Australian batsmen showed commendable submission to claim the upper-hand against India with an essential 48 run lead in the first innings after scoring 237 for 6 on an engaging second day of the 2nd Test. Young opener Matt Renshaw (60) and experienced Shaun Marsh (66) battled tough adjacent to the Indian spinners. Their fighting half-centuries consolidated Australia’s position in the match.
It is hard to believe that this series is only five days old; such is the drama that has already been witnessed. Such has been the unexpected dominance of Australia that this fifth day of the campaign and the 2nd day in Bengaluru, began with portentous predictions that India’s hopes of repossession the Border-Gavaskar Trophy would be quiet unless they had launched a fight back by stumps.
The mainstay of Australia’s day had been the oldest and youngest members of the side. The 20-year-old opener Matt Renshaw showed maturity and patience in scoring 60 and 33 years old Shaun Marsh recalled for this series was equally courteous of the bowling and taken out 66 of his own. Both men fell as they approached 200 deliveries – their concentration perhaps declining, but they were to be applauded for their efforts.
On a pitch aiding spinners, the left-arm spinner Jadeja (3/49), got to bowl only 17 overs as compared to R. Ashwin (1/75) who bowled 41 overs. Though Ashwin bowled at a tight line and beat the bat, it was Jadeja, who looked like the most fatal among Indian bowlers.
Ravindra Jadeja was using the rough created on both areas of the stumps more effectively but Kohli’s judgment was mysterious as he even gave Karun Nair and over in the end. It was perhaps one of the most intense and interesting days of Test cricket in the current home season where the batting team managed a total of 197 runs from 90 overs in a single day’s game.
At 1st innings lead of 100 runs would be as good as a 175-run lead on this track, which would make it even more complex for Indian batsmen that are already under. Unlike India – Australia had some good partnerships including a 52 run opening stand between David Warner (33) and Renshaw after which the earlier was bowled by a classical off-break from Ashwin.
Steve Smith(8), was dismissed by Wriddhiman Saha taking an incredible catch off Jadeja’s bowling. But the partnership that turned out to be vital was the one between Renshaw and Shaun senior which yielded 52 runs. The pair came together at 82 for 2 and they obsessed more than 25 overs. It was in the way by which they handled Umesh Yadav’s reverse swing and the two spinners which made it difficult for the team.
Renshaw was surprise during his 196-ball stay. He showed solid defensive technique and hit 5 fours and 1 six off Jadeja before being stumped. However, Marsh got an able supporter in Matthew Wade (25*). Both added 57 runs together and got past India’s 1st inning total.
Well, it was a day for both the team as both teams was fighting to save their match in their hand. But it seems the pressure on Indian team; let’s see what could be interesting for the next day playing.