Ravichandran Ashwin took 6/41 as India effected a famous win by 75 runs over Australia in the second Test at Bengaluru on Tuesday. Chasing 187, Australia were bowled out for 112. They had earlier bowled India out for 274 in their second innings.

Here’s how the day played out:

3.32 pm: And that’s it from us. Enthralling, engrossing Test cricket at its very best. Well done to both teams, especially to India for the way they fought back. See us again for the third Test, staring on March 16 in Ranchi!

3.25 pm: And finally, the presentation ceremony...

Steve Smith: We were outplayed but proud of the way we competed. Pitch was difficult but Test cricket isn’t supposed to be easy. The afternoon didn’t go to plan.

Virat Kohli: We wanted to bounce back, not to show anyone else, but ourselves that we can compete. The comeback started on Day 2 with the way our bowlers bowled. We got the momentum there and knew we had a chance. It’s 1-1 now and can’t wait to go to Ranchi. Game on.

KL Rahul is the Player of the Match with his two fifties (90 and 51): Big win for young India. Pune loss hit us hard. All disappointment of missing out on a hundred has gone with the win.

The winning moment for Team India:

3.15 pm: Some reactions from a very happy Indian team. “Great to win after being so far behind,” says Pujara, who starred with a gutsy 92 that took the match back India’s way. “We knew 200 would be tough to get” says Rahane who played the perfect sidekick’s role with Pujara. As for Ashwin? “I kept the runs down when the wickets were not coming” he said. And Umesh Yadav mentions that they just wanted to hit the deck hard.

This is the fifth-lowest target defended by India.

3.03 pm: THAT’s IT! VICTORY FOR INDIA. Chips it back to Ashwin, Lyon, and that’s six wickets for Ashwin. Bowled out for 112 and India win by 75 runs! What a Test, what a victory, and what a match!

3.02 pm: Swings for the trees and is OUT. Desperation from young Handscomb there but he can’t be blamed. Gets a top edge and Saha snags it. Five-wicket haul for Ashwin again. Australia 110/9.

3.01 pm: Spare a thought for Nathan Lyon as he’s walked out. Took dream figures of 8/50 in the first innings. Bowled India out for below 200. Unbelievable how India have come back. He’ll be crushed that such an amazing spell has been negated like this.

2.59 pm: EIGHT DOWN. Jadeja finally gets one. Keeps low and beats Steve O’Keefe’s defence completely. 110/8.

2.58 pm: Ashwin gets a maiden. Australia 110/7. Need 79 more. I doubt India will panic unless it goes below 50. Then there might be a few nerves.

2.48 pm: Finally a few runs for Australia. Four runs off that over and the total moves to 107/7, with another 82 runs to get.

Hahaha, Mrs. Ashwin has time for a few smiles. This is in reference to Ashwin’s send-off to Starc. Ashwin was mimicking what Starc had done to Ashwin’s Tamil Nadu teammate Mukund.

2.45 pm: Who’d have thought this turnaround would have happened after Lyon took 8/50 on the first day? What a battling performance from India. But is it all over? Can Handscomb ensure one final twist? Stays at 103/7

2.38 pm: THROUGH THE GATE. Ashwin, you beauty. Starc had nothing to do with that. It just went through his defence and castled the stumps. Australia fall further. This should be quickly over now. 103/7.

2.35 pm: We’ve restarted after tea. Can Mitchell Starc hit a quick-fire 50 like the first Test? That could win Australia the Test....and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia 103/6, need 85 to win.

Long live Test cricket. What a contest.

Very naughty from Steve Smith. That’s not done at all and he should know better.

2.10 pm: GONE, GONE, GONE! Six down at tea. Ashwin gets Matthew Wade who edges down to his feet and Wriddhiman Saha take a diving catch. Is that the match? Australia go into tea at 101/6, still 87 runs away. And it’s a long shot. This looks to be India’s match to lose now.

2.05 pm: Gone! Ashwin gets Mitchell Marsh and that’s tea. Couldn’t keep on resisting. It was bat-pad and Karun Nair snaggled it. Australia 101/5, need another 87 runs.

