4th Test, Day 2: Australia fightback on scrappy day in Delhi

It was a day of several sterling performances, no one outstanding but many players playing key roles in leaving the match poised at a razor's edge. Australia's hero was Lyon, summarily dropped after the first Test but who sent down 22 unchanged overs in his first spell in taking the wickets of Pujara, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar and Ajinkya Rahane.

updated: March 23, 2013 17:41 IST
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New Delhi: Often, the most shambolic pitches end up producing the most fascinating cricket. It was no different at the Feroz Shah Kotla on a gripping Saturday, a powder-puff of a surface making cricket a bit of a lottery but also making for absorbing viewing.

The cricket wasn't necessarily of the highest quality, but there was no shortage of action, drama and tension on Day 2 of the final Test. Once again, the pendulum swung like a yo-yo and by stumps hadn't rested decisively on any one side, keeping both India, who must bat last on this extraordinary pitch that has tested batsmen and umpires alike, and Australia very much interested.

First for the bare facts. Australia kicked on from their overnight 231 for 8, and batted on for a further 41 minutes in the morning while adding 31 vital runs to finish on 262. Peter Siddle completed his maiden Test fifty, R Ashwin picked up a five-for for the ninth time in only his 16th game, and Pragyan Ojha became the joint third-fastest Indian bowler to 100 Test wickets.

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