IN­DIA ON THE ROPES

Marsh, Ren­shaw give Aus­tralia edge in Sec­ond Test

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Fight­ing half-cen­turies from Shaun Marsh and Matt Ren­shaw helped Aus­tralia se­cure a cru­cial first-in­nings lead over world num­ber one In­dia in the Sec­ond Test in Ban­ga­lore yes­ter­day.

The vis­i­tors were 237 for six at stumps on the sec­ond day, lead­ing In­dia by 48 runs at the M Chin­naswamy Sta­dium. Matthew Wade on 25 and Mitchell Starc on 14 were at the crease.

Marsh top-scored with a 197ball 66 be­fore In­dian seamer Umesh Ya­dav lured him into a tired-look­ing shot that was caught at short mid­wicket just be­fore close of play.

Left-arm spin­ner Ravin­dra Jadeja claimed three wick­ets, in­clud­ing the key scalps of Aus­tralia skip­per Steve Smith (8) and Ren­shaw (60) on a pitch that of­fered vari­able bounce.

Fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Ya­dav, with a wicket each, un­set­tled the vis­it­ing bats­men but reg­u­lar part­ner­ships helped Aus­tralia sur­pass In­dia’s first-in­nings score of 189.

The vis­i­tors were fal­ter­ing at the tea break on 163-5, but Marsh re­turned to score his sixth Test fifty while he and Wade put on 57 for the sixth wicket.

Marsh had his share of luck, sur­viv­ing a few close calls against the In­dian bowlers in­clud­ing nick­ing a Ya­dav de­liv­ery on 14 off the glove.

Ear­lier Ren­shaw, who started the day on 15, put on 52 runs with Marsh to keep the In­dian at­tack tem­po­rar­ily at bay as runs came at a miserly rate of roughly two an over.

The left-handed opener, who had scored 68 in the first in­nings in Pune, looked ready to ac­cel­er­ate af­ter hit­ting Jadeja for the first six of the match, but the bowler got his re­venge two balls later.

Jadeja saw Ren­shaw emerge from his crease and fired the ball down the leg side as wick­et­keeper Wrid­dhi­man Saha com­pleted the stump­ing in quick time.

Runs came at a trickle in the morn­ing ses­sion, with the vis­i­tors scor­ing just 47 in 29 overs as two of their top bats­men Warner (33) and Smith were sent back to the pav­il­ion.

Ash­win bowled Warner to get the opener for an eighth time in 12 Tests, while Smith bat­tled hard for 52 de­liv­er­ies be­fore be­ing caught by Saha off a wily Jadeja.

The morn­ing was en­livened by ban­ter be­tween the lanky Sharma and Smith, who traded barbs as the day pro­gressed.

REUTERS PIC

Aus­tralia's David Warner is bowled out by In­dia's Ravichan­dran Ash­win yes­ter­day.

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