India wins second test; Comes back to level series 1-1

Rajat Kain

India has won the second test of the Border Gavaskar trophy defeating Australia by 75 runs. Set a tantalising 188 runs target, the visitors folded at 112 runs. Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowler taking six wickets in the second innings. The series is now levelled at 1-1, with two more test to go. India had lost first test in Pune by a massive 333 runs.

Earlier, Chetashwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane held fort before Aussie quickies – Josh Hazelwood and Mitchell Starc – ran down the Indian lower middle order reviving Australia from a near slipping position.

With little help from the tail, Team India could only add few before getting bundled out for 274 in its second innings, which was even 2 shorter than Australia’s first innings total.

However, India has placed itself in a fighting position courtesy testing innings from Pujara (92) and Rahane (52), who took up the issue resuming the overnight score of 213 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.

Bengaluru : India's Ajinkiya Rahane plays a shot during the third day of the second test match against Australia at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, March 6, 2017.  Photo - PTI

Bengaluru : India’s Ajinkiya Rahane plays a shot during the third day of the second test match against Australia at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, March 6, 2017.
Photo – PTI

It was Rahane’s dismissal by Hazelwood at 246, through a DRS for an LBW call, that turned the tide. The next over saw Starc bouncing out well-set Pujara and castling Nair for a golden duck on his home ground. Ashwin and Yadav too followed soon, giving Hazelwood 6 wickets in the innings.

Earlier, skipper Virat Kohli failed once again as Indian scorecard looked lean and meagre. He was dismissed for 15 from 25 ball in a contentious decision to the stunning silence of the big home supporters at the Chinnaswamy stadium. Kohli had scored 0 and 13 in the two innings of the first Test in Pune and 12 in the first innings of this Test.

India began their second innings on a positive note after Australia cobbled up 87 runs lead with their first innings total. Indian openers did well with Lokesh Rahul hitting a 85-ball 51 with the help of four boundaries while one-down Cheteshwar Pujara showing signs of playing a much-needed big innings.

Hazlewood led the Australian attack, bagging six wickets for 67 runs, followed by co-fast bowler Stac taking two wickets for 74 runs, while spin sensation Steve O’Keefe, who had stunned India claiming 12 wickets in the first test, could claim only three wickets in the match.

Another twirler Nathan Lyon who took 8 wickets in the first innings went wicketless in the second innings conceding 82 runs in 33 overs.

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