India vs Australia: India beat Australia by 75 runs; level series 1-1 in Bangalore

India vs Australia: R Ashwin's incredible six-for effort brought India back into the four-match Test series. Hosts beat Australia by 75 runs

Written by Tanuj Lakhina | Updated: March 7, 2017 4:51 pm
india vs australia, ind vs aus, india australia, india australia test series, india beat australia, india australia bangalore test, india bangalore 2nd test, ind vs aus, cricket news, sports news R Ashwin celebrates after picking last Australia wicket on Day 4 of the second India-Australia Test. (Source: Reuters)

The target for Australia near noon was clear. They needed 188 runs to win and a victory would ensure an unassailable 2-0 series lead and retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. On a psychological level, the win would be a massive morale boost after a season that began with a disappointing series loss to South Africa. If you think of it, the target wasn’t a massive one for Australia considering how they’ve applied themselves over the series. But then a rejuvenated India is a different ball game altogether. An India which desperately needs a win to stay in the series and keep the subsequent two Tests worth their money. But numbers say only four visiting teams have ever scored more than 188 runs in the fourth innings to win a Test in India.

An all-round and decisive show comprising all four bowlers – Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja – proved to be Australia’s undoing. But it was Ashwin who stood out amongst all with figures of 6/41. Virat Kohli never allowed Australia to settle down to the pace of one bowler or two with short spells for everyone involved. He also avoided the mistake from the first innings where Jadeja was sparsely used and yet came back with six wickets to his name.

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This series has been defined by India’s collapses in the two Tests. It was 7/11 and 7/30 in Pune and then 6/33 and 6/36 in Bangalore. But then Australia suffered their own – an even worse with six wickets in 11 balls.

As Ashwin plucked a simple caught and bowled of his fellow spinner Nathan Lyon, the curtains were drawn and India had – out of nowhere – come back to win the match by 75 runs.

With pressure on both sides and the importance of this series very well known, things heated up with Steve Smith’s dismissal for 28 and visitor’s concerns continuing to see the scoreboard read 74/4. With the ball by Umesh staying low and umpire raising his finger for a leg-before, Smith asked his teammate Peter Handscomb at the non-striker’s end for advice on whether to take DRS or not. With no real conviction in Handscomb’s reply, Smith looked at the dressing room which irked an already pumped Kohli. Rules of DRS clearly say ‘signals from dressing room must not be given’. This exchange got heated despite the umpire intervention as Kohli called on the officials to have Smith walk back and the Aussie skipper, eventually, did.

Ashwin bagged his first with the important scalp of David Warner (17) adjudged lbw attempting a sweep shot. This leg before was reviewed and caused doubt in the mind of Australian batsmen. It proved costly when five overs later, the visitors were reluctant to review another decision when Shaun Marsh (9) was adjudged lbw by Umesh Yadav. And had they reviewed, it would have been all out.

At Tea, Australia were 101/6 with Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade both falling prey to Ashwin. Marsh was taken by Karun Nair as a close-in fielder and Wade fell to his compatriot Wriddhiman Saha picking up a sharp diving take.

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Earlier, India suffered yet another collpase that saw six wickets fall in 36 runs to undo the heroics by Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. India’s batting was undone by the pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood with the latter taking six wickets. This brought India’s innings to a close at 274 with India taking a 187 run lead.

Hazlewood and Starc made the most of the new ball with the Australian bowlers awarded the luxury of new SG ball for the first time in the series. The collapse began with Rahane’s leg before that was confirmed with a review. From then on, Nair, Pujara, Ashwin, Umesh went back in quick succession. Saha and Ishant put together 16 runs for the final wicket before the seamer was dismissed by Steve O’Keefe. With that, India had added 61 runs from their overnight score and lost six wickets in the period.

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    Jai hind
    Mar 7, 2017 at 11:08 am
    3 cheers for India hip hip hurrayyy !! Hip hip hurray ;!!! Hip hip hurray ..
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      Annu Chopra
      Mar 8, 2017 at 2:40 am
      australian captain is a liar. he admits that he looked to his guys only once. Kohli had complained twice earlier. he refuses to admit that . but it is all there in recorded videos. Yet he shamelessly lies. Australians are bad losers. It is a known fact. SA had called them a pack of dogs. That's what they are.CHEATS.lt;br/gt;Australian captain must be banned for at least 5 tests.
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        T DUTTA
        Mar 7, 2017 at 1:42 pm
        GAUTAM GAMBHIR MAY BE RECALLED SINCE OPENING PARTNERS OF KL RAHUL ARE NOT DOING WELL MOREOVER ONE SPECIALIST LEFT HANDED BATSMAN IS REQUIRED IN THE TEAM
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          T DUTTA
          Mar 7, 2017 at 1:44 pm
          ONE SPECIALIST LEFT HANDED BATSMAN IS REQUIRED--------GAMBHIR OR SURESH RAINA OR YUVRAJ SINGH---YUVRAJ CAN ALSO BOWL LEFT ARM SPIN
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            rajkal
            Mar 7, 2017 at 11:53 am
            This is a game onlylt;br/gt;Let us keep the spirit
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              kohli karma
              Mar 8, 2017 at 1:33 am
              get smith's head for next two matches through banning him
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                Narendra M
                Mar 7, 2017 at 10:10 am
                In my earlier comments posted on IE website I had predicted a bad third day for India and an Australian win. But it turned out to be a good third day and a winning fourth day! Hearty congratulations to Indian team! No Indian fan one was happy India conceded a lead of 87 runs in the first innings. I am indeed happy to say that my prediction has not become a reality. Thanks to good batting in the second innings by three of our top order batsmen (K L Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane) and thanks to excellent bowling particularly by R Ashwin in the second innings we have won the second Test match to level series 1-1.
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                  Neti Naut
                  Mar 7, 2017 at 2:09 pm
                  Go India.. Go Virat... Get that cup !!!
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