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India rout Australia to level series after R Ashwin’s magic spell: Highlights of IND vs AUS 2nd Test

Ravichandran Ashwin picked 6/41 as India defeated Australia by 75 runs to level four-match series 1-1 in Bangalore on Tuesday. Chasing 188 for win, Australia were all out for 112 in the fourth innings. Catch highlights of India vs Australia here

cricket Updated: Mar 07, 2017 16:32 IST
Abhishek Paul
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Ravichandran Ashwin and Indian cricket team members celebrate after the dismissal of an Australian batsman during the second Test. Get India vs Australia 2nd Test highlights here. (BCCI)

Ravichandran Ashwin, with a haul of six for 41, spun India to a 75-run win over Australia on Day 4 of the second Test in Bangalore. After setting a target of 188, India rode on Ashwin’s spin to dismiss the Steve Smith’s men for 112. The four-match series is now level at 1-1. Catch highlights of India vs Australia Day 4 here. (SCORECARD | WHERE TO GET STREAMING)

15:38 hrs IST: India captain Virat Kohli said the team was charged up after losing the first Test. “We wanted to prove ourselves. Today the boys showed their heart and character along with the crowd. A couple of the sessions were game changing. The moment they did not get big runs in the first innings,”

He lauded the 118-run fifth wicket stand between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in the second innings that helped India take a 188-run lead. “It was a champion partnership. The two of our best Test batsmen applied themselves. The knock from Wriddhi and the way Ishant batted was a bonus as well. Ranchi is going to be very competitive. We can’t wait to get there. Hopefully, we can take the momentum forward and never look back,” he said.

15:30 hrs IST: KL Rahul declared Man of the Match for scoring 90 and 51

“No better place for me to perform. The way we performed was a proud moment for us. I have played my cricket in Bangalore. I told Virat yesterday, if we get 150 runs as a lead, we will win by 30 runs. We applied our plans. There was a time, when they said I get past 20, I get a hundred. I was disappointed. It gets quite sore. I can’t quite dive on the field. I might restrict a few shots. Even I do, it’s not that I can’t score.

15:20 hrs IST: India’s hero of the match R Ashwin gave an insight about how the hosts fought back. ““I was trying to turn it too hard. One good thing I did was when wickets were not coming, I kept the runs down. We just spoke inside the dressing room to bowl some short spells and keep changing over. That is why we were rotating so we could attack through such short balls,” he said.

15:15 hrs IST: India’s top-scorer Cheteshwar Pujara said: “It is a great feeling to beat Australia. The way we were so far behind, it is a great satisfaction. We just wanted a partnership. The balls were staying low. The way Nathan Lyon bowled in the first innings, we needed a Plan B, and we had it. Anything over 200 was almost impossible here. Once we crossed 150, we were confident. When I went in to bat, I never thought about the runs. I just had a positive intent. Now probably we will have the psychological advantage the way we have played.”

15:06 hrs IST: India win by 75 runs

Ashwin gets his sixth wicket and catches Nathan Lyon off his own bowling. Australia 112 all out

15:02 hrs IST: Handscomb (24) out, Australia 110/9

Ashwin takes India closer to win. Handscomb went for a slog against Jadeja

14:59 hrs IST: Steve O Keefe out, Australia 110/8

Ravindra Jadeja gets his first of the second innings as he castles O’Keefe.

14:51 hrs IST: Ashwin has now taken 200 Test wickets in India. He is also the fifth highest Indian Test wicket-taker with 267 scalps. Australia 110/7

14:46 hrs IST: India are three wickets away from a series-levelling win, while Australia (106/7) need 82 runs.

14:38 hrs IST:GONE! Starc (1) out , Australia 103/7

Ashwin gets his fourth wicket as he bowls Starc. The Indian’s delivery comes in straight as Starc wanted to play the ball on front foot. It finds the gap between bat and pad to rattle the Stumps

14:35 hrs IST: Dale Steyn is clearly a fan of Virat Kohli’s aggressive nature on the field.

14:31 hrs IST: We are back for the final session of the day! India need 4 wickets to level the series 1-1.

14:20 hrs IST: India are clearly in sight of a win.

14:15 hrs IST: TEA! 101 runs were scored in the session but India would be elated with the six wickets that fell.

14:12 hrs IST: Matthew Wade (0) out, Australia 101/6

Saha takes a stunning catch as Ashwin gets his third wicket. Ashwin flighted the ball takes and edge off Wade as Saha dives full length to take the catch.

14:05 hrs IST: Mitchell Marsh (13) out, Australia 101/5

Ashwin strikes on return. His balls and takes an edge of Marsh who is caught by Karun Nair at short leg.

