IND vs AUS 2nd TEST, IND vs AUS 2023

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IND 262(83.3)
India won by 6 wickets 🏆
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24th Over:
= 6
25th Over:
= 8
Last Over:
= 9
This Over:
= 4
Inn 1
Inn 2

Match Bulletins

  • Ashwin removes Head in the first over of the day.

  • Ashwin traps Steve Smith in front. DRS says umpire’s call on wickets.

  • Marnus follows Smudge, chopped back to the stumps off Jadeja.

  • Drinks: Australia - 95/6 in 23.1 overs

  • 8 wickets fell within 28 runs

  • AUS- 113/10 (Jadeja- seven-fer)

  • Unlucky KL Rahul perishes in a freakish manner

  • Pujara avoids the pair in his 100th Test

  • Lunch DAY 3: IND- 14/1, needing 101 runs to win 

  • Rohit takes the attack to the spinners

  • Rohit sacrifices for Pujara in a mix-up

  • Virat gets to his 25,000 International runs in style

  • Murphy made Kohli look silly

  • Drinks, Session 2: IND- 69/3

  • Shreyas tonks the spinners in his brief stay and eventually holes out

  • Bharat’s glorious drives and sweep puts the final nail in the Aussie coffin

  • Pujara finishes it off in style in his 100th Test

  • India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a win of 6 wickets

  • IND- 118/4 (Pujara- 31* and Bharat 23*)

A Test match, getting wrapped within three days is not usual anymore. India continues their dominance in Delhi and maintains their streak at the venue. India leads the series 2-0 and retained the Border Gavaskar Trophy.

As of now, it is time for us to sign off. Arijit Kundu, taking your leave alongside esteemed co-commentator AkshayaKrishna Polya and scorer/analyst Zeeshan Naiyer. Stay tuned to our network for more cricketing extravaganza.
Ravindra Jadeja (Player of the Match): "Yeah, I think I enjoyed my bowling. This kind of wicket suits my style of bowling. It kept low and turned, and I just bowled on the right lengths. I knew they would come out sweeping and reverse sweeping, and that's where I bowled on the stumps. I just kept them simple, wicket-to-wicket and allowed the pitch to do it's tricks. I kept on bowling on the stumps and waited for them to make mistakes, which they did. Not on this wicket, haha (On asked is sweep shot is the safest option against Jadeja)."
Rohit Sharma (India Captain): "Yeah, I mean, fantastic result for us. Looking back at the things yesterday, the way we came back and finished the job was really well. We had to bat second on the pitch but the kinda effort we put in this morning. To come out and get nine wickets and yeah, to go out and finish the job.

On a pitch like this, one can come out and bat differently. The way they played last evening, we knew they would come and play shots.We were mentally prepared for it. We knew the pitch would help. I have seen them, those guys are not used to it. We wanted to wait for them and make the mistakes.

I mean look, every game you play here. There is a bit of moisture in the pitch. What I noticed here, there is a lot to offer in the first session. As the game goes on, it doesn't bites that much. I had a good chat with them [Ashwin and Jadeja]. They have played enough games, in these conditions. It is about keeping it tight, keeping it nice. I left it to them. I
t was about to stay calm and let the mistake happen. 

When you play Test cricket, there are four innings, there are a lot of things to count on. I think the partnership between Jadeja and Virat and between Axar and Aswhin counts. To make 100 runs partnership on that pitch was never easy. Those guys have applied and got us to near the target. Yeah, thank you"
Game changer of the Match: Ravichandran Ashwin
Strongest Performer of the Match: Axar Patel
Pat Cummins (Australia Captain): "Yes, I thought 260 was a good total on the first-day wicket. I think our guys cameback nicely. I think they batted out well. One or two partnerships from their batters levelled the total in the first innings. They did well to get near us. I think we were 80/2, and they were under pressure at that stage. But we slipped up and gave it to them. We will work it out via a few reviews in the drawing room, did we do things right? Both games were disappointing, especially this one. We were ahead of the game, which is unusual in India. This loss hurts." 
2:11 PM IST | Time for presentations...

Session Breakdown (Day 3)

Session 1: 23.1 Overs, 66 Runs, 10 wickets.
Session 2: 22.4 Overs, 104 Runs, 3 wickets

Cheteshwar Pujara: "Yeah, it has been a great Test match. Unfortunately, I didn't get many runs in the first innings. I knew that if I stayed in the crease for a while and played initial balls well, I could do well. It is a special feeling when your family watches you playing the 100th game. I am really happy about the occasion. I was really happy they saw me finish off the match with a boundary.

