India produced a brilliant performance on Day 4 of the second Test match to defeat Australia by 75 runs in Bangalore on Tuesday. It was an inspired bowling performance by the Indian bowlers that clinched the victory for the hosts and as a result, they were able to level the four-match series 1-1. (HIGHLIGHTS)
Follow KL Rahul’s batting to Ravichandran Ashwin’s spin magic, the match was filled with brilliant performances and here are the five factors that played a huge role in ensuring the victory for Team India -
With Australia chugging along nicely at 82/1 in reply to India’s 189 in the first innings, India desperately needed wickets. Ravindra Jadeja dented the innings with regular strikes. He first dismissed Steve Smith for eight and then he drew out the well-settled Matt Renshaw to get him out stumped. A little while later, he got Peter Handscombe and India were into Australia’s lower-order.
KL Rahul’s fifty
Facing a deficit of 87, India badly needed a solid start at the top. KL Rahul provided that with another half-century in the match following his 90 in first innings. He was helped by Aussie pacers not bowling a tight line. His knock of 51 (off 85 balls) ensured India wipe out the deficit quite quickly, put the pressure back on Australia and lay a platform for those coming in later.
The Pujara-Rahane show
After a flurry of wickets which saw them lose Rahul, Virat Kohli (cheaply again) and Ravindra Jadeja, the hosts needed some calm heads to steer them and set the Aussies a challenging target. Chetheswar Pujara, having survived a few close calls, buckled down and was helped by a resolute Ajinkya Rahane. The two added 118 runs to take the lead beyond 150 and thereby pose a challenging total.
Throughout this tour, David Warner, one of the lynchpins of Aussie batting, has had to play against his nature and curb his instincts. For once, he tried to break the shackles. After hammering Ashwin for a six, he tried to sweep him to the boundary but missed the line and was given out. Desperate, the Aussie vice-captain went for a review but it went against him.
Smith and his review
After Warner’s dismissal, all rested on skipper Steve Smith, the best Aussie batsman, and his partnership with Shaun Marsh. Marsh was leg-before but perhaps aware of the loss of a review due to Warner, the Aussie left-hander opted not to, saving the last one for his skipper. Replays, however, showed the review could have saved him. Smith, however, couldn’t last long as an Umesh Yadav delivery stayed low trapping him leg-before. He wanted to review, but it was plumb. Aussies were 74/4 and almost out.