Ind vs Aus 2017, 2nd Test, Day 4: R Ashwin's six-fer rattles Australia as Virat Kohli & Co win by 75 runs to level series

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Ind vs Aus 2017, 2nd Test, Day 4: R Ashwin's six-fer rattles Australia as Virat Kohli & Co win by 75 runs to level series

Posted on : Tuesday 7th of March 2017

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Bengaluru: Virat Kohli and his men bounced back in the four-match series against Australia with a comprehensive 75-run win against Australia at M Chinnasawamy Stadium. Day 4 of the second Test match saw several ups and downs as Indian bowlers put a great show to dismantle the Australian batting line-up. 

Chasing a stiff target of 188 runs, the visitors were bowled out for 112 in their second innings. Ravichandran Ashwin was once again the hero of India's innings as he claimed six wickets for 41 runs.

Ishant Sharma got an early breakthrough for India when he trapped Mathew Renshaw in front of the wicket in the fifth over of Australia's second innings. Ashwin soon dismissed David Warner, who was starting to look dangerous.

The visitors suffered a huge blow in the 21st over, where Umesh trapped skipper Steve Smith in front of the wicket. The Australian skipper was bamboozled by a delivery which kept low and hit him on the pads right in front of the wicket. There was a controversy around the dismissal when Smith had a chat with his partner at the non-striker end and also looked at the dressing room for some signal. He was immediately sent back back the field umpire reminding him that his action was against the rules.

Earlier, Australian pacers ripped through the Indian batting line-up with the new ball as the hosts were bowled out for 274.

Pace bowler Josh Hazlewood grabbed six wickets as India dramatically collapsed to 274 all out in their second innings, leaving Australia a target of 188 to win the second Test.

Hazlewood notched career-best figures of 6-67 while left-arm quick bowler Mitchell Starc and left-arm spinner Steve O`Keefe took two wickets apiece each as India folded on the fourth morning in Bangalore.

India, who resumed the day on 213 for four, started steadily with overnight batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane extending their stand to 118 for the fifth wicket.

Rahane, who reached his 11th Test fifty with a boundary off Starc, and Pujara handled the spinners with relative comfort early on.

But upon taking the second new ball saw Starc and Hazlewood tore through India`s batting with a burst of four wickets in nine balls.

Rahane was first to go, trapped lbw by Starc on a successful Australia review after being given not out on the field.

A fired-up Starc then shattered Karun Nair`s stumps next ball with a full, in-swinging delivery and was only denied his hat-trick when Wriddhiman Saha managed to avoid a being out lbw by getting a thick edge on another full delivery that was hooping in towards middle stump.

Hazlewood got in on the action in next over, snaring the key wicket of Pujara as the batsman failed to handle a short, rising delivery and lobbed a catch to Mitchell Marsh in the gully.

Three balls later Hazlewood bowled Ravichandran Ashwin for his fifth scalp of the innings and in His next opver Hazlewood induced Umesh Yadav to loft a drive to mid-off as India collapsed from 238 for four to 258 for nine.

Saha, who finished unbeaten on 20, managed to eke out a 16-run last-wicket partnership with Ishant Sharma before O`Keefe struck on the stroke of lunch as India were all out for 274, after having resumed the day at 213 for four.

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