Cricket facing glorious uncertainty at Bangalore
It is said that “Cricket is the game of glorious uncertainty ” and that is what is happening right now at Bangalore in India. The second Test match going on between India and Australia is the perfect example of it. The Test has seen momentum switching between both sides.
On the morning of the fourth day on Tuesday, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara continued from where they had left off yesterday and stretched India’s lead unperturbed with Australia eight overs away from the new ball. However, a sudden comeback from the Australian pace attack had India all out for 274, setting Australia a target of 188 to win, with five sessions to play.
The new ball turned around fortunes for the visitors as Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood reduced India from 237 for 4 to 246 for 8 in a matter of minutes. It was Rahane who was the first hunt of day four when a full delivery hits his pad, given not out by umpire. Steve Smith, in a moment of brilliance, decided to review it and the decision was overturned.
Australia had their breakthrough as the stand of 118 was brought to an end and Rahane was dismissed for 52. Starc dislodged Karun Nair’s middle stump off the next delivery. Hazelwood came in from the other end and bowled a beauty with some extra bounce to Pujara, lobbed it straight into the hands of Mitchell Marsh, who made no mistake. He got out of 92 for the first time.
Ravichandran Ashwin too got out in the same over as Hazelwood picked up another five-wicket haul. After that, Umesh Yadav and Wriddhiman Saha added 12 runs for the ninth wicket. Ishant Sharma, however, who came in at No.11 added 16 vital runs before caught out at short cover as India were bowled out.
Saha remained unbeaten on 20, and Hazelwood finished with figures of 6 for 67. Is it achievable? Time will say that, but in reply Australia also lost 6 for 101 runs. It seems that the visitors are ahead of the host but still a long way to go, hope that crowd love it!
Brief scores: India 189 and 274 (Cheteshwar Pujara 92; Josh Hazelwood 6-63) Australia 276 (Shaun Marsh 66; Ravindra Jadeja 66) need 87 runs to win.