India vs Australia: Visitors Seize Initiative With 48-Run Lead In Bengaluru

India fought back valiantly on the second day of the second Test in Bangalore, but Australia still retained the upper hand going into the third day as they hold a 48-run lead.

"Last game was a disappointment in the way we played".

First of all, most of the analysts had predicted an Indian sweep this series only to witness Team India being thrashed.

Kohli could easily have been made a fool had his bowlers not backed him up but they responded to their captain with a near flawless display with the ball.

"But it's about embracing different conditions and challenges that we get".

"If you play well every day, every session, then you will win the test match".

After India's batting failure in the 1st test match and with Bengaluru pitch expected to be flatter, Karun Nair looks the likely option.

The crowd turned up in good numbers to support Team India and they might have been entertained with some war of words between Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.

Matt Renshaw and Shaun Marsh are both tall left-handed Australian batsmen but that's essentially where the similarities stop.

Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets in the middle session and Ishant Sharma struck with the last ball to keep India in contention as Australia grafted to 163-5 at tea on Sunday, just 26 in arrears on the first innings.

Renshaw put up stubborn resistance with his 196-ball 60 before falling to Jadeja's spin. I was just trying to enjoy it and laugh at what he was saying because some of it was quite amusing. Jadeja saw Renshaw emerge from his crease and fired the ball down the leg side as wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha completed the stumping in quick time.

"There was a bit of talk but I think that's because they're trying to unnerve each other (Smith and Kohli) and get under the skin", he said. "I'm trying to just enjoy it out there and have fun", said the left-hander. He was just saying that I might need to run off and go to the toilet again, which happened in Pune.

Australia were able to reach 40/0 by stumps on the first day, looking to take a 2-0 lead in the four match series.

"He was just reminding me to run off and go to the toilet again which happened in Pune, so it was quite amusing". "Hopefully we can do that and take few early wickets".

"In a way, it was a victory for us and we bowled tight lines".

  • Julie Sanders