Matt Renshaw (60) and Shaun Marsh (66) ensured that Australia remained ahead on Day 2 of the second Test Match in Bengaluru. It was a hard fought day as the two of the world's best Test teams struggled to gain advantage with only 197 runs being scored in the day. Indians had not only Australians to fight but also their bad luck which ensured that the edges fell short of the fielders, no-balls being bowled and reviews being wasted, which ultimately resulted in a 48-run lead to the visitors.
The Sunday crowd at Bengaluru was treated with a fabulous day of Test cricket. Indians took the field with intent and carried it all the way to the stumps. Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav both, produced brilliant spells of fast bowling. Yadav, especially, was unlucky with as many as three edges of Renshaw went flying through the slip cordon for boundaries. The Indian bowlers strangled the flow of runs and gave nothing away as was evident by the fact that Australians toiled hard to score 47 runs off the 29 overs bowled in the first session which saw some very funny moments exchanged between Indian bowlers and Aussie batsmen. Here's a glimpse of a funny exchange between Ishant and Smith-
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Ashwin castled David Warner (33) in the sixth over of the day with the score at 52. Smith (8 of 52 balls), along with Renshaw, almost saved the session for Australia but the skipper was dismissed fifteen minutes before lunch by Jadeja when he was caught bat-pad. Matt Renshaw was excellent as he showed tremendous fighting spirit as Australia went to Lunch at 87-2, trailing by 102 runs.
Renshaw, along with Shaun Marsh, continued Aussie resistance after Lunch as India tried to break through the Aussie batting order. India came close enough to picking up a wicket on many occasions but they weren't lucky enough to get that. Jadeja finally got rid of Renshaw who was undone by some brilliant glove-work by Saha for a well made 60.
20 year old Renshaw has now faced 350 balls in this series; the most by any player & more than Kohli, Pujara & Rahane combined. #IndvAus
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Handscomb came out with an intent to score and using his feet to great effect kept picking up singles until he was caught brilliantly by Ashwin of the bowling of Jadeja for a score of 16. India finished the session on a high with the wicket of Mitchell Marsh coming on the last ball before Tea when he was trapped by an Ishant Sharma delivery which kept very very low. Australia were 163/5 at Tea.
Shaun Marsh and Matthew Wade, with some luck going their way, took the visitors past the Indian total of 189 with their 57-run stand. Marsh, vindicating his selection, completed his sixth Test fifty but he was dismissed by Umesh Yadav for a gritty 66. Wade (25*) and Starc (14*) took Australia to 237/5 at the stumps on Day 2.
With Australia already leading by 48 runs and three full days remaining in the Test, Indian bowlers need to wrap Australia up as quickly as possible on Day 3 while their batsmen need to take a leaf out of Renshaw's book to put up an improved batting performance in the second innings.
Brief Scores: Australia 237/6 ( Shaun Marsh 66, Renshaw 60, Jadeja 3-49) lead by 48 runs against India 189 ( Rahul 90, Lyon 8-50)