Player of the Match
Player of the Match
322dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Ashwin bowls India to series-levelling win

India secured a 75-run win in the second Test in Bengaluru to level the series with Australia 1-1

Match Centre


Best performances - Batsmen

CA Pujara
92(221) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 21 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
12 19 15 10 11 3 6 16
KL Rahul
90(205) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 19 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
12 11 10 7 29 6 3 12

Best performances - Bowlers

NM Lyon
R Ashwin

Scorer: Binoy | Commentator: Sidharth Monga

What a great Test. This comeback from India sets up the series nicely. The final day lived up to its expectations. The whole Test was great. We have people at the ground to report and analyse what happened and what the fallout of this is. Thanks for joining us here, and do come back to read and watch the fallout. Goodbye

"Great Test match," says Steven Smith. "Certainly ebbed and floed throughout. I am proud of the way the boys played it. The partnership between Rahane and Pujara hurt us. They played really well. And we weren't up for it today. It was quite hard to play. Bit up and down with the quicks throughout the match, and that rough outside off. Quite difficult but Test match cricket is not supposed to be easy. A wicket like that, always umpires have to make a lot of calls. Everyone makes mistakes. Not that I am saying they made any. Series is well and truly alive. Great two Tests. Plenty to play for when we go to Ranchi."

"After losing the first Test the way we did," says Virat Kohli. "We wanted to bounce back and not show anyone but ourselves what we are made of. They showed the intent and the belief that we can win from any position. It was about taking responsibility. The way they showed heart and character, along with the crowd, is unbelievable. The moment they did not score big in the second innings, we knew we had a chance. We knew if we got anything over 150, we had a chance. After conceding the lead, Pujara and Rahane had a champion partnership. Two best Test batsmen we have got, so much character and technique and heart. Wriddhi's knock in the end, Ishant's application, that was a bonus. We would have liked anything over 200, we thought from 225 there was only one winner. The moment we got 187, we knew we needed in-out fields, we needed to finish it today. Can't wait for Ranchi. We need to push that momentum further. The team is not going to look back now."

"There is no better place for to perform like I did," says KL Rahul, the Man of the Match. "After that first loss, to come here and do what we did is really really special. we have achieved a lot but this win for a young team will be really really special. I have played all my cricket here. I told them if we get 150 lead we will win by 30. We knew the third day was the best day to bat on, and the approach from us was brilliant. There was a time they said when I get past 20 I get a hundred. That was a problem. Now if we get just fifty, that is a problem. On a serious note, I was disappointed. Openers need to get big runs. This was a disappointment but now that we have won, that disappointment is gone. My shouldr gets quite sore, I can't dive, and I have to restrict a couple of shots. It is not such a bad thing. I can bat within myself. I am enjoying batting with the problem"

Happy Indian team, and happy quotes from them all. We have heard from Ashwin, Yadav, Pujara and Rahane. We are yet to hear from Smith, Kohli and most probably KL Rahul, who should be the Man of the Match

"It was not coming out of the hand all right," says R Ashwin. "I was trying to turn it too hard. One good thing I did was when wickets were not coming, I kept the runs down. We just spoke inside the dressing room to bowl some short spells and keep changing over. That is why we were rotating so we could attack through such short balls."

"We were just trying to hit the deck hard," says Umesh Yadav. "We knew from where the ball was keeping up and down. Every time we were trying to hit the wickets. Always a pleasure playing with Ishant. He gives me ideas on how to bowl."

"We were not thinking too far ahead," says Ajinkya Rahane. "We knew 200 would be tough to get on this pitch. We wanted to unsettle the spinners. We wanted to dominate, not through boundaries, but through singles."

"It is a great feeling to beat Australia," says Cheteshwar Pujara. "The way we were so far behind, it is a great satisfaction. We just wanted a partnership. The balls were staying low. The way Nathan Lyon bowled in the first innings, we needed a Plan B, and we had it. Anything over 200 was almost impossible here. Once we crossed 150, we were confident. When I went in to bat, I never thought about the runs. I just had a positive intent. Now probably we will have the psychological advantage the way we have played."

Ashwin and Kohli, as usual, share the spotlight, but the team makes it a point to thank Jadeja. They must also thank Rahul, Pujara and Rahane. Rahul for keeping them alive with his twin fifties, and Pujara and Rahane for that wicketless session yesterday to put India ahead. This is India's ninth win this season, but might taste the sweetest after the crisis they found themselves in

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Ashwin to Lyon, OUT, Ashwin ends it with a return catch and throws the ball to the moon. Classic offspinners' dismissal to get the rival offspinner out. Tosses this up outside off, draws a drive, beats him in flight and accepts the catch himself

NM Lyon c & b Ashwin 2 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Ashwin to Lyon, 2 runs, Lyon gets off the pair with a thick outside edge past slip

India on the brink of one of their greatest Test wins after having been bowled for 189 on the first day. This will bring the series to life, and will breathe fire into a time that seemed like it was tiring

Ashwin to Handscomb, OUT, that's a 25th five-for for Ashwin. Is this another topspinner? No it is a regulation offbreak. Handscomb tries something desperate with only tail for company. Jumps out of the crease, doesn't get to the pitch of it, and hence tries a slog. The ball, though, explodes from the pitch and stands up to take a massive edge for Saha to claim running a few metres back

PSP Handscomb c †Saha b Ashwin 24 (84m 67b 2x4 0x6) SR: 35.82

Ashwin to Handscomb, no run, tossed up on off, driven back to Ashwin

35 | (wicket maiden) | AUS: 110/8

  • NM Lyon0 (4b)
  • PSP Handscomb24 (65b)
  • RA Jadeja8-5-3-1
  • R Ashwin12-4-39-4
Jadeja to Lyon, no run, expansive drive outside off. The thick edge falls short of cover
Jadeja to Lyon, no run, length ball, angling in, defended off the inside half of the bat

Can India defend?


No. of times India have successfully defended targets of less than 188. Two of those against Australia - 107 at Wankhede in 2004 and 143 at MCG in 1981.

Quick wickets


No. of balls in which India lost 4 wickets - Rahane, Nair, Pujara and Ashwin. In the first Test, they had lost 4 wickets in a span of 8 balls in their first inns.

Rahul's double


No. of openers to score 50+ in both innings of a Test in Bangalore, including Rahul. Other 2: Greenidge (1974) and A Jadeja (1995).

Room for improvement


KL Rahul's average in the 2nd inns in Tests, before this, compared to his 1st inns average of 60.64. His highest score in the 2nd inns is only 38.

Marsh at No. 4


Runs scored by Shaun Marsh at No. 4 position in his last five innings, before today - scores of 0, 0, 0, 2, 16. He has scored a fifty at that position in this innings.

Resolute Renshaw


No. of times Matt Renshaw has faced 100+ deliveries in his 9 Test innings, including this innings.

Ashwin again


No. of times Ashwin has dismissed Warner in 12 Tests - the most he has dismissed any batsman. Also the most Warner has fallen to any bowler.

Opening high for visitors


No. of 50+ opening stands for visiting teams in this Indian home season, including Warner-Renshaw today. The home team has had only 2 such partnerships.