Marsh and Renshaw hit fifties to give Australia lead
Mar 07 2017 by Kelly Saunders
India suffered a spectacular second innings collapse on the fourth day of the second Test against Australia, going from 238 for 4 to 274 all out in seventy minutes.
Hazlewood ended the stay of Cheteshwar Pujara for a fine 92, caught at gully by Mitch Marsh. Karun Nair, Pujara and R Ashwin followed in the next eight balls. He trapped the Mumbai batsman with a fuller delivery that would have gone on to hit middle and leg and the review confirmed that. "I've played a lot of cricket here, it's my home and I know the third day is the best to bat", he said.
India's plan of setting a target of 300 runs for Australia in the second Test was scuppered in spectacular fashion thanks to a devastating spell from Australian pacers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.
Wriddhiman Saha who made an unbeaten 20 tried to do his best hitting a huge six off Starc but Umesh Yadav was out soon caught by Warner at mid-off off Hazlewood for 1 and the last man out was Ishant Sharma (4). As India needs to get back into the game, they will look for wickets for which they will bank on their bowlers to take wickets up-front to put pressure on the opposition in the must-win game. With the Aussies leading by 48 and counting, on a surface that's proving tricky, Pujara, having batted on the first morning, realises the need for a quick wrap of the visitors' innings on the morrow before a better batting show in the second, as the only way for a comeback. India were on the right track but a couple of wickets here and there, India were pegged back.
Despite Australia taking control of the second Test, Pujara believes his side are far from finished in the ongoing game while adding that there immediate goal is to grab the remaining wickets and put up a good second-innings total.
Rahul, with 90 & 51, has achieved the distinction of scoring a fifty-plus in each innings of a Test match for the first time.
Jadeja enjoys an impressive record vs Australia - his tally being 35 at 17.74 runs apiece at a strike rate of 46.6 in six Tests. Had Australian captain Steve Smith not dropped Pujara on four though, it could very well have been a different story.
Lokesh Rahul and Abhinav Mukund moved India to lunch unscathed and chipped 38 runs out of that lead before the meal break.
Lyon (0/69) was subdued to a shy cat this time out as Rahul and Pujara ensured close-in fielders Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb, both alert for those touches off the backfoot, were kept waiting.