Matt Renshaw scored his second fifty of this tour    IANS
Matt Renshaw scored his second fifty of this tour IANS

Out of India‘s first 62 overs, Ravindra Jadeja had bowled only 5: 1 in the last session of Day One and 4 in the first of Day Two. It was at least reasonable to understand why he did not get to bowl much at the start of the day. With some moisture in the morning, Virat Kohli kept either Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav from one end. And that Ravichandran Ashwin is India’s go-to bowlers in any situation, easy or tough, he was likely to get a longer spell. But Kohli took as many as 17 overs post lunch to bring Jadeja in to the attack. As a matter of fact, Jadeja took took 3 crucial wickets, as Australia went in to tea at 163 for 5, trailing by 26 runs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Bengaluru

Matt Renshaw reached his second fifty of the tour. He took 183 balls. However, he had hit 4 fours off Umesh and all off outside edges. Though the deliveries were more or less wicket-taking, Renshaw made sure he played with soft hands. He survived Ishant’s bouncers, Ashwin’s off-spinners, and Umesh’s reverse-swing, but eventually fell prey to Jadeja’s slow left-arm orthodox. Come to think of it, Jadeja managed to picked 2 crucial wickets of Smith and Renshaw in a matter of 6.3 overs, in comparison with Ishant and Umesh’s 32 wicketless overs.

After the wicket, Kohli attacked with spinners from both ends. Until then Shaun Marsh had played 87 deliveries, scoring 25 runs. Peter Handscomb was his new partner. Australia needed another 55 to take a lead. Full cricket updates: India vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 2

Marsh, who struggled in the series opener, replicated Renshaw’s brand of cricket: try to leave as many balls pitched outside off and hit a four only off a bad delivery. In fact, Australia scored only one aerial boundary. Otherwise, they played traditional Test cricket.

Every time there is a fall of wicket, we sense a collapse. India put Australia in further trouble and dismissed Handscomb and Mitchell Marsh in quick succession. While Ashwin took a stunner to dismiss Handscomb, Ishant trapped Mitchell in front in the last over before tea.

Brief scores:

India 189 (KL Rahul 90, Karun Nair 26; Nathan Lyon 8 for 50) lead Australia 163 for 5 (Matt Renshaw 60, Mitchell Marsh 38*; R Ashwin 1 for 61, Ravindra Jadeja 3 for 32) by 26 runs.

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