IndvsAus, 2nd Test: Australia overhauls India’s 1st inning score despite fine bowling
Bengaluru: Australia gains the first inning lead of 48 runs despite some spirited bowling by India which allowed the visitors to score just 197 runs off stipulated 90 overs on day 2 of the second cricket Test match being played here.
At the stumps, Australia was 237/6 putting India still in a spot of bother with Mitchell Starc (14) and Mathew Wade (25) at the crease.
Earlier in the day, Indian bowlers bowled a tight line and length against over-cautious Australian batting line up.
India did pick up six crucial wickets on the Day 2 but the poor first inning score is threatening to play a dampener for the hosts which will have to produce some cracking cricket on Monday to remain in the match. Opener Renshaw took his team to safety again scoring a fighting fifty. His innings coupled with a resolute 66 by Shaun Marsh after a crawl of skipper Steve Smith (8 off 52 balls) saw Australia to reach to a rather secured position.
Resuming from overnight score of 40/0, David Warner and Matt Renshaw failed to extend their 52-run partnership as Ashwin bowled out Warner at 33. Jadeja's spin, this time, stopped skipper Smith's charm with the bat as he departed scoring eight runs.
After sharing 52-run partnership with Shaun Marsh, Renshaw was also sent back to the pavillion by Jadeja. Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was yet again a flop as was got out for a duck.
Australia rode on the half-centuries of Matt Renshaw and Shaun Marsh. Renshaw’s 60-run inning was laced with five boundaries and a biggie while Marsh was the leading run-scorer hitting 66 runs with four fours.
Former Indian player Sanjay Manjrekar, in a tweet, called brilliance of Lyon with the ball and Ashwin's failure to get the eruptions off the pitch as the prime difference between both the sides.