Australia‘s star performer Nathan Lyon is pleased to have bagged the prized wicket of ‘head of the snake’ Virat Kohli but pointed out that the Indian skipper perished due to his own mistake on the first day of the second Test on Saturday. Off-spinner Lyon, who walked into the record books with career-best figures of 8 for 50 today, said Kohli committed a mistake by not offering a shot to get himself out for just 12 as Australia skittled India out for a paltry 189. “Everybody wants to compete against the best and he (Kohli) is one of the best players in the world. He is obviously the head of the snake if you want to put it in Dale Steyn’s terms. So it’s quite pleasing to take Kohli’s wicket,” Lyon said after first day’s play. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Bengaluru

“To take his [Kohli’s] wicket today was exceptional but we know this series is a massive one and it’s a long series. We expect him to bounce back,” he added. Asked about the manner he dismissed Kohli in the post-lunch session, Lyon said, “I think it was his mistake in the first game and it was the same today. That ball was nothing special. But as I said Virat is a world class player and we expect him to bounce back. We are lucky enough, it paid of today and it was a great day for Australia.” FULL CRICKET UPDATES: India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Bengaluru, Day 1

Asked how he motivated himself against the best players of spin, Lyon said he loved to bowl against the Indians and prove himself that he’s a good bowler. “It’s pretty easy to get yourself up against the best players of spin. I like to challenge myself against the best players and I love to play well against the best players and prove to myself,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)