IndvsAus: Another lacklustre batting performance puts India at backfoot
Bengaluru: Indian Cricket team failed to fulfil the promise of captain Virat Kohli which he made ahead of Bengaluru Test. Another lacklustre batting performance kept India on backfoot on Day 1 of the second of the four Test match series at M Chinnaswamy stadium here on Saturday.
Australia was 40/0 at stumps with David Warner (23) and Matt Renshaw (15) at the crease.
India’s batting woes continued as team bundled out for 189 runs in front of Nathan Lyon’s (8/50) thunder which made Virat Kohli and brigade back to the pavilion before crossing 200-run mark.
Winning the toss and opting to bat, Abhinav Mukund was the new face to began India's inning owing to the shoulder injury of Murali Vijay. He, however, failed to make any impact as was given leg before wicket to Australian pacer Mitchell Starc at 0. Then, came classy Cheteshwar Pujara who along with confident KL Rahul extended India's total to 72. The 61-run partnership between the duo came to an end with Pujara's wicket at the individual score of 17 runs.
Continuing the brilliance of 1st Test, KL Rahul sported lone warrior playing a 90-run knock, studded with nine boundaries.
Lyon, becoming India's new fear factor, bagged eight wickets including Pujara, Virat Kohli (12), Ajinkya Rahane (17), R Ashwin (7), W Saha (1), R Jadeja (3), Lokesh Rahul (90) and Ishant Sharma (0) successively.
Karun Nair, who was included for Jayant Yadav, threw away his wicket at 26 to O'Keefe.