IndvsAus: India beat Kangaroos on the third day itself, team ahead 2-0 in the series

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India has won the second test match between India and Australia. In this series of four matches, the Indian team has now gone ahead 2-0. India beat Australia by six wickets in the Delhi Test match.

In the second Test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia played in Delhi, the Indian team defeated the hosts by six wickets on the third day itself. In this series, the Indian team is now 2-0 ahead. The hero of this victory was Ravindra Jadeja, who took seven wickets in the second innings with a bang.

The Kangaroo team could not stand in front of Ravindra Jadeja’s powerful bowling and lost nine wickets by scoring 113 runs in the morning session itself. India got a target of 115 runs from the Australian team for the second innings. Australian batsmen lost their nine wickets in just 49 runs. Apart from Ravindra Jadeja, Ashwin took three wickets. Ravindra Jadeja took a total of 10 wickets in this entire match. At the same time, this small target given by Australia was easily achieved by the Indian team under the leadership of captain Rohit Sharma. Cheteshwar Pujara, playing his 100th Test for the team, remained unbeaten on 31 runs. Captain Rohit Sharma also scored 31 runs in an aggressive 20-ball innings.

Such was the first innings of both the teams

India returned to the match on the second day of the second Test against Australia on the basis of a 114-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Ravichandran Ashwin (37) with a brilliant innings of 74 runs by all-rounder Akshar Patel. India’s first innings was reduced to 262 runs in 83.3 overs, one run less than Australia’s first innings. Nathan Lyon’s five wickets put India on the verge of being 139 for 139 after losing seven top-order wickets in the first innings but Akshar and Ashwin kept Australia’s bowlers away from success for the next 29.3 overs (117 balls). I got back to India. Akshar hit nine fours and three sixes in his 115-ball knock while Ashwin hit five fours in his 71-ball innings. Lyon gave 67 in 29 overs and took five or more wickets for the 22nd time in Tests. Lyon got good support from debutant Matthew Kuhneman (72 runs in 21.3 overs) and Todd Murphy (53 runs in 18 overs), playing his second Test. Both took two wickets each. By the end of the day’s play, however, Australia batted aggressively in the second innings and strengthened their position by scoring 61 runs for one wicket. Australia’s total lead has increased to 62 runs with nine wickets remaining. At stumps, Travis Head was batting on 39 off 40 balls and Marnus Labuschagne on 16 off 19 balls while Usman Khawaja (six) was caught by Ravindra Jadeja (1/23) off Shreyas Iyer. David Warner was ruled out of the match due to injury and Head opened the innings with Khawaja in his place.

India’s first innings was like this

While India’s top-order batsmen struggled against the spinners, Akshar and Ashwin’s aggressive batting benefited from their 84-run stand in the first Test. Akshar scored his second consecutive half-century by hitting a six against Kuhnemann. He also sent the ball into the crowd against Lyon. During his innings, he hit brilliant cover drives off backfoot punches against Pat Cummins. On the other hand, Ashwin also did not leave any chance to score runs. This partnership was broken by Australia captain Pat Cummins (one wicket for 41 runs) after taking the new ball. After a collapse of wickets in the opening session, Virat Kohli (44 off 84 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (26 off 74 balls) stabilized the Indian innings by adding 59 runs for the fifth wicket in the post-lunch session, but Murphy and Left-arm spinner Kuhneman dismissed both of them in quick succession to put Australia in a strong position.

Kohli had to return to the pavilion

Kohli was looking in great touch in the match and was on course to play big innings but luck ran out for him. The umpire declared him lbw on Kuhneman’s ball. The former India captain took a DRS (Review of Umpire’s Decision) against the on-field umpire’s decision but television replays did not find any conclusive evidence whether the ball hit the pad or the bat first. Eventually the on-field umpire’s decision was upheld and Kohli had to return to the pavilion. Earlier, Murphy lbw Jadeja, who has been batting consistently for India for some time now. After both of them returned to the pavilion, wicket-keeper Kona Bharat (six) disappointed again with the bat. In the course of playing a sweep shot, the ball hit his gloves and Steve Smith, standing in the slips, ran behind the wicketkeeper and took a brilliant catch. Earlier in the day’s opening session, Lokesh Rahul (17) continued his poor form while Cheteshwar Pujara (0) could not make his first innings memorable in his 100th Test. Only skipper Rohit Sharma (32) looked in good touch in the Indian top order. The pitch speed at Kotla was slightly higher as compared to Jamtha (Nagpur). In such a situation, Lyon made excellent use of ‘flighted’ balls. This created doubt in the mind of the batsmen and they were seen dodging again and again. Opener Rahul survived Australia’s two DRS (Review of Umpire’s Decision) appeals but then returned to the pavilion after being lbw to Lyon. Lyon bowled ’round the wicket’ and his ball got more turn than expected. After Rahul’s continuous failure, questions are being raised on the team management’s decision of not giving a chance to Shubman Gill, who is once again in excellent form, in the playing XI. Rohit, who scored a century in the previous match, was once again playing the sweep shot effectively, but he misread Lyon’s straight ball and got bowled. A thunderous round of applause from around 20,000 spectators at the stadium welcomed Pujara in his 100th Test but he faltered. Pujara tried to play a flighted ball from Leone defensively but the ball hit his pads. Australia took DRS against the on-field umpire’s decision of not out and Pujara had to return to the pavilion. Returning from injury, Shreyas Iyer (four) looked comfortable at the crease but his backfoot flick was caught by Peter Handscomb at shotleg.