Phew! So that is it from us for this game. It was a fantastic exhibition of Test cricket and showed one and all that hard work does not go waste if you are ready to go out of your comfort zone. Australia came well prepared and looked set for a series win before India woke up just in time to comeback in the series. The next Test starts on 16th March, in Ranchi. Join us for that game, action begins 0930 local time (0400 GMT). Cheers!
Man of the Match, KL Rahul says that he was delighted to play well on his home ground. Admits that the first Test loss did hit them hard and calls it a proud moment for them winning here as it would give a lot of confidence to this young Test side. Confesses that he knows the wicket and was confident that a target of over 150 was always going to be a good one. (On not converting the starts) Calls it disappointing and hopes to improve. Adds that they are going to enjoy the win today and think about Ranchi from tomorrow. (On the shoulder injury) Says that it restricted him a bit and he had to cut down on a few shots. Ends by saying that if the restriction makes him a better batsman than he does not mind it at all.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli feels that the guys wanted to bounce back after the loss at Pune. Applauds his teams for putting up such a brilliant performance. Adds that the first session on the second day was the turning point. Also adds that they knew the conditions well. States that they have been having a close look at the relaid pitch as no team has been able to chase a total in the excess off 120. Acknowledges the fact that Pujara and Rahane are the best Test players in the side and they showed their caliber. Praises Saha and Ishant for the grit and determination they showed in the middle. Ends by saying that the Ranchi Test would be a crucial one and they cannot wait for it to start.
Australian skipper, Steve Smith feels that it was a great Test match. Says that he enjoyed the match a lot. Emphasizes on the fact that the partnership between Pujara and Rahane hurt them a lot. Applauds Ashwin for his beautiful bowling performance in the fourth innings. Feels that the pitch was a really difficult one to bat on. Opines that the umpires have a really tough job in the middle and it wasn't an easy pitch to umpire on. Ends by saying that they would be looking forward to the upcoming matches.
The pacers set it up for India taking the cream out of the Australian batting line-up. Warner and Shaun Marsh will rue their close DRS calls while Smith got out to a grubber. Ravichandran Ashwin, who did not make an impact so far in the series, stepped up and registered yet another five-wicket haul to seal the win for India and thereby staying alive in the series. Phew, what a game, what a hard fought contest.
Australia then once again roared back in the game with the second new ball. Josh Hazlewood taking 6/67 with Starc chipping in with 2/74. The target for Australia was 188, thanks to the 92 from Pujara and 52 from Rahane. The visitors began well with every batsman coming out playing their shots to put pressure back on India.
Australia having got a 87-run lead would have hoped for another collapse but it did not come immediately. KL Rahul once again lead India well with a fifty but his wicket triggered a mini-collapse. India once again were in trouble and it was the pair of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane who bailed India out with a solid 118-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Let's go back in time a bit, India won the toss and would have hoped to bat big but more shock awaited them as Lyon ran through their batting line-up taking 8/50. Rahul was the top scorer with a brilliant 90. India looked out of the game when Australia looked set for a big score with Renshaw and Shaun Marsh going great. India had an unusual bowling innings with Jadeja who bowled the least, took 6/63.
What a game of cricket! They say it is the game of glorious uncertainties and this Test match just proved that. It also showed that you do not need flat decks for a thrilling game of cricket. India emerge victorious in what has been a really hard fought game of cricket.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Nathan Lyon
OUT ALL OVER! INDIA WIN BY 75 RUNS! Tossed up delivery outside off, Lyon gets to the pitch of the ball and mistimes his drive back to the bowler. Ashwin makes no mistake and he takes an easy return catch to wrap up the match for India. 6/41 for him in the innings and India have roared back in the series.
Floated outside off, Lyon gets an outside edge through the slip region for a couple.
Josh Hazlewood is the last man in.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Peter Handscomb
OUT! Another one bites the dust! Floated outside off, Handscomb dances down the track and goes for a heave on the leg side. The ball flies off the top edge and balloons behind the stumps. Saha moves a bit to his left and takes a sitter. Ashwin registers yet another fifer under his name, his 25th in Tests. Handscomb has to depart and Indian players on the field are ecstatic. The crowd is up on their feet and have started celebrating. India are one wicket away from victory.
Fuller on the stumps, PH drives it back to the bowler.
Ravindra Jadeja to Nathan Lyon
Floated outside off, Lyon uppishly drives it towards the fielder at covers.
Lyon prods forward and defends it well.
Floated in the line of the stumps, Lyon stays deep in his crease to defend it well.
Lyon prods forward and defends it.
Nathan Lyon is the new man in.
Ravindra Jadeja to Steve O'Keefe
OUT! Jadeja gets his first! Tossed up in the line of the stumps, Steve O'Keefe prods forward in defence but the ball stays low. He is totally beaten by it and the ball goes through the gate to rattle the stumps. The batsman has to walk back and India need only two more wickets to win this match.