It was a tale of two collapses at Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy Stadium as India won the second Test against Australia by 75 runs to level the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 1-1. Sixteen wickets fell on Tuesday with both India and Australia imploding at Bengaluru. After India's collapse, Australia lost six wickets for 11 runs to crumble to 112 all out.
Chasing 188 to win, openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw started off in a scratchy yet brisk fashion as they reached 22 by the fifth over. But Ishant bowled a beauty to have Renshaw caught behind. Smith and Warner tried to rebuild with a 20-run stand and just when it seemed they were on track to steady the visitors, Ravichandran Ashwin struck to trap Warner LBW as he missed a sweep. Warner opted for a review but replays showed it was umpire's call and the on-field decision stood. Another small partnership of 25 runs ensued, between Smith and Shaun Marsh.
Kohli brought Umesh back in the 15th over and he straightaway provided the breakthrough as he trapped Shaun Marsh leg before. Marsh shouldered his arms to one jagging back in but after consulting with Smith, decide not to opt for the review. Replays showed it would have missed the off stump. Kohli's go-to man in crunch situations — Umesh Yadav provided the most crucial breakthrough of the day as he trapped Smith right in front off one that kept low. Australia 74/4.
Mitchell Marsh and Peter Handscomb survived some anxious moments but then got into some sort of groove accelerating the scoring with five fours in three overs. Just when it looked like Australia would develop the most crucial partnership of the innings, the hero of the day — Ashwin struck as he had Marsh caught at short leg. The ball spun back in sharply and jumped off the surface. Marsh was looking to tuck the ball away but ended up gloving it onto the thigh pad to short leg. Australia 101/5.
Ashwin struck again in the next over. It's Wade this time, on the brink of tea. The ball did not turn much and Wade, who played for the turn got an inside edge onto the pads. The ball popped up in the air. An alert Saha rushed to his right, dived full length to grab a brilliant catch. Australia 101/6.
Ashwin continued the momentum after tea to send back Mitchell Starc. The Australia left-arm pacer tried to defend by leaning forward but again, the ball did not turn much and went through his bad and pad, hit his under arm before disturbing the stumps. Australia 103/7, Ashwin has three.
Handscomb and O'Keefe tried to build some sort of a partnership but Kohli's bowling change worked wonders again. He brought back Jadeja, who promptly cleaned up O'Keefe with a grubber. It was a straighter one that hit the cracks and stayed absolutely low. O'Keefe missed and found his stump rattled. Australia 110/8.
With no option left but to go for it, Handscomb chargeed down the track and went for a wild swing. It's a nicely tossed off-spinner outside off, and Handscomb was done in by the flight as he can't get to the pitch of it and gets a top edge. Saha settleed under it and gobbled it up easily asHandscomb's 65-ball resistance ends. Ashwin has his five-for. Australia 110/9.
Ashwin induced an outside edge off Nathan Lyon but it flew wide of the first slip fielder. But it's all over off the next ball as Lyon gifted a simple return catch to Ashwin off a nicely flighted delivery to help India get back to winning ways. Australia 112 all out. Ashwin 6/41. India win by 75 runs to draw level 1-1.
Earlier, Indian batsmen too had fallen like nine pins. Virat Kohli's men suffered a spectacular second innings collapse, going from 238 for 4 to 274 all out in seventy minutes. Hazlewood was Australia's wrecker-in-chief, claiming six wickets for 67 runs. Here's how Australia unravelled on the first session of the fourth day:
Published Date: Mar 07, 2017 03:54 pm | Updated Date: Mar 07, 2017 05:59 pm