Highlights: India vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 4

The second Test between India and Australia turned out to be one of the most fascinating Tests in recent times where India shot down Australia for 112 runs to grab a 75-run win.

Australia dominated the first day when India were all out at 189 runs. After that Australia scored 276 all out in their first innings and took 87 runs lead. At the end of third day, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara helped India edge ahead but it was Josh Hazlewood’s six-wicket haul that gave Australia a chance to seal the series lead 2-0 but eventually India won the game by 75 runs and leveled the series 1-1. Earlier in the day, the Australians stormed their way back into the game and into a winning position by triggering another staggering Indian collapse. But it was Josh Hazlewood who did most of the damage, taking three wickets to end the innings with career best figures of 6 for 67.

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India were bowled out for 274, leaving the Australians to get 188 to take a 2-0 lead. It was Cheteshwar Pujara who scored highest 92 for his team in 2nd innings. Ajinkya added 52 for his team. India knew they had very little time to strike, and Ishant Sharma gave them that edge by getting Matt Renshaw for a single-digit score for the first time this series. With the pitch getting slower and lower, Ashwin returned. After being hit for a six, he had David Warner out LBW attempting a sweep.

At a stage Australia were 73 for 3, chasing 188, just more than 100 runs away to win. Steve Smith had batted himself to a decent position at 28 off 47 balls but it was Umesh Yadav who did a back-of-a-good-length ball. Smith was back in the crease and was caught in front send himself to the pavilion. In the next 15 overs, the game was over. Mitchell Marsh edged his attempted flick to Nair off Ashwin, while Matthew Wade fall in the same over, smartly caught by Wriddhiman Saha off a bat-pad. Starc was bowled by Ashwin, O’Keefe by Jadeja. Ashwin wrapped it all up. Ashwin ended with 6 for 41 and India leveled the series in style.

Brief scores: India 189 & 274 (Cheteshwar Pujara 92, Ajinkya Rahane 52; Josh Hazlewood 6-67)
Australia 276 & 112 (Steve Smith 28; R Ashwin 6-41) by 75 runs


-Tabibul Islam

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