Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was back to his lethal best as India defeated Australia by 75 runs in a thrilling climax of the second Test with a day to spare, levelling the four-match series 1-1 on Tuesday. (HIGHLIGHTS)
India set Australia 188 for victory and then dismissed the visitors for 112 in 35.4 overs in a brilliant display of pace and spin bowling on a wearing M Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch. (SCORECARD)
Ashwin (6/41) removed the dangerous opener David Warner (17), trapped leg before and fast bowlers Umesh Yadav (2) and Ishant Sharma shared three of the first four wickets.
Ravichandran Ashwin, 30, then took over, claiming his 25th five-wicket innings haul as he ran through the innings, returning a splendid 6/41 as Australia were bowled out 30 minutes after tea. His final spell read a tantalising 5.4-3-9-5.
Ishant Sharma had opener Matt Renshaw, who had scored fifties in two of his previous three innings in the series, caught behind for five before Umesh Yadav trapped Shaun Marsh (9) and skipper Steven Smith (28) leg before to trigger the slow slide.
Ravichandran Ashwinremoved Mitch Marsh (13) and Mathew Wade (0) off successive overs to leave Australia reeling at 101 for six at tea break.
On return, Ashwin struck again, sneaking through Mitchell Starc’s (1) defence to bowl him to reduce it to 103 for seven, still 85 runs away from victory.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who took 6/63 in the first innings, then bowled Steve O’Keefe to make it 110 for eight.
Ashwin finished things off, forcing Peter Handscomb (24) to sky a catch beffore having Nathan Lyon (2) caught behind to seal the famous win.
India, facing questions about their batsmen’s skill to play spin on turning pitches, had fought back brilliantly after being dismissed for 189 in the first innings.
A disciplined bowling performance pegged Australia’s first innings lead to 87 runs after they were 276 all out before Cheteshwar Pujara (92) and Ajinkya Rahane (52) and opener batsman KL Rahul (51) stretched the lead to 187, giving the hosts a fighting chance for victory.
India have only twice before rallied after losing the first Test to win the series, most famously against Australia in 2001.