IN PICS: Australia take the upper hand

Riding on opener Matt Renshaw's gritty half-century and Shaun Marsh's maiden fifty in India, Australia posted 237 for the loss of 6 wickets at the end of second day's play in the second Test at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

David Warner and Mathew Renshaw, who was the most impressive of the Australian batsmen, looked more intent towards safeguarding their wickets than look for quick runs as Ashwin produced a superb spell in the morning 10-5-8-1 in the first session.

Starc was unbeaten on 14 from 19 balls at stumps, and Wade was not out on 25. They bowled fast and accurate asking questions to the Australian batsman all the time.

The ball had pitched outside leg, and crashed into the off-stump, and Warner (33, 67b, 3x4) was done in by the magical delivery.

One can not take anything away from the two Indian pacers Ishant Sharma (1/39 in 23 overs) and Yadav (1/57 in 24 overs), who bowled their hearts out with little success.

Aussies could only manage 47 runs in the 29 overs and lost two wickets.

India's woes with DRS continued and it was quite evident on day two that Virat Kohli has little clue or lacks support from his close-in fielders when it comes to reviews.

Ashwin produced the first breakthrough in the sixth over of the day sending back unsafe David Warner (33) with a beauty of a delivery.

The other Marsh, Shaun, had a better time of it as he attempted a salvage mission, reaching his half-century off 162 balls.

Smith tried to defend against Jadeja, but found his inside edge lob up off the pad and saw the wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha run around to his left to complete the catch.

Jadeja got two more wickets, putting the visitors through their paces as they trailed by 26 runs. But the partnership that turned out to be crucial was the one between Renshaw and Marsh senior which yielded 52 runs.

The left-handed opener, who had scored 68 in the first innings in Pune, looked ready to accelerate after hitting Jadeja for the first six of the match, but the bowler got his revenge two balls later.

Though Australia might have taken 48-run lead, India bowlers showed real fighting spirit on day 2.

  • Julie Sanders