And again Mitchell Marsh disappoints.

2.00 pm: The runs required go below 100. Oh my. Nice flowing boundary from Handscomb through the covers off Ishant. Gets a single to boot off the next ball. Marsh hits a sweet, sweet straight drive next ball. Pokes a boundary through third man last ball. Australia may be four down but they’re going to go for the runs. Australia 98/4, need 90 more to win. Just past the half-way point.

Can the much-derided, much-hated Mitchell Marsh win Australia the match and the series?

1.52 pm: Much-needed boundaries in that over from Umesh Yadav. Gets the score up to 84. Australia needed that to give themselves some chance. They’re 84/4, need 104 more.

Also, does Virat remind you of someone?

1.44 pm: Another close lbw shout. India reviewed but it was umpire’s call. So one review down for each team. Australia are 75/4 and 188 looks a long way away now. 113 to be exact.

Pendulum has swung India’s way completely. What an absorbing match.

And someone’s a fan of the Virat school of things! High praise coming from him.

1.40 pm: OUT! Steve Smith is trapped lbw by Umesh Yadav! Comes low, plumb in front. Some words exchanged and even Smith looked at his dressing room for an indication which is clearly not allowed. He doesn’t review. Australia are 74/4 and sinking.

I reckon that is the key wicket. I don’t think Australia can get back from this.

1.30 pm: Handscomb copped quite a blow on his thigh from that Umesh delivery, but soliders on. It’s a maiden regardless so India won’t be too worried. Australia 71/3.

A very interesting explanation on the Marsh non-review. Yes, off-field pressure does take its toll.

1.27 pm: Jadeja zips through for a one-run over. They are 71/3, need 117. You have to think Australia are just about holding on here. The Shaun Marsh dismissal was unlucky but they’ve tried and have got to have a good partnership going.

1.21 pm: The ball-tracker says the Marsh delivery would have missed the stumps by a long way. He didn’t review. He should have. So even Australia can screw up their reviews. Is it pressure talking? Australia 68/3, need 120

1.17 pm: WICKET! Three down. Shaun Marsh shoulders arms to an Umesh Yadav in-dipper and he’s adjudged lbw! No review from Marsh this time, but maybe he should have. He goes for 9. India in this by a long way. 67/3.

1.09 pm: Another six-run over from Ashwin. Steve Smith looks the key batsman here. He’s looked in good touch and been largely untroubled, though that’s an understatement considering the nature of this surface and match. They are 65/2, need 123 to win. The first target will be to get the chase below 100.

1.07 pm: Jadeja into the attack. Took six in the first dig, remember, despite being under-bowled. Gets a maiden. Australia 59/2, need 129.

Ashwin conceded six runs in the last over. India have to plug these runs. This could get away.

1.00 pm: Expensive over from Umesh. But he got a Smith edge which was dropped by Kohli at slip. Touch chance, but well...you know. Australia 53/2, need 135 more.

I’m still a little confused about that Warner dismissal. It looked clearly hitting outside the line of off stump so dunno how DRS says “Umpire’s Call”. Ah well.

12.53 pm: GONE! Warner is given out. Big wicket. Can’t nail the sweep this time and he’s given out. He reviews and there are a couple of yellows, but the original call remains. India have got a key player out. Warner’s bad run continues. Australia 42/2.

12.51 pm: Australia have now moved on to 42/1 off 9 overs. A run rate close to five. It’s a good, breezy start but they’ve lost Renshaw and need to keep their heads around them. Need 146 more.

12.44 pm: SIX. Emphatic intent from Warner. Goes down the ground, swings over mid-wicket and gets it big. He will now be dictated to. Australia 40/1, need 148.

12.41 pm: Ishant concedes two off that over. Man, it’s so tight. So tense. Australia 31/1, need 157.

This was that spell:


12.36 pm: Spicy over from Ashwin. Got one to bounce up to Warner who took a single. Then Steve Smith showed real positive intent, sweeping him first ball for a boundary and then driving him for two. Australia 29/1, need 159 more to win.

