The second test between India and Australia was a trill. India toppled Australia for a dramatic victory on the fourth day, to level the series. As India surrendered in the first inning exhausting its batting line-up at 189, there were little hope for them in the match. In the inning, Nathan Lyon came out as a devastating bet against India batsmen, who could not reap any strong benefits in the inning. The only batsman that could guard the wicket was Lokesh Rahul, who scored 90 runs. The lower other was a complete slog with six batsmen scalped without any palpable contribution.
Australia followed the inning with a moderate strike. The continuity in their stance was better than that of India and it was certain that the visitors reached a dominating position with their bats. Matt Renshaw scored 60 runs and Shaun Marsh added 66 as the top scorer of the inning. In reply to India’s 189, Australia scored 276 to lead the inning by a massive figure. In the inning, Ravindra Jadeja came out as the primary attacker of India knocking down six wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin had two wickets, while Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, picked a single wicket each.
India started the second inning trailing behind by more than 70 runs. As Australia already posed a near 300 score, it was imperative to India to lead in the inning by substantial runs nearing similar numbers. But after a brief partnership stretch of the openers, the team slid down losing 4 wickets in paltry runs. The inning found a solace only under Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, who hauled the score to a decent figure. However, like the first inning, after the middle order batsmen were contained, Australia took no time to scalp the lower order in a short while. India had to surrender at 274.
Still the lead of a three digit runs seemed inadequate for India, as Australia became more dominant on the target. However, this time Ashwin proffered his magic spell in the inning to scalp six wickets. Australia’s chase did never take off and none of the batsmen could built a partnership. The whole team fell like a deck of cards on the hands of India spinners. The team could bat only for 35.4 overs exhausting all its batsmen without substantial scores. The match ended with the team chasing India’s score to 112, handing away a 75-run victory to the host. Kohli’s squad proved once again that a team which won the last six series it played in a row, just cannot be ignored.
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