Johannesburg - Nathan Lyon took 5-94, but India managed to
eke out a four-run lead by stumps, ending the second day of the fourth Test
against Australia in Delhi on Saturday on 266 for eight.
According to the supersport.com website, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had 10 at the end, having
lost partner Ravichandran Ashwin to Lyon on the final ball before stumps, caught
on the crease for 12.
Lyon bowled unchanged for 21 overs,
building pressure, with the quicks alternating from the other end, never
The hosts failed to build on the excellent
start from their openers, and, given that they have to bat last on this track,
they will need their last two wickets to build a substantial lead.
Resuming the day on 231 for eight,
Australia were dismissed for 262 within the first hour of play, but not before
Peter Siddle brought up his maiden test fifty three deliveries into the day.
Four overs later, however, Siddle defended
to one that didn't turn as much as he expected, losing his off-stump for 51
and giving Ashwin the ninth five-wicket haul of his short career of 16 tests.
Siddle withstood the Indian bowlers for 136
deliveries and found the boundary four times.
Pragyan Ojha put an end to Australia's
resistance with his first wicket of the innings, as James Pattinson edged the
arm ball to Virat Kohli in the slips, becoming Ojha's 100th Test victim in his
Only two other Indian bowlers have been
quicker to 100 test scalps, Erapalli Prasanna and Anil Kumble.
With his 5-57, Ashwin has completed four
five-wicket hauls in this series, equalling the India record of Subhash Gupte
(1955/56), Bhagwath Chandrasekhar (1972/73) & Harbhajan Singh (2000/01).
India batted bravely during an intense
afternoon session, reaching tea on 135 for two.
Openers Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay
batted superbly on an ailing track, adding 108 runs for the first wicket,
before Lyon struck, removing Pujara (52) and Virat Kohli (one) within the space
of six runs.
Shortly after tea, Murali Vijay (57) was
sent back as a ball from Peter Siddle exploded off a crack - he tried to fend
it off but gloved an easy catch to Matthew Wade behind the stumps.
Ajinkya Rahane did not last long, working
Lyon around the corner into the hands of Steve Smith at backward short leg.
Sachin Tendulkar survived a massive appeal
when he had just one run to his name. A Lyon delivery pitched in line and hit
Tendulkar in front of middle stump, replays suggesting that umpire Richard
Kettleborough was more than generous to the Little Master.
Lyon got his man in the end, when he rapped
Tendulkar on the back foot inside the crease - a delivery very similar to the
one that was turned down earlier - for 32.
Ravindra Jadeja (43) was on the receiving
end of another poor umpiring decision, given out leg before while padding up to
Glenn Maxwell's second delivery, but the ball would probably have missed
another set of stumps.