Peter Handscomb produced a sensational catch on the second day of the second Test match between Australia and India in New Delhi on Saturday, removing Shreyas Iyer swiftly and affordably. Nathan Lyon, a spinner, was the star for Australia, taking four wickets in the first session, including Iyer’s. Nathan Lyon’s delivery rocketed out from the inner edge, giving Iyer little room. Handscomb first struggled to properly collect the ball due to his location at short leg, but he kept calm and made sure to complete the catch on his second attempt to deal a serious blow to the hosts.
As Nathan Lyon, the finest spinner in the world, reduced India to 88 for four at lunch, KL Rahul’s difficult patch remained and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 100th Test first innings effort was forgettable.
Only the 32-year-old skipper, Rohit Sharma, seemed to be in great shape as the top order was frequently disturbed by a vintage Lyon (11-1-25-4).
Since the Kotla track had a little bit more speed off the track than the Jamtha track, Lyon’s deliveries occasionally rushed the batters. Additionally, the uncertainty of the batters was a result of the extra air.
When Lyon launched one from outside the wicket and managed to get it to swerve sufficiently and fall on his pads, Rahul (17), who had defied Australia’s two DRS appeals, was caught leg-before.
Shubman Gill’s forced confinement to the dugout, which served to further the narrative of Rahul’s shortcomings, has drawn criticism from the Indian team’s management.
In addition to continuing where he left off in the first Test, Rohit used the sweep shot effectively. However, he played to a straighter Lyon line above the line, and as a consequence, he was castled.
The 20,000+ Kotla crowd was shouting Pujara’s name as he took the field, which was unusual for him to do. However, his milestone game was somewhat of a letdown because he did not interfere with the scorers, which was disappointing.