India clinched a resounding 6-wicket triumph against Australia in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy held at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Sunday. With 2-0 lead the 4-match test series, the win confirms that India retains Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The visitors were skittled out for 113 runs by the Indian bowlers, and Rohit Sharma, Srikar Bharat, and Cheteshwar Pujara’s solid performance helped India secure the victory. With this win, India maintained their lead in the four-match series, retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Despite occasional struggles to chase down 115, Pujara’s unbeaten 31 helped guide the team to triumph. Ravindra Jadeja was instrumental in India’s success, taking seven wickets for 42 runs. Pujara (31*) and Bharat (23*) batted till the end, leading India to victory.
India captain Rohit Sharma, who was in outstanding form, resumed their innings at 14/1 and immediately started attacking the Australian bowlers. He scored 12 runs off Nathan Lyon’s over, hitting the ball all around the ground. However, Rohit’s explosive innings ended abruptly when he was run out after scoring 31 runs off just 20 deliveries.
After Rohit’s dismissal, Virat Kohli took to the crease and partnered with Cheteshwar Pujara. While Pujara accumulated singles regularly, Kohli held the other end tightly and became the quickest batsman to reach 25,000 international runs.
To alleviate some of the pressure on the Indian team, the former captain kept hitting boundaries consistently. In the 16th over of the innings, Nathan Lyon bowled a short ball, which Virat Kohli expertly played toward the backward square leg fence for an impressive four.
However, Todd Murphy provided a major breakthrough for his team by dismissing the dangerous batter Kohli for 20 runs.
After Kohli’s dismissal, the right-handed batter Shreyas Iyer came to the crease and hit two magnificent sixes before losing his wicket to Lyon for 12 off 10 balls. Following Iyer’s wicket, Srikar Bharat, another right-handed batter, came in to bat.
Srikar Bharat accelerated his scoring rate by hitting boundaries and kept piling on runs against the Australian bowlers. By the 25th over, India needed only ten runs to win. Cheteshwar Pujara, playing his 100th Test match, hit a superb four off Todd Murphy’s delivery to secure a six-wicket victory for India over Australia in the second Test.
In the ongoing second Test match at Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi on Sunday, spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja put on a remarkable display, with the latter taking seven wickets, as they bowled out Australia for just 113 runs in their second innings. This set a target of 115 runs for the hosts, India.
At lunch, India’s score was 14/1, and the captain Rohit Sharma (12*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (1*) were at the crease.
Australia resumed their innings at 61/1, with Travis Head (39*) and Marnus Labuschagne (16*) aiming to build on the visitors’ lead.
Early in the session, Ashwin struck for the hosts by dismissing the dangerous Head for 43 off 46 balls, reducing Australia to 65/2. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne then added 20 more runs before Ashwin dismissed Smith for just 9, leaving Australia at 85/3 after 19 overs.
Subsequently, the duo of Jadeja and Ashwin dismantled the rest of the Australian batting attack, as the ball kept low and shot off the surface. The Australians were finally all out for just 113 runs in 31.1 overs, with only Head and Labuschagne managing to score in double digits.
Jadeja emerged as the most successful bowler for India ending up with his personal best figures in Test cricket, capturing 7 wickets for 42 runs in just 12.1 overs. Ashwin also made a valuable contribution to the bowling attack, taking 3 wickets for 59 runs in 16 overs.
In pursuit of a target of 115 runs in the Test match, India suffered an early setback as their opening batsman KL Rahul was dismissed for just 1 run, further extending his poor run of form in the red-ball format. The wicket was taken by Nathan Lyon, who had Rahul caught behind by wicketkeeper Alex Carey. Consequently, the Indian score was reduced to 6/1 in 1.1 overs.
Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara then played sensibly and took India through to lunch without any further loss of wickets. Despite the early dismissal of KL Rahul, they managed to hold the Indian innings together and kept the Australian bowlers at bay, ensuring that no further damage was done to the Indian batting lineup.
Brief Scores: Australia: 263 and 113 (Travis Head 43, Marnus Labuschagne 35, Ravindra Jadeja 7/42) vs India: 262 and 118/4 (Rohit Sharma 31, Cheteshwar Pujara 31*, Nathan Lyon 2/49).