India suffered a spectacular second innings collapse on the fourth day of the second Test against Australia, going from 238 for 4 to 274 all out in seventy minutes. Josh Hazlewood was Australia's wrecker-in-chief, claiming six wickets for 67 runs. Here's how it all unravelled on the first session of the fourth day:
The collapse started with Ajinkya Rahane's dismissal. Mitchell Starc bowled the ball full on the leg stump. With the ball shaping back a touch, Rahane looked to flick but missed. The Australians rose in unision to appeal for an LBW but the umpire wasn't convinced. Australia decided to review, where replays showed all three reds, meaning Rahane was dismissed for 52 off 134 balls. India were at 238/5 at that stage.
Next up was Karun Nair. The first ball he faced was an absolute cracker — full on off and swinging in. Nair tried to drive on the up, but without moving his feet. He left a huge gap between the bat and pad and got an inside edge onto the stump. India 238/6.
Starc, on a hat-trick, nearly gets it too as he bowls a low inswinging full toss. Wriddhiman Saha somehow gets an inside edge onto the pads and survives.
Hazlewood then got the big wicket of India's set batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara, with a snorter which reared from short of a good length area on the off. Pujara tried to fend it with soft hands but it caught the shoulder of the bat and popped to gully where Mitchell Marsh latched on to a simple chance. Pujara departs for 92 off 221 balls. India 242/7.
The next wicket is Ravichandran Ashwin's. The off-spinner has his off-stump pegged back with an inswinger from Hazlewood. It's a ball which kept low to beat Ashwin. Hazlewood has his fifth. India lose four wickets in 9 balls - 246/8.
Umesh Yadav survives four balls before he suffers a brainfade and looks to go over the top only to mistime it straight to mid off in Hazlewood's next over. It was a ball pitched on length and Umesh tried to go over mid-off but was late on it and it hit high on his bat and spooned to David Warner. India 258/9.
Saha and Ishant Sharma then showed some defiance adding a valuable 17 runs from 9.4 overs. Saha survived as Warner dropped a tough catch at mid-off but Steve O'Keefe finished India's innings off in the 98th over as he had Ishant caught at short extra cover. 274 all out. India's last six wickets fell for 36 runs.
Published Date: Mar 07, 2017 11:49 am | Updated Date: Mar 07, 2017 12:10 pm