New Delhi: Australia was the happier team at the end of the fourth day at the Adelaide Test as they took the advantage over India by getting a big lead of 363 runs. Two players who contributed largely to Australia's fortunes were David Warner and off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
Warner who terrified the ordinary Indian bowling in the first innings with a sublime 145-run knock, was again in the mix of things after scoring a second successive century to lead Australia's charge. The left-hander, who also completed 1000 Test runs in the calendar year on Friday, has made the most of his ominous form of late after striking scores of more than 50 in his nine out of last eleven innings.
The left-hander caressed the Indian bowling all over the field before finally mistiming a reverse sweep off Karn Sharma. He did the job by then and handed Aussies the much-needed space. Warner was lucky as he was bowled off a no-ball by Varun Aaron and then was dropped by Murali Vijay.
Meanwhile, former cricketing legends Tom Moody, Glenn McGrath, Michael Vaughan and David Lloyd applauded David Warner for his brilliant innings through social micro-blogging site Twitter.
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) December 12, 2014
— Glenn McGrath (@glennmcgrath11) December 12, 2014
Cracking game developing in Adelaide ...outstanding batting from D Warner and bowling from N Lyon
— David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) December 12, 2014
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 12, 2014
Nathan Lyon too was in the thick of things and picked up three crucial Indian wickets in the morning session. The off-spinner finished his spell on a high after getting a five-wicket haul.
Lyon's brilliance emphasized India's recent struggles against spin bowling in overseas conditions. India struggled against Moeen Ali in England where the visitors were trounced 1-3 in the five-match Test series. Ali, who isn't a front-line spinner, finished with 19 wickets in that series and it seems Lyon too might end up having a great series.
Where India's debutant spinner Karn Sharma struggled and leaked a lot of runs, Lyon has looked emphatic in using the conditions well and getting the wickets of some premier Indian batsmen.