Bengaluru, March 7: India registered a comprehensive win over Australia in the second test match played at M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday to level the four-match series by 1-1. Chasing a victory target of 187 runs which was too low, Australian team could manage to put only 112 runs and bowled out on the fourth day of a test match. It was again Indian star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who took 6 wickets and conceded only 41 runs in his 13 overs spell.
Australia given a tricky target on a wearing wicket lost six wickets in the post-lunch session and once speedsters Umesh Yadav took two wickets including key wicket of Steve Smith and Ishant Sharma made early breakthroughs, Ashwin ran through the Australian batting order and by the tea break with visitors down 101 for 6, the fate of the match was decided. Ravindra Jadeja who took six wickets in the first innings took the other wicket. Post tea the visitors lost the remaining four wickets for the addition of just 11 runs.
Earlier, resuming at 213 for 4 in the second innings, India made 274 with Cheteshwara Pujara who scored a match saving 92, top scored and Ajinkya Rahane hit 52. The duo added 128 runs for the fifth wicket that lifted India from the brink.
Australia had made 274 in the first innings in reply to India paltry first innings total of 189. Opener K L Rahul who scored 90 and 51 in the two innings, was the adjudged man-of-the-match. This is the fifth time India is winning after defending a low total of 188 or less and three of them were against Australia.
After losing the first Test the way we did, we wanted to bounce back and not show anyone but ourselves what we are made of," India skipper Virat Kohli said. "They showed the intent and the belief that we can win from any position. It was about taking responsibility. "The way they showed heart and character, along with the crowd, is unbelievable," he added.
Kohli said he had become more confident the closer to 200 India's lead got on the fourth day. "Pujara and Rahane had a champion partnership the two best test batsmen we have got, so much character and technique and heart," Kohli said. "Can't wait for Ranchi we need to push that momentum further. The team is not going to look back now."
IND 189, 274
AUS 276, 112-all out (35.4 Ovs)
India won by 75 runs
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