In what has been a thrilling start to the 4-match Test series between India and Australia, India has emerged as the clear favorite after winning the first two matches of the series. The second match saw India pull off a sensational victory, as they chased down a small target of 117 runs to win the match by 6 wickets. With the win, India has taken a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.
The match was played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, and it was Australia who won the toss and opted to bat first. They scored a decent 263 runs in their first innings, with Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb top-scoring for them with 81 and 72 runs respectively. India responded with a score of 262 in their first innings, with Axar Patel top-scoring with 74 runs.
Australia’s second innings proved to be disastrous, as they were bundled out for just 113 runs. Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne were the only batsmen to put up any resistance, with scores of 43 and 35 respectively. India’s spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin wreaked havoc on the Australian batsmen, with Jadeja taking 7 wickets and Ashwin taking 3.
India chased down the target of 117 with relative ease. Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara batted beautifully to steer India to a comfortable six-wicket victory.
Sharma, who was leading the team, played a captain’s knock, scoring 31 off just 20 deliveries before being run out. His aggressive approach put pressure on the Australian bowlers right from the start, and he provided the much-needed impetus to India’s innings.
Pujara, on the other hand, played a patient knock, scoring an unbeaten 31 off 74 deliveries. He held the innings together, ensuring that India did not lose any more wickets, and saw the team through to victory.
Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy were the picks of the bowlers for Australia, with Lyon taking two wickets and Murphy taking one. However, their efforts were not enough to stop India from reaching the target comfortably.
India’s run-chase was a great one, with both Sharma and Pujara showing great maturity and composure under pressure. The win in the second Test not only gave India a commanding 2-0 lead in the series but also showed that the Indian team is capable of chasing down any target when needed.
Man of the match
Ravindra Jadeja’s outstanding performance with the ball and the bat earned him the Player of the Match award in the second Test of India vs Australia series. The all-rounder showcased his performance and proved a valuable asset to the Indian cricket team.