India gave a befitting reply to their embarrassing defeat in the 1st Test against Australia by beating them by 75 runs in the second match. India have leveled the series 1-1 with the next match to played from the 16th of March in Ranchi.
Virat Kohli won the all-important toss and decided to bat first, a decision which didn’t turn out well for India. The hosts struggled to build partnerships with only five batsmen reaching double figures.
Abhinav Mukund was out on a duck in his comeback game whereas after a 50-run partnership with Rahul, Pujara was picked up by Lyon. This started for yet another collapse for team India as Kohli, Nair and Rahane were out cheaply.
Nathan Lyon was the destroyer for Australia as he got a lot of bounce and spin on Day 1 which was a huge surprise. India had no answers for his brilliant bowling as the off-spinner picked up 6-wickets in the innings.
India’s lower order and middle order didn’t put much of a fight as India got bundled out for a meagre 189. KL Rahul was the only man to stand tall for the hosts as he made an impressive 90.
With Australia once again in the front seat, India were desperate to pick up quick wickets but the visitors started off well with a 50-run opening partnership. Ashwin made the break through by spinning Warner into his web.
Matt Renshaw impressed yet again and build up an important partnership with Shaun Marsh. Jadeja’s brilliant line and length helped India made a comeback in the match but Australia kept getting the runs on the board.
Half-centuries by Renshaw and Shaun Marsh were followed by a crucial 40 by Matthew Wade which took Australia ahead of India’s first innings total. He was supported by Mitchell Starc who made an important 26.
Australia were wrapped by India on 276, which gave the visitors a healthy lead of 87 runs. Jadeja picked up 6 wickets and was the most effective bowler of the innings.
In the second innings, India made a solid start but right after the end of 10 overs Mukund was cleaned up by Hazlewood. As the Australians picked up wickets regularly, India were in a spot of bother as they landed up being 120/4 with a lead of just 33 runs and 6 wickets in hand.
Going forward, the hosts had some luck going their way as Pujara was dropped early on in the innings by the opposition skipper Steve Smith. Rahane was also dropped on 3, which turned out to hurt the visitors as well.
Their 100-run partnership, which was the first century-stand of the series, proved to be the difference between the two sides eventually. Playing in the one of the most difficult sessions of the match, the duo managed to not lose their wicket in the 3rd session of Day 3 which took India to a comfortable spot.
Come Day 4, Pujara and Rahane started to consolidate but the new ball blew India away. Yet again India lost wicket in clumps as they slumped to 274 all out from 238/4. The collapse was brought about by some brilliant seam and swing bowling by Starc and Hazlewood.
With 189 the target for Australia, the match was set up perfectly. The visitors had a great start to their chase going in at about 5-runs per over. Ishant Sharma made the first break through by picking up Matt Renshaw which brought the danger man Smith to the crease.
Warner got out to the bowling of Ashwin for the ninth time in his career. Marsh and Smith followed suit soon as Umesh Yadav bowled an inspiring spell of reverse swing bowling.
After Australia’s main batsmen were out it was just a matter of time for the others to follow suit. R Ashwin ripped through their batting line up and picked up his 25th 5-wicket haul in the process.
Australia were cleaned up on 112, as India won by a massive margin of 75 runs considering they seemed down and out in the first half of the match.
