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Poll: How does Australia’s chase play out?

Brettig: How Lyon roared loudest on Bunsen burner

And while we’ve got a moment before play starts, here’s how we got here – via Daniel Brettig.

As a leading man, Nathan Lyon has not always inspired confidence. A great character actor in bowling attacks in Australia, it took him time and great effort to be able to step into the role of match-winner in south Asian climes. Somehow, Steve Buscemi had to become Chris Hemsworth.

Over the first 11 Tests in this part of the world when Lyon was handed the ball in the third and fourth innings of a game, he was more liability than threat, costing 52.84 runs per wicket and being milked for nearly four runs an over.

All that changed on the 2017 tour of India, when Lyon graduated from bit-part player to greater comfort with a central role.

His sublime 8-64 against India on an Indore dustbowl, bowling all the while in a situation where a bad half an hour could put Australia in a position where a shaky batting order was chasing 150, was arguably Lyon’s finest hour.

“It’s been an interesting one,” Lyon said after play. “I think at the start of my career I probably felt more the weight of trying to win games in the last couple of innings.

“But it was actually my dad who sat me down and said ‘there’s three or four other bowlers who you’re able to bowl with in partnerships and if you do your role then some days you’re going to have success and some days your mates are going to have success, and that’s more important that your able to identify that’.

“When it’s your time, grab it and run with both hands. So, it was my dad who just simplified it for me and made sure I wasn’t overcomplicating things and putting too much pressure on myself. They can be high-pressure environments, and if we can stay nice and calm and collected, enjoy the battle, enjoy the contest and hopefully some days you’ll have success.“

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Poll: How does Australia’s chase play out?

Welcome to a thrilling finale

Afternoon sports fans,

It’ll be short, and sweet, sour or a bit of both today from Indore as Australia chase a tricky 76 runs in the fourth and final innings.

India would love another 50 or so runs on that total to make it extra interesting on a radioactive day three pitch.

If the total was up over 100, you’d back India to roll through this rickety batting line-up- as it stands the visitors should get there. But there’s no certainties in this game.

Daniel Brettig is our man on the ground once more and I’ll be here for every ball – first is due at 3pm AEDT.

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