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‘Best match of my life’: R Ashwin, Virat Kohli ecstatic after Bangalore win

Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 6/41, his 25th five-wicket haul in Tests as India defeated Australia by 75 runs in Bangalore to level the series 1-1.

cricket Updated: Mar 07, 2017 20:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Ravichandran Ashwin,Virat Kohli,India national cricket team
Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his 25th five-wicket haul as India staged a remarkable comeback to win the Bangalore Test by 75 runs to level the series.(REUTERS)

The Bangalore Test between India and Australia saw plenty of twists and drama. India were blown away by a spell of 8/50 from Nathan Lyon while Matt Renshaw and Shaun Marsh scored fifties to give Australia the lead.

Cheteshwar Pujara’s magnificent 92 and his 118-run stand with Ajinkya Rahane helped India set Australia a target of 188. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled a sensational spell as he picked up his 25th five-wicket haul to help India clinch a sensational 75-run win to level the series. (SCORECARD)

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After a surprisingly quiet Test match in Pune and the first innings of the Bangalore Test, Ashwin came into his own as he picked up 6/41 to run through the Australian batting. Speaking about the performance after the end of the match, Ashwin said, “It was not coming out of the hand all right. I was trying to turn it too hard. One good thing I did was when wickets were not coming, I kept the runs down.”

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The ace off-spinner also took to Twitter to state that this was the best match of his life. The emotion that he displayed after he took the final wicket of Nathan Lyon spoke volumes about the desire that India wanted to level the series.

Along with Ashwin, India skipper Virat Kohli also took to Twitter to praise the performance of the team. Kohli has currently scored only 40 runs in four innings but his poor form would have been pushed to the background after India’s great win.

Kohli and his team got a heroic welcome at the hotel after the stunning win. With the series tied 1-1, there is plenty at stake for both India and Australia heading into the Ranchi Test.

First Published: Mar 07, 2017 19:24 IST