India were on the back foot after the first day’s play as Nathan Lyon took 8 wickets to bowl the hosts out for just 189 runs and put the Aussies in a great position to go 2-0 up in the 4 match series. However the Indians fought back hard on the second day as the bowlers put in a great effort to bowl the Aussies out and restrict their lead to just 87 runs.
The pitch wasn’t as vicious as the one in the first test as Pune but it was still difficult to play but local boy K Rahul applied himself in both innings scoring 90 in the first and a valuable 51 in the second innings. However when Australia got the prize wicket of captain Virat Kohli on day 3, the Aussies once again looked like taking control of the test match but a gutsy partnership of over 100 runs between vice-captain A Rahane and C Pujara took Indian to safety with a lead of 125 runs on the fourth day.
The test match went back and forth in just about every session and early on the fourth day M Starc and J Hazelwood bowled with aggression and pace to wrap up the lower order quickly and restrict India’s to 274 and keep the lead well below 200. The Aussies had to bat last and chase down 187 runs on a pitch that was offering assistance to both the quickies with its uneven bounce and to the spinners with sharp turn.
Australia were in trouble early with the loss of M Renshaw who has batted well in the first test and in the second innings in Bangalore. The dangerous D Warner was the second wicket to go after R Ashwin trapped his leg-before. Captain Steven Smith played aggressively and looked to be taking the game away from the Indians with his 28 runs which included three fours but U Yadav put in a fabulous spell of bowling which accounted for the wickets of Smith and Shaun Marsh, to give India the upper hand.
R Ashwin then came to the party and ran through the lower half of the Aussies who in the past have shown that they can contribute some valuable runs down the order. R Ashwin finished with 6 wickets in the second innings and in doing so completed his 25th, five wicket haul in test cricket and helped Indian wrap up the second test.
The third test will take place in Ranchi from March 16 to 20 and both teams will go hard at it once again as they look to take a lead in the 4 match series. Opener K Rahul was awarded the man of the match for making a total of 141 runs in the match, which was the highest for both teams.