2nd Test: India beat Australia by 75 runs to Level Series 1-1

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2nd Test: India beat Australia by 75 runs to Level Series 1-1

 

India comeplete a 75-run win against Australia in the second Test in Bangalore to level the four match series 1-1. Chasing a target of 187 in the fourth innings, Australia were bowled out for 112 runs with Ashwin taking 6 wickets for 41 runs. Earlier, Pujara scored 92 and Rahane scored 51 to help India post a competitive total.

Then again, in a match that had more twists and turns than a roller coaster, to pick out one player for the victory will be just unfair. India were behind the eight-ball after they were shot down for 189 on day one and after Australia batsmen had applied themselves well on a testing pitch to take a vital lead, Ravindra Jadeja (6/63) found his mark and restricted the lead to just 87. Then Cheteshwar Pujara (92) and Ajinkya Rahane’s (52) valiant, might as well add a match-turning, 118-run stand for the fifth wicket edged India ahead. Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav stepped up with a probing spell on the day four that put Australia under pressure. And the importance of KL Rahul’s twin fifties (90 & 51), on a track everyone else struggled, cannot be undermined as well.

On paper a target of 188 would have been an easy one but with the way the Chinnaswamy track was behaving, and helped by the 16-run partnership that Wriddhiman Saha and Ishant shared for the last wicket after Mtichell Starc and Josh Hazlewood orchestrated a carnage with the new ball in the first session, India seemed to have the better chance at winning the match. India bowled with venom and with the pitch offering all sort of assistance; they scalped six Australian wickets including that of the captain Steve Smith by tea. Australia resisted for a while in the final session but could only prolong the inevitable as they were bowled out for 112 in the second innings.

Brief Scores : India 189 & 274 beat Australia 276 & 112/ (Smith 28; Ashwin 6/41) by 75 runs

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