AUS vs IND -2nd Test
Location: Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Toss: India (Elected to bat)
Run Rate: 5.63
Run Rate: 3.48
Result: Australia won by 4 wkts
Last 5 Ovs: 28/3
RR: 5.6 4s: 4 6s: 0
AUS 2 Inn: 130/6
IND 2 Inn: 224/10
AUS 1 Inn: 505/10
IND 1 Inn: 408/10
Man of the Match:
Australia 130/6 (23.1 ov)
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So, Australia add another chapter to their Gabbatoir legend. Armed with a 2-0 lead, Australia will be keen to double it up and whitewash India. Can the visitors pick themselves up and stay alive in the series? Do join us back for the traditional MCG Boxing day Test to find out. Until then, take care and spread cheer. Merry Christmas and farewell!
Unless, the batsmen, bowlers and fielders click in unison, it will be difficult for India to win Tests overseas. Many congratulations to Australia for rallying behind Steve Smith after Clarke was ruled out of the remainder of the series, needing surgery. Harris was also out injured but Hazlewood stepped up to stake claim for a long tenancy in the Australian bowling attack. Though Watto disappointed with the bat, he proved his fitness by sending down 27.4 overs with the ball after Mitch Marsh was ruled out of bowling.
Ashwin was good in patches but did not make the kind of impact he was expected to. Ishant with his no-balls hurt the team badly. Aaron and Umesh were not consistent enough to keep the pressure on Australia. Plenty of question marks over Rohit's place in the XI as well. Dhoni said that he was happy with the performance of his boys, but has plenty to ponder over ahead of the MCG Boxing Day Test.
After a good start, the Indian innings unraveled quickly today with Johnson triggering off a collapse. The Indian bowlers showed some stomach for a fight, but they did not have the cushion of enough runs.
Australia's reply was a story of two halves. Dhoni's men had Australia in a fix at 247/6. Then arrived the Smith-Johnson show. The duo took the short ball on and flattened the Indian bowling, before Lyon, Starc and Hazlewood joined the party as Australia gained a substantial 97-run lead.
Match Summary: The visitors began on a strong footing with Murali Vijay becoming the seventh Indian opener to score a century on Australian soil. Useful contributions from Rahane, Dhoni and Ashwin pushed India to 408. Debutant Josh Hazlewood was the bowling hero for Australia, pulling things back with an impressive 5-wicket haul.