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Australia vs India 2018-19: 5 player battles that can decide the Test series

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30 Nov 2018, 10:35 IST

#3 Cheteshwar Pujara vs Nathan Lyon

Lyon is a major threat on Australian pitches
Lyon is a major threat on Australian pitches

While everyone is focusing on the pace battery of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, one bowler the Indian team cannot afford to take lightly is Nathan Lyon.

Nathan Lyon has been mighty successful in the recent past and has emerged as one of the leading spin bowlers in the world. The off spinner does his thing rather innocuously. He uses the angles and bounce to good effect and has proved his effectiveness on Australian pitches as well. 

One Indian batsman who will have to do the task of taming Lyon will be Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara is known for blunting bowling-attacks with his defensive technique and if he is successful in negotiating Lyon, it will be a huge dent in Australia's confidence as Lyon is one their most consistent performers. Also, Pujara is an excellent player of spin bowling thus building up an interesting duo between the two.

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