India vs Australia, 2nd Test: Ravichandran Ashwin grabs four wickets to put hosts on brink of victory

AFP, Mar, 07 2017

Bengaluru: Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed four wickets to restrict Australia to 106 for seven post tea on day four as the second Test headed for a thrilling finish in Bangalore.

The visitors started their second innings needing 188 to win but lost skipper Steve Smith for 28 off fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who took two wickets at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

When tea was called Australia needed another 87 to claim victory as the Test hung in the balance.

Ravichandran Ashwin. AFP

Ravichandran Ashwin. AFP

The visitors started briskly, scoring at over four runs an over, but were soon rattled as Ashwin got into his groove, trapping a dangerous-looking David Warner lbw for 17.

Shaun Marsh became Yadav's first lbw victim as he tried to pad away an in-swinging delivery but was given out.

The batsmen decided not to waste Australia's single remaining review, but TV replays suggested the ball would have missed the off stump by quite a distance.

It was Smith's dismissal that brought the home crowd to its feet, however, as Yadav's delivery stayed low to hit the star batsman's lower pad for lbw.

Drama followed after Smith apparently waited for a signal from the dressing room to seek a referral, something he is not allowed to do, and the on-field umpire quickly ushered him away.

India skipper Virat Kohli was angry at Smith's antics and the umpires were required to cool tempers down.

Earlier Australian pace bowler Josh Hazlewood grabbed six wickets to help bowl out India for 274 before lunch to set up an exciting contest between two top sides.

Australia lead the four-match series 1-0.

Published Date: Mar 07, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 07, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115