Ashwin and Jadeja spin India to victory in 2nd test

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Ashwin and Jadeja spin India to victory in 2nd test

Ravi Ashwin snared six wickets in the second innings after his teammate Ravindra Jadeja accomplished a similar feat in the first innings to beat Australia by 75 runs late on day four in the second test in Bangalore.

The match started with another spinner setting records, Nathan Lyon grabbed an incredible 8/50  in the first innings setting a new best record for a spinner against India he also has three seven-wicket and five, five-wicket hauls the most against India. I think that may complete the records he broke.

Batting first after winning the toss India were bundled out for 189 despite a fantastic 90 from KL Rahul who was at the wicket for 71.1 of the 71.2 overs the innings lasted.

While being witness to the severe carnage his mates were suffering Rahul displayed excellent temperament and solid technique stroking nine boundaries bringing a modicum of respectability to an innings in which only Karun Nair with 26 passed 25.

Australia started batting on day one without losing a wicket, but early on day two with the score on 52, Ashwin got one to turn from outside leg beat Warner’s bat and crash into his off stump.

Skipper Steve Smith became Jadeja’s first victim caught behind, Matt Renshaw continued his great run of form with an excellent 60 containing five fours and one six  but, after adding 52 to the total with Shaun Marsh, he made the mistake of charging the bowler, Jadeja saw him coming and fired it down the legside Wriddhiman Saha did an excellent job to complete the stumping.

This could be looked at as one of the turning points in the match, both batsmen were well set and starting to apply pressure to Indian bowling attack prior to Renshaw’s demise.

Marsh continued to battle on the spin friendly pitch top scoring with a well played 66 scored from 197 balls containing four boundaries, he found a willing accomplice in Matt Wade and together they add 57, before a tiring Marsh lost concentration and hit a back of a length delivery from Umesh Yadav straight to Nair at short midwicket.

Wade scored 40 before he was trapped in front by Jadeja, while Mitchell Starc continued to make valuable contributions with the bat scoring 26 enabling Australia to reach 276 enjoying an 87 run lead.

India’s second innings was definitely an improvement from their first, Rahul was again amongst the runs with a solid 51 including four boundaries. However, Cheteshwar Pujara was the batting hero this time around, his 92 containing seven fours on a rapidly deteriorating pitch was nothing short of an epic performance. The 120 run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane was pivotal, definitely brought India back in contention. The pair defied the odds batting into day four before Rahane was trapped leg before by Starc for a gritty 52

Pujara was dismissed for the first time in his career in the 90s when Hazlewood who was on fire taking 6/67 got one to lift awkwardly take the shoulder of the bat and lob gently to Mitchell Marsh in the gully.

Saha added 20 in an innings where every counted vitally allowing India to raise their total to 274, presenting the visitors with a target of 187 to win on what had become a treacherous batting surface.

In the Australian run chase, Warner tried his best to be his aggressive self even after losing his opening partner Renshaw in the fifth over.

The wicket was becoming more and more unpredictable demonstrated by the fact he only managed to hit one six before Ashwin trapped him leg before with his first ball.

Skipper Steve Smith got a real ground grubber from Yadav that stayed literally inches from the ground and struck his boot plumb in front of middle.

With the score on 74/4, the hosts still had slim hopes for victory. Mitchell Marsh played back to a full-length ball from Ashwin which turned and bounced sharply and thudded into the pads to be snared by Nair at short leg.

This initiated the collapse that put the end to Aussie hopes, six wickets tumbled for 11 runs in less than ten overs.

Ashwin was the main antagonist taking 6/41 his last scalp was his fellow off-spinner Lyon, caught and bowled as he beat him with flight.

With the series now tied 1-1 all eyes are set on the JSCA Stadium Complex in Ranchi where the third test begins next Thursday.  

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