12.31 pm: GONE! First one down for Australia. Brilliant from Ishant, kept nagging away and finally takes Renshaw’s edge. Australia 22/1.

12.29 pm: Ashwin tests Warner out thoroughly in that over. Almost a repeat of his first innings dismissal but the ball missed off-stump. Sharp turn conceded another round of four byes. And we have an interruption because the Spider-Cam is jammed above the batsman and it’s not moving. Very bad timing. Australia 22/0 in 4 overs.

12.20 pm: Five runs off this over from Ishant but a brilliant last two balls. Almost squared Renshaw up with a jaffa that just moved away. The caught-behind shout wasn’t given but should India have gone for the lbw review? Who knows. Australia 18/0.

12.15 pm: Ashwin concedes seven in that over, given the new ball over Umesh. First ball went for four byes. Warner and Renshaw took singles. Australia 13/0.

12.10 pm: And we’re off. Ishant’s line wasn’t the best off the first three balls, he bowled a wide as well, but but off the fourth ball, he got Renshaw’s edge which went through vacant gully for four. Betters his length, makes it fuller. Australia 6/0.

12.05 pm: This match is also suspiciously reminiscent of Sri Lanka vs India, Galle 2015. India were set 176 to win the Test. They were bowled out for 112, Rangana Herath taking 7/48.


12.00 pm: Well, well....Australia’s target of 188 will not be easy. Only four scores higher than this have ever been chased down against India in India. None of them came after 2000 and the last instance was coincidentally Australia doing it in Bangalore in 1998.


The predictions are coming, thick and fast.

11.26 am: GONE! Finally, Ishant’s patience runs out. Uppish drive to O’Keefe and gives a catch to Shaun Marsh. India 274 all out and Australia need 188 to win the 2nd Test and take a 2-0 lead in the series. They’ll start their innings after lunch.

Just to point out, it’s another collapse for India. The last-wicket partnership made it a little more palpable but India still lost their last six wickets for 36 runs.

11.25 am: Oh Hazlewood. Tests Wriddhiman with a testing over. Gets one to scoop up but David Warner can’t cling on to a tough chance. Partnership has now lasted 57 balls and put on 16 runs. India 274/9, lead by 187.

11.17 am: Hazlewood thought he had got Ishant Sharma there but umpire’s call saves him. Close call there. Vital runs being done here. India 273/9, lead 186.

11.15 am: Ishant doesn’t look a No. 11 at all. And he looks to be at ease against Nathan Lyon. Three runs off that over. India are slowly getting that lead close to 200 and that could be vital..272/9, lead 185.

Here is Saha’s first Test century:


Ishant deserves praise:

11.07 am: Saha solidly keeping Hazlewood at bay. When will it start irritating Australia? Last wicket has put on 11 valuable runs. Could be gold. Ishant has also looked a solid force.

11.04 am: Good batting from Ishant. Sweeps Lyon for a boundary and takes a single. He doesn’t look too bothered. The lead crosses 180. India 268/9, lead is 181.

11.00 am: Saha gets a valuable boundary off the last ball off the Starc over. India move to 262/9, lead is 175.

This must be directed at Umesh....

10.52 am: Well done, Ishant. His defence is looking very compact. Far better than Umesh Yadav, at least. Plays out six balls. Maiden but India won’t be worried. India 258/9.

10.49 am: Maiden over. Saha doesn’t take the single off the first four balls and can’t get it off the last two. India stay at 258/9, lead 171. And Hazlewood has six balls at Ishant.

10.41 am: NINE DOWN. Umesh Yadav needed just a single, he went for some expansive off-drive but only gave a simple catch to Warner. Six for Hazlewood. India 258/9, lead is 171.

10.38 am: Well, well. All happening now. Saha has gone on the offensive and hit a four off Starc off the first ball of the over. Third ball, it hit a crack and was just saved by Wade. Saha is trying to farm the strike and he hits a six off the last ball, an attempted yorker which became a full-toss. All these runs are vital. India 258/8, 171.

