IndvsAus, 2nd Test: Ashwin knocks down Australia in a heroic win
Bengaluru: Producing a real champion stuff, India plucked off an improbable win beating Australia by 75 runs in the second of the four-match Test series at M Chinnaswamy stadium here on Tuesday. The series is now levelled at 1-1.
Indian spinning duo of R Ashwin and Jadeja did not let go waste the combined efforts of two of the finest Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.
Requiring 188 runs to win the match, Australia was bundled out for 112. Ashwin was the wrecker-in-chief claiming 6/41 in the second inning. Both Ashwin and Jadeja shared 15 wickets in the match.
Resuming India's score of 213/4, Ajinkya Rahane (52) was the first to depart adding 12 more runs to his overnight total. After sending Rahane back to the pavilion, Australia pace sensation Mitchell Starc wasted no time as he bowled out Karun Nair on the very next delivery. Following the same, India faced successive breakthroughs in form of Ravichandran Ashwin (4), Umesh Yadav (1) and Ishant Sharma (6). Wriddhiman Saha (20) remained unbeaten.
After facing Jadeja's thunder in the first inning, this time Australia was clueless to Ashwin. The proceedings were, however, began by Ishant Sharma who picked the crucial wicket of in-form Matt Renshaw. The dangerous Steve Smith was given leg before wicket to Umesh Yadav, who also sent back Shaun Marsh to the pavilion.
KL Rahul was given Man of the Match for his 90 and 51 run knocks in the game.
India (1st inning): 189 (Rahul 90; Lyon 8/50)
Australia (1st inning): 276 (Shaun Marsh 66; Jadeja 6/63)
India (2nd inning): 274 (Pujara 92; Hazlewood 6/67)
Australia (2nd inning): 112 (Smith 28; Ashwin 6/41)