After being on the back-foot for the first two days of the Bengaluru Test, India pulled off a sensational win as they defended a modest target of 188 to beat Australia by 75 runs. With the win, Virat Kohli’s side have levelled the four-match series 1-1.
The home team was in a huge spot of bother on the penultimate day of the Test when the Australian pacers -Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood- wreaked havoc with the second new ball, as they combined for 5-20 in the space of only 18 balls. India were all out for 274 after starting the day on 213 for 4.
However, the world number one team bounced back after the lunch, taking six wickets in the session before finishing the match half an hour after the tea. Steve Smith’s men resumed the third session on 101 for 6 but lost their remaining four wickets for only 11 runs as India emerged victorious by 75 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin, who was having an average series so far, was the wrecker-in-chief finishing with 6-41.
The win will surely act as a confidence-booster for Virat Kohli’s men after they suffered a humiliating 333-run defeat in the series opener.
Speaking at the post-match presser, Kohli said:“Especially after the way we lost the first Test, we wanted to prove ourselves. Today the boys showed their heart and character along with the crowd. A couple of the sessions were game changing. The moment they did not get big runs in the first innings, we knew we had a chance. The wicket has been relaid. It exactly panned out the way we wanted.”
Meanwhile, the cricketing fraternity has congratulated the Indian team for their remarkable win. Here are some of the messages:
Fantástico win by team ?? ?
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) March 7, 2017
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 7, 2017
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 7, 2017
Bad luck Australia, well played India! Too good this test match! Our boys to bounce back in Ranchi! #cmonaussie
— Ryan Harris (@r_harris413) March 7, 2017
Congrats Team India on a fabulous,scintillating win?Loved the determination,fight&agression of each and every player?Keep it up?#IndvAus
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 7, 2017
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) March 7, 2017
The bowlers stood up and played their part after the batsmen gave them a decent (but not matchwinning) score to bowl with.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 7, 2017
Now that's better India …. A lot Better …. #INDvsAUS
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 7, 2017
Well done boys congratulation?????
— Mohammed Shami (@MdShami11) March 7, 2017
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 7, 2017
The finest Test victory for this young Indian Test team. Bravo. #IndvAus
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 7, 2017