14:02 hrs IST: Australia reach 100 runs in 25.1 overs. Need 88 more to retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy

13:57 hrs IST: Bad, very bad over for India! Ishant gives away 13 runs - gets hit for three fours. Australia 98/4

13:52 hrs IST: FOURS! Handscomb first hits Umesh towards backward point, then March punches him through covers

13:46 hrs IST: Another wrong DRS call by Jadeja! He was convinced that Mitchell Marsh was out LBW, though umpire gave not out. Kohli asked him thrice and took DRS. The was clipping the stump and it was umpire’s call. India are left with one DRS now

13:40 hrs IST: Smith out, Australia 74/4

Umesh gets the dangerous Smith. He is plumb in front. Bit of an exchange there between Kohli and Smith as the latter stayed on the crease discussing whether to take DRS or not.

13:36 hrs IST: Jadeja has kept a slip and a silly point. Abut Aussies are cautious against him

13:31 hrs IST: Australia are facing DRS blues it seems.

13:24 hrs IST: Jadeja comes into attack. He has the ability to use the cracks in the pitch. Remember he took 6 wickets in the first innings.

13:18 hrs IST: Shaun Marsh (9) out

 Umesh gets Marsh LBW. replays showed the ball would have missed stumps but Smith and Marsh don’t use the only review left.

13:12 hrs IST: Smith is taking his chances. Australia’s chase has been all about positive intent. Unless a wicket slide like this morning, India might be staring at a loss.

13:09 hrs IST: FOUR! Smith cuts through covers Ashwin to the boundary. Australia 65/2 in 14 overs

13:02 hrs IST: BREAKING NEWS! BCCI announces OPPO as the new Team India sponsor

12:57 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav comes into the attack and almost gets Smith. Virat Kohli drops him at slip. The ball stayed low and going to his left.

12:53 hrs IST: Warner (17) departs, Australia 42/2

Ashwin traps Warner plumb in front of the wicket after the latter went for a sweep and missed the ball completely. Umpire gave out and Australia took a review. Ball-track showed the ball was clipping off-stump.

12:45 hrs IST: SIX! Warner lifts Ashwin over long on. Australia 40/1, Need 148 runs

12:39 hrs IST: Huge appeal for LBW by Ishant against Smith. Umpire says no. The ball was going over stumps. No DRS taken by India.

12:35 hrs IST: FOUR! Smith’s sweeps Ashwin to boundary. Australia 29/1, need 158

12:30 hrs IST: OUT! Renshaw (5), Australia 22/1

Ishant gives India first break as Renshaw edges one to Saha. The Indian’s delivery angles in and renshaw has no chance.

12:23 hrs IST: FOUR, Bye! Ashwin ball turn and hits Warner thigh pads. Wickekpper Saha fails to gauge the line of the ball nd it races to back boundary,

12:20 hrs IST: HUGE APPEAL but no result! Ishant beats Renshaw with an out-swinger, umpire says no. India takes no review. Ball was missing Renshaw’s off-stump.

12:13 hrs IST: FOUR! Warner hits one off Ashwin. The off-break delivery hits the crack and changes direction. Australia 13/0

12:09 hrs IST: FOUR! Renshaw edges one off Ishant and the ball goes past between second and third slip to the boundary. Australia 6/0

12:06 hrs IST: Welcome back!

11:30 hrs IST: 188 is a decent target but Virat Kohli and Co. should remember Australia chased down 195 at the same venue in Bangalore in 1998

11:27 hrs IST: India (189, 274) give Australia 188-run target

11:26 hrs IST: Ishant (6) out

Ishant is caught at short cover off O’keefe by Marsh. India all out.

11:18 hrs IST: Hazlewood hits Ishant’s pads, given not out. Australia go for review as tracker shows the ball clipping the leg stump. It’s umpire call and Ishant lives to fight.

11:13 hrs IST: India leading by 185 runs now

Wriddhaman Saha in action during day four of the second Test between India and Australia in Bangalore. Get live cricket score of India vs Australia here (BCCI)

11:05 hrs IST: Saha and Ishant are not taking singles and are only relying on boundaries. Have added 11 runs in the last five overs. Can they give India 200-run lead? India 272/9, Lead has crossed 180

10:59 hrs IST: Indian batsmen have been irresponsible on Day 4 to say the least. The way Nair got out was criminal. How does one expect a triple centurion get out like that when need of the hour was patience

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10:53 hrs IST: Saha and Ishant are at the crease. Whatever they add for the last wicket will be a bonus. Thought they haven’t take a run in the last three overs. Waiting for boundary can be lethal.

