Award for Border-Gavaskar: KL Rahul continues to struggle and loses to Nathan Lyon in the Delhi Test for the second time

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KL Rahul continues to struggle and loses to Nathan Lyon

KL Rahul, an Indian batsman, continued his dismal trend by being out cheaply in the fourth innings of the second Test match at New Delhi.

Despite the absence of scoreboard pressure while playing at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, KL Rahul was sent out by off-spinner Nathan Lyon for just one run. Rahul was removed by Lyon for the second time in the current Test match. The right-hander had been caught in front of the wickets during the first innings.

After scoring 61/1 at the end of the first innings, Australia blew it in the second, bundling out for just 113 runs of Day 2. The Australian batting order was destroyed by Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, who were unable to get around the spinners. The squad tried to hit the spinners with sweeps, but they were unsuccessful.

Rahul's recent 8–9 months of play have drawn criticism after the batsman struggled in the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup. KL Rahul defended his T20 World Cup results, but the criticism of his strike rate persisted.

Rahul was caught and bowled by Todd Murphy in the first Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Rahul's position was contested during the pre-game press conference, but batting coach Vikram Rathour defended it.

Rahul's account was inadequate during the second Test, he failed to outplay Nathan Lyon twice.

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