Ind vs Aus 2nd Test: India win the second test as Australia collapse again

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India defeated Australia in three days for the second time in a row to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as the tourists capitulated in Delhi.

Australia collapsed to 113 all out against India’s elite spinners after resuming on 61-1.

Ravindra Jadeja took a Career best 7-42, while Ravichandran Ashwin took 3-59 to leave India needing only 115 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara scored the winning runs in his 100th Test to seal a six-wicket victory for them.

India currently holds a commanding 2-0 series lead after winning the first Test by an innings and 132 runs. The third match will take place in Indore on March 1. It means that India has won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the fourth time in a row.

Axar Patel and Ashwin helped India come back from 139-7 to record 262, giving them a one-innings lead, before the tourists batted brilliantly and lost just one wicket by the end of the day.

But, Australia’s plans to build a sizable lead on a challenging, turning pitch quickly fell apart.

Travis Head nicked Ashwin behind after adding four to his overnight 39, while Steve Smith was lbw to the off-spinner, one of several Australian batters dismissed despite the low bounce while attempting sweeps or reverse-sweeps.

At one point, the visitors went from 95-3 to 95-7 after losing four wickets for 0 runs in 11 balls.

Jadeja’s low delivery bowled Marnus Labuschagne, and Matt Renshaw missed the catch.

At one point, the visitors went from 95-3 to 95-7 after losing four wickets for 0 runs in 11 balls.

Jadeja bowled Marnus Labuschagne with a ball that bounced very little. Matt Renshaw missed a wide swipe and was pinned leg before wicket by Ashwin, and Jadeja dismissed Peter Handscomb and Pat Cummins in quick succession. Handscomb nicked a good delivery to slip, but Australia skipper Cummins’ dismissal, bowled first ball and hoisting an unsightly slog-sweep, highlighted the team’s technical weaknesses. The final three wickets were taken by Jadeja, ensuring Australia’s humiliation.

In their pursuit, India stumbled sliding to 6-1 when KL Rahul’s flick looped off Handscomb at short leg and was caught by wicketkeeper Alex Carey, then to 39-2 when captain Rohit Sharma was run out after a mix-up with Pujara.

But, Pujara’s careful 31 unbeaten runs and keeper KS Bharat’s quick unbeaten 23 off 22 balls served as the innings’ pillars. Australia must draw one of the final two Tests to guarantee a spot in the World Test Championship final, which will be played at The Oval in June.

India is second in the standings and will advance if they win this series 3-1 or better.

Man of the Match: Ravindra Jadeja

Jadeja took 7-42 in the second test
Jadeja took 7-42 in the second test

“I think I was enjoying my bowling. These wickets suit me because the odd ball spins and some stay low. I knew they’d play sweeps and reverse sweeps, so my idea was just keeping it simple and straight. I knew they were looking for runs, so the plan was just bowling into the stumps. If they make a mistake, I have a chance. Don’t think the sweep is a good option against me on this kind of wicket.”

Pat Cummins: “This one hurts”

“This one is particularly disappointing, having been ahead of the game for a lot of it. Those opportunities don’t come often in India, so you’ve got to grab them. This one hurts a bit.” said Cummins.

Rohit Sharma: “Fantastic result for us”

“Fantastic result for us. Looking at how things were yesterday, the way we came back and finished our job was great. Even if we were just one run behind, I felt we were trailing because we had to bat last. I think the bowlers were fantastic, to take 9 wickets today morning is commendable. And then we finished the job with the bat. On a pitch like this, people need to do something different.”

“Every game you play in this type of weather, there is some moisture. What I noticed is there is a lot to offer in the first session, but as it goes on it gets slower and there isn’t enough bite. So our focus was keeping it tight in the morning. There are lot of moments across four innings, but I thought the partnership between Jadeja and Virat, and then Axar-Ash was brilliant.”