10:43 hrs IST: Umesh (1) out

Hazlewood gets his sixth wicket as Umesh goes for a slog and is caught by Warner at mid-off.

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10: 37 hrs IST: India lost 4 wickets in the last three overs. Australia breathing fire with new ball. The uneven dual bounce of the pitch is troubling Indian batsmen.

10:30 hrs IST: Ashwin (4) out. India 246/8, lead by 159

It is sheer irresponsibility. Ashwin, after hitting a boundary, blindly goes for a drive against an incoming delivery and is bowled.

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10:26 hrs IST: Pujara (92) out. India 242/7, lead by 155

Hazlewood gets extra bounce as Pujara was taken by surprise and gives an easy catch to Mitchell Marsh at gully.

10:19 hrs IST: Starc nearly gets a hat-trick as he hits Wriddhiman Saha’s pads but umpire signal not out. Starc knows there would be no point in wasting a review as the ball had got an edge before hitting the pads.

10:18 hrs IST: Nair (0) out. #India 238/6, lead by 151

Starc rattles Nair’s stumps after the batsmen goes for an irresponsible drive against the Australian’s swinging delivery

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10:16 hrs IST: Rahane (52) out. #India 238/5

Starc’s inswinger hits Rahane’s pads. Umpire gives not out but Australia go for review. Tracker shows ball clearly hitting Rahane’s leg stump  

10:11 hrs IST: CLOSE! Hazlewood almost gets an edge off Pujara, who looks to drive the Aussie outgoing delivery. India can’t afford to lose Pujara at this stage. India 235/4, lead by 148

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10:08 hrs IST: Pujara is now batting on 87 off 210 balls. He has been resilient and patient. The Saurashtra batsman rarely gave chance. In the first session today was asked some serous questions by the spinners and the pacers alike but his monk-like serenity has stood out. In this Test, till now, he is the only India to get DRS right.

Ajinkya Rahane scored his 11th Test fifty on Day 4 of India vs Australia 2nd Test in Bangalore. Get live cricket score of India vs Australia here. (REUTERS)

10:00 hrs IST: Rahane, who missed most of the England series, due to injury scores one of the most crucial fifties of his career. Mind you, if India lose this Test, Australia will retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India’s lead has gone past 140 now.

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09:57 hrs IST: FOUR! Rahane hits one off Starc with an elegant cover drive. With it he scores his 11th Test half-century. India 228/4, lead by 141

09:51 hrs IST: Rahane has moved to 46 and is just four runs short of his 11th Test half-century. India 224/4

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09:47 hrs IST: Pujara and Rahane’s stand has crossed 100 - This is the first hundred run stand of the series. India 221/4

09:42 hrs IST: Correct DRS call by Pujara. He was given LBW off Lyon. The Indian straightaway goes for DRS and tracker shows that the ball pitched outside line and missed the leg stump by miles. India lead by 133 runs

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09:38 hrs IST: A lot happening already! In third over of the day, third umpire comes into action as Australia think Handscomb might have caught Pujara off O’Keefe at short leg. Soft decision was not out. Third umpire agrees

09:35 hrs IST: Nathan Lyon from the other end . Australia want to test India with spin twins right from the start.

09:30 hrs IST: Action starts: Steve O’Keefe bowls the first over

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9:20 hrs IST: India’s lead is 126 now but the highest target chased down in Bangalore is 262 - by India against New Zealand in 2012-13. So much task remains for Rahane and Pujara.

Highest successful chases at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore (HT photo)

09:07 hrs IST: KL Rahul had said that if India add 100 more runs it will be ‘gold’ for the team. But Virat Kohli’s men would not want to take chance against this Aussie side which is leading 1-0 in the four-game series

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09:03 hrs IST: Pujara (79*) and Rahane (40*) would be hoping to add more runs to their 93-run stand. India now lead by 126. And the lowest target defended at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in 221.

Lowest targets defended at Bangalore (HT Photo)

09:00 hrs IST: Well come all to the live coverage of Day 4.

Looking to square the four-Test series, India will look for a lead of at least 250 runs to force a win against the Aussies who will bat last on a wearing pitch.

Pujara and Rahane shared an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 93 to keep alive India’s hopes of a series-levelling win over Australia, giving the hosts a lead of 126 on a see-saw third day.

India’s chances appeared slim when paceman Josh Hazlewood’s triple strike helped Australia reduce them to 120 for four before tea and the touring side looked favourites to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

But Pujara and Rahane batted through the final session to ensure India will set them a decent target to chase on a difficult pitch.

At close of play, Pujara was unbeaten on 79 with Rahane on 40 to take India, who lost the opening Test of the four-match series by 333 runs, to 213 for four.