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Cheteshwar Pujara scores 92, India set 188 as target for Australia in Bangalore

Posted on : Tuesday 7th of March 2017

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Cheteshwar Pujara missed his eleventh Test century after he was out for 92 as Australia fast bowlers led a brilliant comeback to bowl India out for 274 in their second innings at lunch on Day 4 of the second Test on Tuesday. (Day 4 LIVE UPDATES)

Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood captured a career-best six for 67 after joined forces with Mitchell Starc (2/74) to trigger an Indian batting collapse which saw the last six wickets fall for 36 runs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. (SCORECARD)

India lost five wickets for 20 runs before a 16-run last wicket stand between Wriddhiman Saha (20 no) and No 11 Ishant Sharma (6 – 28 b) helped add useful runs. Australia were left to score 188 to win. (LIVE STREAMING)

PUJARA-RAHANE STAND

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane (52) had raised India’s lead to 151 runs with a 118-run fifth wicket partnership when Australia skipper Steven Smith’s decision to take the new ball clicked with Starc and Hazlewood running through the batting.

It set up a tantalising climax to the absorbing Test as Australia face a tricky fourth-innings target runs on a spin-friendly pitch. Victory will put Australia 2-0 ahead in the four-Test series and the visitors will retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Pujara led India’s batting resurgence in the series with a 118-run fifth wicket partnership with Rahane, who scored 52 for his 11th career half-century.

Pujara struck seven fours in his 221-ball effort for his 14th Test fifty which revived India from 120 four four ahead of tea on the third day. Rahane’s 134-ball knock included four fours.

Starc began the slide by trapping Rahane leg before with a delivery which kept low. Umpire Nigel Llong turned down the appeal, but Australia’s review showed Rahane did not get a bat and it would have hit the stumps.

Starc then had Karun Nair playing on to the stumps first ball to be on a hat-trick. Wriddhiman Saha survived the hattrick delivery, but Josh Hazlewood struck at the other end.

Pujara lost concentration, guiding a short, rising delivery to gully before Hazlewood completed his fifth five-wicket haul in Tests when he bowled Ravichandran Ashwin (4).

Umesh Yadav (1) hit Hazlewood straight to mid-off to reduce India to 258 for nine --- five wickets fell for 20 runs. The fast bowler’s spell with the new ball read 5-4-8-3.

But Saha helped add vital runs. The India wicketkeeper hit Starc for a six over mid-off and lofted him over extra cover for four, adding 16 runs with No 11 Ishant Sharma.

Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe ended the innings when Ishant drove him straight to Shaun Marsh at cover.

Australia won the first Test in Pune by 333 runs in three days. The visitors have not won a series in India since 2004.

Courtesy :Hindustan Times

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