Published On: Wed, Mar 8th, 2017
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India vs Australia : India defeated Australia by 75 runs

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Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin led with a six-wicket haul as India defeated Australia by 75 runs with a day to spare in the second Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Ashwin did the most damage with figures of 6/41. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav displayed excellent speed and swing to return 2/30 while fellow pacer Ishant Sharma and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja bagged a wicket each. The Australians found it difficult to score against Jadeja who gave away only three runs in his eight overs which included five maidens.

Chasing a target of 188 runs, Australia were bundled out for 112 in their second innings shortly after tea on the penultimate day. India have now levelled the four-Test series at 1-1. The Indians bowled superbly on a pitch which has developed quite a few cracks, making it difficult for batting.

While captain Virat Kohli would have been a relieved man after his team’s victory, having faced some flak for his side’s heavy loss in the first Test in Pune as well as for his loss of form with the bat, he minced no words in the press conference that followed. Kohli returned to the fiery ways of the old while conveying his thoughts on various topics — from Ian-Healy criticising him for on-field sledging to Steve Smith’s ‘brain fade’ of consulting his team-mates in the dressing room for DRS.

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