Saturday 17 March 2018 / 09:33 PM


Stoic batting performances from young opener Matt Renshaw and maligned veteran Shaun Marsh pushed Australia to a handy lead at the end of Day 2 on Bangalore’s minefield pitch.

Australia finished at 6/237 at stumps, a lead of 48 runs on a rapidly deteriorating wicket.

Resuming on 40 without loss in reply to India’s 189, Australia lost David Warner (33) and Steve Smith (8) to Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja respectively in the first session.

But Renshaw (60 off 196 balls) and Marsh (66 off 197) produced gutsy knocks to frustrate India, whose experienced campaigners repeatedly lost their cool in a fiery day of Test cricket.

Jadeja had Renshaw out stumped and Peter Handscomb (16) caught, before Ishant Sharma trapped the embattled Mitch Marsh for a duck to leave Australia at 5/163.

Shaun Marsh and Matthew Wade (25 not out) combined for a crucial 57-run stand, however, before Marsh became Umesh Yadav’s first victim. Mitchell Starc (14 not out) successfully saw out the remaining six over of the day’s play with Wade.

India’s bungling use of their reviews, along with an incident that saw Ashwin collide with Renshaw, saw the home side’s tempers boil over as they – and not the unfancied visiting Australians – crumbled in the Bangalore cauldron.

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