India win by 75 runs in second test match in
The Border–Gavaskar test series.
Series is level now with 1-1
Plenty of records created in this match. Here’s the round-up, courtesy Deepu Narayanan
* R Ashwin now has 25 five-fers for India, joint second most with Harbhajan & only behind Anil Kumble (35).
* Lowest targets defended by India:
107 v Aus, Mumbai, 2004
143 v Aus, MCG,1981
170 v SA, Ahmedabad, 1996
188 v NZ, Mumbai, 1969
188 v Aus, today**
* Nathan Lyon’s 8/50 is the best bowling figures in a losing cause for Australia.
PRE: 8/61 by Mitchell Johnson v SA, Perth, 2008
* Highest 1st innings lead overcome by India to win (home):
274 v Aus, Kolkata, 2001
99 v Aus, Mumbai(WS), 2004
95 v WI, Delhi, 2011
87 This Test
Now, about the notable performances of the Test..Nathan Lyon on day 1 picked up 8 for 50 with some traditional off-spinners. The seam pointing inwards, over-spin imparted and that was enough to skittle the Indians out for 189. India had an under-used Jadeja as answer to it, who ended up picking 6 for 63. Renshaw and Marsh made hard fifties on a track, where it can be celebrated as hundreds. Hazlewood and Starc showed what pace and swing can do even on a slow, low, turner. And Ashwin putting the icing with another fantabulous show. For India it was Rahul’s twin fifties which helped them to stay competitive and not to forget Pujara’s second innings 92 – which gave his side a chance to win the game.
A target of 188 was never enough. That is what the experts believed. India though believed in themselves and Kohli and his boys ensured 188 seemed too far a cry for the Aussies. Warner got a raw deal from DRS and Shaun Marsh failed to trust himself to take a review. Umesh roared with pace and accuracy and Ashwin came back for his second spell to pick up a 6-fer and more importantly pick Jr. Marsh before tea to give India the edge. Jadeja and Ishant played suitable allies whenever it was needed and India after tea completed the formalities. A win by 75 runs for the Indians rolling back the clock to day 1 stumps would have made seemed like a joke. But reality can be really funny and on the face at times. This is a huge win! Might be a series deciding one. The Border-Gavaskar Trophy would have been passe, had it been a loss for India. But it was not to be as India crossed the frontier with an able leader backed by skillful soldiers.