10.30 am: FIVE WICKETS FOR HAZLEWOOD. Now he gets Ravichandran Ashwin. Bowled him! India 246/8!

10.25 am: Now Hazlewood! Gets sharp bounce and Pujara only fends away. He’s gone for 92. India 242/7, lead is 155.

10.21 am: OHH, BEAUTIFUL. THE BIG IN-SWINGER FROM STARC DESTROYS KARUN NAIR’S STUMPS. He goes for a golden duck. Two in two for Starc. Are Australia back in this? India 238/6.

10.18 am: The good news for India is that the lead has crossed 150. The bad news? RAHANE FALLS FOR 52. The in-swinger from Starc finally, finally gives India the wicket. Partnership of 118 ends. India 238/5, lead is 151.

It was a brilliant half-century from Rahane and his celebration was typically unrestrained.

Well, Rahane has showed them, right? As they say, form is temporary and class....

10.10 am: Hazlewood had a quiet over. One lbw shout where Pujara had padded but it wasn’t coming back enough. Frustration is evident on Australia’s faces now. A Starc delivery hits a crack and bounces over the cordon to be called a wide! India 235/4, lead 148 runs.

Eased out really? Doesn’t look like it!

10.00 am: First boundary of the morning. And it comes from Rahane who hits the bright new red ball from Starc for a lovely cover boundary and gets his fifty in the process. Good batting and good recovery after the first delivery kept low and almost took out the off-stump. Missed by a whisker. Australia will feel their luck is deserting them. Catches not going to hand, edges not carrying, stumps being missed, lbws being overturned. Another Starc delivery keeps low but doesn’t hit the off-stump/ What does Australia do to get a wicket? India 232/4, lead 145.

9.53 am: Rahane is skipping down the track with abandon. He was lucky to get an edge on one which hit his pad but didn’t go to hand. The good thing is both these batsmen are watching till the end and getting the bat in front of their pads. So, no bat-pads or lbw shouts. And the lead is 137. India 224/4.

Here’s a list of chances Pujara gave at the beginning of his knock. A edge hit keeper Wade’s pad but spooned up into no-man’s land. Another edge went to the left of Smith who only managed to get a hand. Rahane gave a chance to leg-slip but a jumping David Warner only got one hand. Yes, India have been lucky this innings but so was Steve Smith in that second innings.

9.47 am: Definitely a much more disciplined line and length from Lyon so far. He looks to have regained some of that rhythm from the first dig where he took a career-best 8/50. Has had an edge and close lbw shout already this morning. Needs to get that final knockout blow. Till now, India survive. 221/4, lead 134.

The pitch has woken up again, it seems and both parties are saying it!

9.43 am: PUJARA SURVIVES! Caught in front of his stumps and the umpire gave it. He went for the review and this time it was a good one. Replays showed it would have missed leg stump completely. Decision overturned. It’s all going India’s way here. They stay 220/4.

Pujara has been the bane of Australia’s existence earlier as well:


9.38 am: Oh, something happening. Bat-pad from Pujara but it fell just short of Handscomb. Well one chance for Australia there. Otherwise, it’s been a pretty easy morning for India. Runs coming pretty easily. India 220/4, lead 133.

India have a 65 percent chance of winning this Test. But it’s fluctuated wildly through this match.

9.33 am: No morning hiccups in the first over. Pujara and Rahane coolly keep it out and keep things simple. India 215/4, lead 128.

Character is the key word

9.00 am: Good morning! Welcome to our live coverage from Day 4 of the second Test between India vs Australia.

First things first. It’s not raining. It rained in the evening in Bengaluru yesterday but it’s not raining now though. Hopefully the rain will stay away through the day.

It was India’s day yesterday and they finally turned up in the series. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane showed gumption and intent to slowly but surely turn the game India’s away. Their unbeaten 93-run partnership saved India from all sorts of trouble. A lead of 126 is already substantial on this surface.

The other big talking point from Day 3 was the controversial leg-before-wicket call of Virat Kohli. Was it bat before pad? Pad before bat? Check for yourself: