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Nathan Lyon surpasses Shane Warne, achieves this rare feat in Test cricket




Nathan Lyon took three wickets on the first day against India© AFP

The spin duo of Matthew Kuhnmann and Nathan Lyon helped Australia dominate India on the first day of the third Test in Indore. The hosts were bundled out for 109, with Kuhnmann taking five wickets while Lyon took three. Todd Murphy also took a wicket. It was a memorable match for Lyon as apart from bagging three wickets, the spinner also became the highest non-Asian wicket-taker in the continent in the longest format.

Lyon dismissed Jadeja in the 11th over, becoming his 128th wicket on Asian soil, as he went past former Australian spin legend Shane Warne to achieve the rare feat. Apart from Lyon, veteran England fast bowler James Anderson is also in the list of the top five highest non-Asian wicket-takers in Test cricket with a total of 82 sixes to his name.

The top five players in the list are Lyon (128), Shane Warne (127), Daniel Vettori (98), Dale Steyn (92) and Anderson (82).

Speaking of the match, the Indian batsmen’s long-standing struggle against spin was fully exposed before Australia applied themselves to rank turners to take control of the third Test on the opening day of the match in Indore on Wednesday. Did.

Left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnmann (5/16) took his first five-wicket haul as Australia bundled out India for just 109 shortly after lunch on the first day. For India, Virat Kohli scored the highest 22 runs in 52 balls.

Having trailed the series 0-2, Australia looked strong in determination and purpose to end the day at 156 for four with a lead of 47 runs.

Ravindra Jadeja (4/63) took all four wickets for India, including that of stand-in captain Steve Smith (26 off 38) before the end of play.

(With PTI inputs)

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