After ending India’s unbeaten streak of 19 Test matches at Pune in the first Test of the series, Australia seemed favourites to beat India in the second Test too after bowling out India under 200 runs on the first day at Bangalore. However, the eventual result tells a different story. It was imperative for Indian bowlers to restrict Australia under 300 runs in the first innings and with the help of Ravindra Jadeja’s six-for, they achieved achieved that. The hosts were trailing by 87 runs at the start of their second innings. The task was tough for their batsmen to wipe out that deficit and then take a lead on a tricky Bangalore wicket.
KL Rahul who scored 90 in the first innings, continued his form and scored a half-century in the second innings too. Then, the Cheteshwar Pujara-Ajinkya Rahane partnership of 118 runs for the fifth wicket ensured that India had a fighting chance in the fourth innings. The target for Australia was 188 runs, and they began well before collapsing. Ravichandran Ashwin took his 25th five-for in Tests and India leveled the series at 1-1 with two matches still to be played.
Here’s a look at some of the records which were broken and created in the second Test.
Abhinav Mukund was included in this Test in place of India's regular opener Murali Vijay. His last Test before the Bangalore match was in 2011 at Nottingham against England, under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has now retired from Test cricket. By making a comeback after five years and 213 days, he is now at the second place in the list of Indian players who have missed the most consecutive Tests between one appearance and the next.
Nathan Lyon became the first visiting bowler to take eight wickets on the first day of a Test in India. The previous-best record was held by West Indies’ Andy Roberts who took seven wickets on the opening day of a Test in India at Chepauk in 1974-75. Lyon’s figures of 8/50 in the first innings are the best figures by any visiting bowler in India, bettering 8 for 64 by Lance Klusener at Kolkata in 1996.
Lyon’s 8/50 in the first innings of this Test are also the best figures by an Australian bowler against India in Tests, eclipsing 8 for 215 by Jason Krejza at Nagpur in 2008. His figures are also the second best among Australian spinners in Tests.
By picking up eight wickets in the first innings of India, Lyon now holds the record of taking most wickets against India among Australians in Tests. Brett Lee is at the next place with 53 wickets from 12 Tests at an average of 31.98 and a strike-rate of 57.1.
Ashwin went past Bishen Bedi’s 266 wickets in Tests in the second innings and now he is at the fifth place in the list of most wickets by Indians in Tests. Anil Kumble is at the first place in the list with 619 wickets from 132 matches.
Ashwin also achieved another feat by becoming the fastest bowler to take 200 wickets at home in Tests. He completed 200 wickets in India in just 30 Tests. He took 1949 days to take 200 wickets at home which is also a record. The previous record was held by Stuart Broad who took 2798 days to complete 200 wickets at home in Tests.
Lyon took an eight-wicket haul in the first innings but Australia lost the match making his figures of 8/50, the best for any Australian bowler in a losing cause in Tests and the fifth best overall.
India defended the target of 188 runs in the second Test at Bangalore which is now the joint fourth lowest totals defended by them in Tests. The lowest is 107 which they defended against Australia at Mumbai in 2004.
India were bowled out for 189 runs in the first innings and then won the match by 75 runs. This victory margin of 75 runs is the third largest for any team while defending less than 200 runs. The record margin of victory is 147 runs achieved by West Indies who beat England at Port of Spain in 1994 while defending a target of 194 runs.
Ashwin picked up his 25th five-wicket haul in Tests in Australia’s second innings in this Test. He is now the fastest to take 25 five-wicket haul in Tests. He achieved the feat in just 47 Tests. Ashwin is the eleventh bowler overall to take 25 or more five-wicket hauls in Tests.