India collapse in Bangalore, Australia set tricky chase

He grabbed six wickets to lead India to a sensational 75-run win against the visitors. The ball went straight to Mitchell Marsh at gully, India were now down to 242/7, leading Australia by a mere 155 runs. However, Ashwin's quality spin bowling was enough to send him back for just 1 run. I am very lucky to take eight wickets. "One good thing I did was when wickets were not coming, I kept the runs down", Ashwin said after the victory. Matt Renshaw was the first Australian batsman to depart, caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha for 5 after Ishant Sharma managed to induce an edge by bowling in the channel outside the off-stump.

It was up to Cheteshwar Pujara and an out of sorts Ajinkya Rahane to revive the innings, and while not many people expected them to do so, they were well up to the task as they put on a partnership of 118 runs, which was the biggest partnership by either side in the entire series.

- Hazlewood's above performance is the joint fifth-best by an Australian fast bowler in Tests on Indian soil - the best being Ray Lindwall's 7 for 43 at Chennai in 1956-57.

Shaun Marsh came out, but he was dismissed for 10, also LBW, after not offering a shot to Yadav. The Australians reviewed the decision but the replays showed "umpire's call" for both the pitching of the ball and for impact on wickets.

It was plumb and Smith, trying to get a clue from the dressing room beyond his 15-second time, got into a brief altercation with rival captain Kohli.

Three balls later, new man Ashwin was gone for 4, as the pitch played its part again for Hazlewood's offside delivery to nip back in and collect the offstump.

In came Karun Nair and he spent no time walking back to the hut. He then proceeded to finish India's notoriously stubborn tail to give his teammates a solid chance of doubling their lead in the series.

Ravichandran Ashwin took 6 wickets in the second innings at Bengaluru, helping India level the four-match Test series.

Ravichandran Ashwin, right, celebrates wicket of David Warner. Australia had earned a dubious distinction (an unwanted record) when they lost six wickets for five runs - 244 for four to 249 all out - vs England at Nottingham in June 1953.

India conceded a first innings deficit of 87 after they were skittled out for 189 before Australia made 276. There have been positives for Australia, which was swept 4-0 on the last tour to India, with left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe taking 12 wickets in Pune and veteran offspinner Nathan Lyon snaring 8-50 in the first innings in Bangalore.

  • Julie Sanders