(When asked about Saurashtra winning Ranji Trophy 2022-23)Oh, is it? Happy for the boys of Saurashtra for winning the Ranji Trophy. I did have an eye on the proceedings till lunch but couldn't see what happened afterwards. Congratulations to all the Saurashtra boys.

Ahh... I thought we might end up chasing 200-250. But kudos to our bowlers for restricting them to such a low score. Yes, the pitch had the turn in it. But you need to apply yourselves and bat according to the merit. I was using my feet well- Going to the back foot when needed and going forward for those full deliveries. It is important for one to use the feet against the spinners. It is those initial phase where you need to be extra careful. Yeah, I knew my strengths and batted accordingly. (When asked about teaching sweep shots to Aussies in their dressing room) Ahh... Not really, at least before the series ends (smiles)."
CREX's Player of the Day: Ravindra Jadeja (12.1-1-42-7) 

His career-best Test figures dismantled Australia and helped India to take a firm control over the proceedings. 
Earlier, Australia batted first and garnered 263 runs in the first innings on the back of Usman Khawaja's 81 off 125 balls and Peter Handscomb's 72 off 142 balls. Pat Cummins played a crucial role, notching up a quickfire of 33 runs and boosting the score past 250. Mohammed Shami returned with four-for. Ashwin and Jadeja bagged three wickets each.

In return, India was in deep waters after the Aussie spinners pushed them on the back foot, and the scorecard displayed 139-7. It was the 114 runs partnership between Axar (74 off 115) and Ashwin (37 off 71) that came to the rescue and India was short by just a solitary run.

Australia started off well on the third session of Day 2 with Travis Head taking an aggressive way. But what happened the next day was something unthinkable with respect to the depth of Australian batting. Within two sessions, the contest got wrapped up with India winning the 2nd Test by six wickets.
1:50 PM IST | India maintains their streak at fortress Delhi, beating Australia by 6 wickets in this second Test and taking an unassailable lead of 2-0 to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Who would've thought the match would get sealed within the second session of Day 3? 

Australia was in control at certain stages of the game but they slipped things off at some crucial junctures. Be it the Axar-Ashwin partnership in India's first innings or allowing the Indian spinners to wreak havoc early this day, the visitors have a lot to work on.

Cheteshwar Pujara must be the man of the moment- hitting the finishing runs and getting to hear the news of his State team, Saurashtra winning the Ranji Trophy.

The session began with two Australian batters -Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, at either end of the crease.

It was the Ashwin-Jadeja tag team that fell heavy on the Aussie batting order. The astute right-arm off-spinner petrified Travis Head in the first over of Day 3, and it was up to Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne to take the tally deep. But it wasn't an ordinary day for the middle-order duo as the two spinners edged past.

Ashwin removed Smith, leg before wicket, and then, Jadeja forced Marnus on the backfoot to yield a chop back onto the trunk. From Renshaw to Handscomb and Carey to Cummins, the middle and lower-middle order got wrapped up in haste. Wickets fell like nine pins and the Australian batting fell short to 113 runs in the third innings of the match.

With a lead of 1 run, 115 was the target for India and they already lost KL Rahul in a freakish fashion before Lunch.

The intent of the Indian batters seemed a bit unusual in the second session as Rohit Sharma took the role of a semi-aggressor. He counter-punched the spinners whenever there was a loosener and ensured two maximums before falling trapped via a run-out.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli had a brisk partnership between them and ticked the scoreboard around. Both the batters glued 30 runs together. Shreyas Iyer arrived in and went back after a few slogs. Eventually, KS Bharat and Cheteshwar Pujara joined hands in hand to steer India past the finishing line. 

26.4 T Murphy to C Pujara
4 FOURRRR!! And Pujara drives India to a victory with a thump towards the long-on region. Full, a bit of revs on it around the middle and leg. Pujara used the feet to perfection, reached the pitch, and clobbered it over the inner circle. Few bounces and into the fences. Pujara stays unbeaten on his 100th Test match and India takes a 2-0 lead💪🏼. They are just one victory away from punching a ticket to the World Test Championship Finals.
26.3 T Murphy to C Pujara
0 89.2 KPH!! Length and wide outside the off. Pujara advances down the track and uses his own body to defend it. This looked ridiculous and weared on the body.
26.2 T Murphy to C Pujara
0 90.5 KPH! Full at the middle and Pujara leans and tucks across the line towards short mid wicket.
26.1 T Murphy to C Pujara
0 Full, flatter at the off. Pujara uses the feet and flicks it to square leg. Signals no run at Bharat.
Srikar Bharat
Cheteshwar Pujara
Travis Head
25.6 T Head to S Bharat
0 Length delivery, spins past the leg peg line. Bharat leaves. Would have been a wide in white ball cricket.