India v Aus 2nd Test Day 3: Jadeja, Ashwin spin a web as India retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy
India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy yet again as they beat Australia by six wickets in the second Test to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on Sunday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.
Resuming at their overnight score of 61 for one, Australia was bowled out for just 113 in 31.1 overs. India chased down the target of 115 to finish on 118 for four in just 26.4 overs on the third day.
Earlier, Australia lost a wicket in the very first over of the day as Travis Head was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin. Marnus Labuschagne held the innings together for a while as the Indian spinners spun a web around the Aussies. Australia slipped from 95 for four to 95 for seven. Eventually, the innings did not last long as Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin combined to dismiss Australia for just 113 in 31.1 overs. For India the chief wicket-takers were Ravindra Jadeja (7-42) and Ravichandran Ashwin (3-59).
The chase for India started shakily as vice-captain KL Rahul was dismissed early. Then captain Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara combined to add 33 runs for the second wicket. Then Pujara held on as he shared crucial stands with Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and Srikar Bharat. In the end Bharat and Pujara shared an unbroken stand of 30 for the fifth wicket. Pujara hit the winning runs in his 100th Test to seal the win. India now have a 2-0 lead in the four-Test series. India retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy once again and the third Test will now start from March 1 in Indore.
Australia 1st Innings: 263 (78.4)
India 1st Innings: 262 (83.3)
Australia 2nd Innings: 113 (31.1)
Fall of wickets: 2-65 (Travis Head-12.6 ov), 3-85 (Steven Smith-18.6 ov), 4-95 (Marnus Labuschagne-21.4 ov), 5-95 (Matt Renshaw-22.6 ov), 6-95 (Peter Handscomb-23.1 ov), 7-95 (Pat Cummins-23.2 ov), 8-110 (Alex Carey-27.1 ov), 9-113 (Nathan Lyon-29.5 ov), 10-113 (Matthew Kuhnemann-31.1 ov)
India 2nd Innings: 118-4 (26.4)
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (KL Rahul-1.1 ov), 2-39 (Rohit Sharma-6.5 ov), 3-69 (Virat Kohli-18.2 ov), 4-88 (Shreyas Iyer-21.4 ov)
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Kona Srikar Bharat (wicket-keeper), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (wicket-keeper), Pat Cummins (captain), Todd Murphy, Nathan Lyon, Matthew Kuhnemann
Toss: Australia, elected to bat
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Start time: 0400 hrs GMT
Match officials: Michael Gough, Nitin Menon (On-field Umpires); Richard Illingworth (TV Umpire); Anil Chaudhary (Reserve Umpire); Andy Pycroft (Match-referee)
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