Nathan Lyon bagged his 14th five-wicket haul in Tests to hand Australia an extremely handy lead of 43 runs, before Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris played out an hostile session of fast bowling from Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma to extend that lead to 76/0, scoring 33 runs in the second session on day three of the 2nd Test at the Optus Stadium, Perth on Sunday.

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Resuming the session on 251/7, India lost their eight wicket to Lyon when Ishant played one back to the bowler. Umesh Yadav hung around for a while with Rishabh Pant as the Delhi batsman tried to up the ante, but was beaten for pace, repeatedly, by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

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However, the duo managed to add 25 runs with Pant taking on Lyon for a huge six and a four before perishing to the off-spinner for 36 off 50 balls. Lyon then wrapped up India s innings at 283 when Bumrah edged one to Usman Khawaja at slips.

In reply, Finch and Harris were in for a hard time as Bumrah and Ishant used the back of length deliveries to extract enough bounce and zip off the pitch. Harris coped one on the helmet and numerous others hij on his bat. Finch struggled to deal with the incoming deliveries, but unfortunately for India, the breakthrough never came.

Harris was squared up early in his innings by Bumrah, but the edge was grassed by Cheteshwar Pujara at first slips. However, the replays suggested that had Pant held his ground and not shuffled across, the wicketkeeper could have had an easy grab at it.

At the stroke of lunch, Finch got one on his fingers from Mohammad Shami and had to retire hurt, thus signalling the close of the session.

Australia 33/0 & 326 lead India 283 by 76 runs