IND vs AUS 2nd Test: team India take revenge, thrash Australia by 8 wickets

Sudev Haldar
3 years ago

India steadied its innings after losing two quick wickets to comfortable chase the small target of 70 runs from their second innings and level the Border-Gavaskar series after dismissing Australia for 200 in the boxing Test at the MCG.

Struggling opener Mayank Agarwal fell for five before the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujura (three) gave the hosts a glimmer of hope with India wobbling at 19-2.

But Shubman Gill and stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane saw the visitors home without further ado to secure a comprehensive eight-wicket victory.

Australia survived the entire first session of day four but India took the extra half-hour on offer with only one wicket left.

Bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood almost got to lunch but spinner Ravi Ashwin bowled the latter for 10 for his second wicket.

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Australia’s lower-order, spearheaded by young all-rounder Cameron Green, added 67 runs on Tuesday after resuming on 133-6.

But Green’s dismissal for an innings-high of 45 left only the tail to try to set India a defendable run-chase.

Playing in just his second Test, Green lasted for most of the session to frustrate India’s bid to level the series at one-all.

His promising innings ended when he mistimed a pull shot off Indian debutant Mohammed Siraj, who finished with figures of 3-37.

The West Australian received solid support from fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

(With input from InsideSport)

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