Australia beat India by 4 wickets on day four of the second Test at Gabba to take two-nil lead in the four match series. Chasing a target of 128, Australia lost David Warner and Shane Watson in quick succession before Chris Rogers then played the anchor role and scored his 2nd fifty of the match. Rogers made 55 before becoming Ishant Sharma’s third victim. With 114/3, Indian bowlers created some scare as they took 3 wickets for the next 8 runs. But Mitchell Marsh and the hero of the day Mitchell Johnson sealed the deal for their team to take them two-nil up in the series.
Flexing the Muscles at a crucial time
After posting 408 on board in the first innings, the Indian bowlers had the Aussies on the mat after reducing them for 6-247 at the end of first hour’s play on day 3. The match was tiled towards India favour that time till India let the Aussies off the hook. The bowlers relaxed a bit and Mitchell Johnson pounced on this and made the Indians pay by stitching together a 147 run partnership with skipper Steve Smith who 133. When Johnson was dismissed for 88, Mitchell Starc frustrated India with a half century along with some contributions from Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood. From being 161 runs behind in the first innings at the fall of sixth wicket, Australia managed to get a lead of 97 runs in the first innings which proved to be the turning point.
Captain’s Tactical Blunder
It was MS Dhoni’s tactics that let the team down in the first session on day 3. After Varun Aaron dismissed Brad Haddin with a sharp bouncer which was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at short leg, skipper Dhoni decided to continue with the same length for the newcomer Mitchell Johnson. Johnson looked at ease in that particular period as he managed to score boundaries without much efforts against the short balls. In spite of that, he sticked to the plan and the bowlers bowled according to it. If the bowlers were allowed bowl in their desired lengths, the outcome of the game could have been different.
Big names failed to turn-up
India were badly reliable on few players to come good but they failed to turn-up when they were needed the most. Virat Kohli, who scored twin centuries in the previous match failed to get going and failures of Rohit Sharma in both the innings might have hurted the visitors the most. Cheteshwar Pujara, who is not living up to the promise in overseas conditions for a while, got a start before he was dismissed. With the ball, spearhead Ishant Sharma’s inability to pick regular wickets hurt them badly. Adding to the woes, all the other bowlers too failed to live up to the expectations.
Bowlers leaking away runs
Indian bowling has been their biggest worry whenever India tours overseas. Once again it happened as the bowlers were sent on a leather hunt by the Aussie batsmen. India’s decision to go in with both Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron backfired as both the bowlers leaked away some runs along with the senior bowler Ishant Sharma. Spinner R Ashwin, who replaced Karn Sharma from the first test too failed to produce some wickets. In the first innings, all the four primary bowlers went for over 100 runs each in their spells.
Lack of Experience
India narrowly missed out a chance to beat the Aussies at Adelaide as they lost the test by 48 runs. Chasing 128, the Australians almost choked as the bowlers struck in regular intervals but in the end, went on to win by 4 wickets. This clearly showed that India lacked the experience that they need to have with them in going for the kill against the Aussies at their home. This young Indian team is bound to do well in the future as they just need some experience under their belt.