|India 1st innings||R||B||4s||6s||SR|
|KL Rahul||c Renshaw b Lyon||90||205||9||0||43.9|
|A Mukund||lbw b Starc||0||8||0||0||0|
|CA Pujara||c Handscomb b Lyon||17||66||1||0||25.75|
|V Kohli*||lbw b Lyon||12||17||2||0||70.58|
|AM Rahane||st Wade b Lyon||17||42||2||0||40.47|
|KK Nair||st Wade b O’Keefe||26||39||3||0||66.66|
|R Ashwin||c Warner b Lyon||7||14||1||0||50|
|WP Saha†||c Smith b Lyon||1||14||0||0||7.14|
|RA Jadeja||c Smith b Lyon||3||16||0||0||18.75|
|UT Yadav||not out||0||6||0||0||0|
|I Sharma||c Handscomb b Lyon||0||1||0||0||0|
|Extras||(b 12, lb 4)||16|
|Total||(all out; 71.2 overs)||189||(2.64 runs per over)|
Fall Of Wickets:
1-11 (Mukund, 2.5 overs), 2-72 (Pujara, 27.5 overs), 3-88 (Kohli, 33.5 overs), 4-118 (Rahane, 47.3 overs), 5-156 (Nair, 57.2 overs), 6-174 (Ashwin, 61.5 overs), 7-178 (Saha, 65.3 overs), 8-188 (Jadeja, 69.2 overs), 9-189 (Rahul, 71.1 overs), 10-189 (Sharma, 71.2 overs)
|Australia 1st innings||R||B||4s||6s||SR|
|DA Warner||b Ashwin||33||67||3||0||49.25|
|MT Renshaw||st Saha b Jadeja||60||196||5||1||30.61|
|SPD Smith*||c †Saha b Jadeja||8||52||0||0||15.38|
|SE Marsh||c Nair b Yadav||66||197||4||0||33.5|
|PSP Handscomb||c Ashwin b Jadeja||16||30||2||0||53.33|
|MR Marsh||lbw b Sharma||0||11||0||0||0|
|MS Wade†||lbw b Jadeja||40||113||4||0||35.39|
|MA Starc||c Jadeja b Ashwin||26||52||2||0||50|
|SNJ O’Keefe||not out||4||12||0||0||33.33|
|NM Lyon||lbw b Jadeja||0||1||0||0||0|
|JR Hazlewood||c Rahul b Jadeja||1||9||0||0||11.11|
|Extras||(b 14, lb 3, nb 5)||22|
|Total||(all out; 122.4 overs)||276||(2.25 runs per over)|
Fall Of Wickets:
1-52 (Warner, 21.1 overs), 2-82 (Smith, 41.2 overs), 3-134 (Renshaw, 66.3 overs), 4-160 (Handscomb, 76.4 overs), 5-163 (MR Marsh, 79.6 overs), 6-220 (SE Marsh, 100.2 overs), 7-269 (Starc, 117.6 overs), 8-274 (Wade, 120.1 overs), 9-274 (Lyon, 120.2 overs), 10-276 (Hazlewood, 122.4 overs)
|India 2nd innings||R||B||4s||6s||SR|
|KL Rahul||c Smith b O’Keefe||51||85||4||0||60|
|A Mukund||b Hazlewood||16||32||1||1||50|
|CA Pujara||c MR Marsh b Hazlewood||92||221||7||0||41.62|
|V Kohli*||lbw b Hazlewood||15||25||1||0||60|
|RA Jadeja||b Hazlewood||2||12||0||0||16.66|
|AM Rahane||lbw b Starc||52||134||4||0||38.8|
|KK Nair||b Starc||0||1||0||0||0|
|WP Saha†||not out||20||37||2||1||54.05|
|R Ashwin||b Hazlewood||4||3||1||0||133.33|
|UT Yadav||c Warner b Hazlewood||1||5||0||0||20|
|I Sharma||c SE Marsh b O’Keefe||6||28||1||0||21.42|
|Extras||(b 11, w 4)||15|
|Total||(all out; 97.1 overs)||274||(2.81 runs per over)|
Fall of Wickets:
1-39 (Mukund, 10.4 overs), 2-84 (Rahul, 24.2 overs), 3-112 (Kohli, 34.2 overs), 4-120 (Jadeja, 38.1 overs), 5-238 (Rahane, 84.3 overs), 6-238 (Nair, 84.4 overs), 7-242 (Pujara, 85.2 overs), 8-246 (Ashwin, 85.5 overs), 9-258 (Yadav, 87.3 overs), 10-274 (Sharma, 97.1 overs)
|Australia 2nd innings (target: 188 runs)||R||B||4s||6s||SR|
|DA Warner||lbw b Ashwin||17||25||0||1||68|
|MT Renshaw||c Saha b Sharma||5||12||1||0||41.66|
|SPD Smith*||lbw b Yadav||28||48||3||0||58.33|
|SE Marsh||lbw b Yadav||9||19||1||0||47.36|
|PSP Handscomb||c Saha b Ashwin||24||67||2||0||35.82|
|MR Marsh||c Nair b Ashwin||13||16||3||0||81.25|
|MS Wade†||c Saha b Ashwin||0||5||0||0||0|
|MA Starc||b Ashwin||1||6||0||0||16.66|
|SNJ O’Keefe||b Jadeja||2||10||0||0||20|
|NM Lyon||c & b Ashwin||2||6||0||0||33.33|
|JR Hazlewood||not out||0||0||0||0||–|
|Extras||(b 8, lb 2, w 1)||11|
|Total||(all out; 35.4 overs)||112||(3.14 runs per over)|
Fall Of Wickets:
1-22 (Renshaw, 4.3 overs), 2-42 (Warner, 9.1 overs), 3-67 (SE Marsh, 14.6 overs), 4-74 (Smith, 20.3 overs), 5-101 (MR Marsh, 25.6 overs), 6-101 (Wade, 27.5 overs), 7-103 (Starc, 29.4 overs), 8-110 (O’Keefe, 34.2 overs), 9-110 (Handscomb, 35.2 overs), 10-112 (Lyon, 35.4 overs)
Man Of The Match: KL Rahul