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Johnson, Rogers Take Australia To Nervous Victory

Johnson, Rogers Take Australia To Nervous Victory
Mitchell Johnson showed some fiery display of top-notch pace bowling as he got rid of the Indian middle order.
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India 224 (Johnson 4-64) & 408
Australia 130-6 (Rogers 55) & 505 (Smith 133) won by four wickets
Second Test, Brisbane, day four

Mitchell Johnson's return to form with the ball and a steady half century from Chris Rogers scripted a nervous four wicket win for Australia in Brisbane.

India faced a huge setback before the start of play on day four as overnight batsman Shikhar Dhawan injured his wrists during net practice which forced Virat Kohli to begin the days proceedings with Cheteshwar Pujara.

Mitchell Johnson showed some fiery display of top-notch pace bowling as he got rid of Virat Kohli (1), Ajinkya Rahane (10) and Rohit Sharma (0) in quick succession to leave India reeling at 86 for four.

Josh Hazlewood then removed skipper MS Dhoni (0) as India sunk further.

Cheteshwar Pujara (43) found some support in Ravichandran Ashwin (19) before Mitchell Starc (2-27) removed Ashwin caught behind.

Shikhar Dhawan (81) came back to bat and impressed with a gritty fifty as he along with Umesh Yadav (30) ensured India got the lead past 100-run mark.

Nathan Lyon (2-33) removed Varun Aaron (3) as Mitchell Johnson scalped Umesh Yadav (30) who helped India set a target of 128 runs with his little cameo at the end.

Australia lost Warner (6) and Watson (0) early in the chase to Ishant Sharma to give the Indian camp a ray of hope during the tea break.

However, the ever-reliable Steven Smith joined Rogers as the duo put on a quick 63-run stand in 49 balls to push India on to the back foot.

Rogers (55) brought up his seventh Test half-century before edging one to Dhawan at second slip off Ishant Sharma.

Steven Smith (28) having survived a drop chance by Virat Kohli earlier in his innings was run-out off a no-ball while Shaun Marsh (17) and Brad Haddin (1) continued their poor run as Umesh Yadav (2-46) gave another glimmer of hope to the Indian dressing room.

Mitchell Marsh (6) came to Australia's rescue as they survived the late jitters to reach the target with four wickets in hand.

Australia has now taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series as India continues to battle its overseas woes.

The third Test is scheduled to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26.

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