Full Scorecard: Ind vs Aus

Australia 1st Innings 

BATTING RBM4s6sSR
David Warner c †Bharat b Mohammed Shami1544753034.09
Usman Khawaja c Rahul b Jadeja8112520112164.80
Marnus Labuschagne lbw b Ashwin1825344072.00
Steven Smith c †Bharat b Ashwin023000.00
Travis Head c Rahul b Mohammed Shami1230361140.00
Peter Handscomb not out721421969050.70
Alex Carey †c Kohli b Ashwin056000.00
Pat Cummins (c)lbw b Jadeja3359833255.93
Todd Murphy b Jadeja044000.00
Nathan Lyon b Mohammed Shami1026272038.46
Matthew Kuhnemann b Mohammed Shami612230050.00
Extras(b 13, lb 1, nb 2)16
TOTAL78.4 Ov (RR: 3.34)263
Did not bat: Matt Renshaw 
Fall of wickets: 1-50 (David Warner, 15.2 ov), 2-91 (Marnus Labuschagne, 22.4 ov), 3-91 (Steven Smith, 22.6 ov), 4-108 (Travis Head, 31.2 ov), 5-167 (Usman Khawaja, 45.5 ov), 6-168 (Alex Carey, 46.6 ov), 7-227 (Pat Cummins, 67.2 ov), 8-227 (Todd Murphy, 67.6 ov), 9-246 (Nathan Lyon, 74.2 ov), 10-263 (Matthew Kuhnemann, 78.4 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECONWDNB
Mohammed Shami14.446044.0901
Mohammed Siraj1023003.0000
Ravichandran Ashwin2145732.7100
Ravindra Jadeja2126833.2301
Axar Patel1223402.8300

India 1st Innings 

BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Rohit Sharma (c)b Lyon3269952046.37
KL Rahul lbw b Lyon1741830141.46
Cheteshwar Pujara lbw b Lyon0719000.00
Virat Kohli lbw b Kuhnemann44841274052.38
Shreyas Iyer c Handscomb b Lyon415240026.66
Ravindra Jadeja lbw b Murphy2674824035.13
Srikar Bharat †c Smith b Lyon612251050.00
Axar Patel c Cummins b Murphy741151409364.34
Ravichandran Ashwin c Renshaw b Cummins37711285052.11
Mohammed Shami b Kuhnemann29170022.22
Mohammed Siraj not out1480025.00
Extras(b 8, lb 11)19
TOTAL83.3 Ov (RR: 3.13)262
Fall of wickets: 1-46 (KL Rahul, 17.1 ov), 2-53 (Rohit Sharma, 19.2 ov), 3-54 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 19.4 ov), 4-66 (Shreyas Iyer, 25.2 ov), 5-125 (Ravindra Jadeja, 46.5 ov), 6-135 (Virat Kohli, 49.3 ov), 7-139 (Srikar Bharat, 50.5 ov), 8-253 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 80.2 ov), 9-259 (Axar Patel, 81.6 ov), 10-262 (Mohammed Shami, 83.3 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECONWDNB
Pat Cummins1324113.1500
Matthew Kuhnemann21.347223.3400
Nathan Lyon2956752.3100
Todd Murphy1825322.9400
Travis Head201005.0000

Australia 2nd Innings 

BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Usman Khawaja c Iyer b Jadeja613201046.15
Travis Head c †Bharat b Ashwin4346476193.47
Marnus Labuschagne b Jadeja3550685070.00
Steven Smith lbw b Ashwin919281047.36
Matt Renshaw lbw b Ashwin28220025.00
Peter Handscomb c Kohli b Jadeja0312000.00
Alex Carey †b Jadeja710231070.00
Pat Cummins (c)b Jadeja015000.00
Nathan Lyon b Jadeja821271038.09
Todd Murphy not out314150021.42
Matthew Kuhnemann b Jadeja027000.00
Extras0
TOTAL31.1 Ov (RR: 3.62)113
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Usman Khawaja, 5.5 ov), 2-65 (Travis Head, 12.6 ov), 3-85 (Steven Smith, 18.6 ov), 4-95 (Marnus Labuschagne, 21.4 ov), 5-95 (Matt Renshaw, 22.6 ov), 6-95 (Peter Handscomb, 23.1 ov), 7-95 (Pat Cummins, 23.2 ov), 8-110 (Alex Carey, 27.1 ov), 9-113 (Nathan Lyon, 29.5 ov), 10-113 (Matthew Kuhnemann, 31.1 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECONWDNB
Ravichandran Ashwin1635933.6800
Mohammed Shami201005.0000
Ravindra Jadeja12.114273.4500
Axar Patel10202.0000

India 2nd Innings (T: 115 runs)

BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Rohit Sharma (c)run out (Handscomb/†Carey)31203132155.00
KL Rahul c †Carey b Lyon1360033.33
Cheteshwar Pujara not out31741104041.89
Virat Kohli st †Carey b Murphy2031473064.51
Shreyas Iyer c Murphy b Lyon12101511120.00
Srikar Bharat †not out23222231104.54
Extras0
TOTAL26.4 Ov (RR: 4.42)118/4
Did not bat: Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami 
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (KL Rahul, 1.1 ov), 2-39 (Rohit Sharma, 6.5 ov), 3-69 (Virat Kohli, 18.2 ov), 4-88 (Shreyas Iyer, 21.4 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECONWDNB
Matthew Kuhnemann703805.4200
Nathan Lyon1234924.0800
Todd Murphy6.422213.3000
Travis Head10909.0000

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