India defeated Australia in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy‘s second Test match in Delhi. The visitors had no chance in the match thanks to a brilliant bowling performance by India’s all-rounders. India has taken a 2-0 lead in the series and also retained the Trophy with this 6-wicket victory.
The Kangaroos started Day 3 with a score of 61/1 after attaining a 1-run lead in the first innings. They had a great chance to stick longer in the middle and try and level the scoreline of the four-match series. However, the spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin put Australia under a lot of stress.
Jadeja grabbed a 7-wicket haul in the innings and also registered his best bowling figures in Test cricket (12.1-1-42-7). Ashwin, on the other hand, took three wickets in the second innings to give perfect support to his bowling partner. Australia was limited to 113 runs, giving the home team an easy target of 115 runs.
Previously, India held Australia to 263 runs in the first innings. Mohammed Shami took four wickets, while Jadeja and Ashwin both took three wickets. India responded with a 262-run total, aided by a 114-run partnership between Ashwin and Axar Patel, to hand a one-run lead to Australia in the first innings. Nathan Lyon was the standout performer for Australia, finishing with a five-wicket haul.
India lost a few wickets while chasing the 115-run target on Day 3 but eventually got there with ease. Small partnerships between team captain Rohit Sharma (31 runs in 20 balls) and Cheteshwar Pujara, as well as Pujara and Virat Kohli (20 runs in 31 balls), aided India’s achievement in the second session of Day 3.
The veteran batter Pujara stayed unbeaten on 31 runs in 74 balls, with four boundaries to take his team over the line. The team led by Rohit Sharma now needs just one win in the next two matches to confirm a spot in the Test Championship Final.
Here is how Twitter reacted to India’s win
A real “TEST” of character this match turned out to be with both teams having their moments.@MdShami11 was brilliant in the 1st innings. Axar & Ashwin’s partnership brought India back into the game and @imjadeja literally “TURNED” the match in our favour in the 2nd.#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/45BEJG8fpq
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 19, 2023
🏆 RETAINED! Congratulations to Rohit Sharma & co. on retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
💙 The trophy has been with us for over 5️⃣ years now!
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) February 19, 2023
Australia had moments but India owned sessions.
— DK (@DineshKarthik) February 19, 2023
TIMELINE OF A COLLAPSE (local time)
0933 Travis Head 2/65
1001 Steve Smith 3/85
1013 Marnus Labuschagne 4/95
1022 Matthew Renshaw 5/95
1024 Peter Handscomb 6/95
1028 Pat Cummins 7/95
1044 Alex Carey 8/110
1055 Nathan Lyon 9/113
1101 Matthew Kuhnemann 10/113
— CrickLife 💙 tick (@Crick4Life) February 19, 2023
India win Test 2 of #INDvAUS by 6 wickets on Day 3 to take unbeatable 2-0 lead in 4 match series. Ravindra Jadeja is Player of Match again for 10 wickets in match. With this win, India inch closer to #WTC23 final versus Australia. #MIG #AUSvsIND @BCCI @imjadeja pic.twitter.com/GqlgswG1t6
— MEDIA INDIA GROUP (@mediaindiagroup) February 19, 2023
— JioCinema (@JioCinema) February 19, 2023
stays with India 🏆
— Adv Jayram Sharma🇮🇳 (@advJayram) February 19, 2023
What a sensational display by #TeamIndia in the second test.@imjadeja, @ashwinravi99 & @akshar2026 were simply superb with their performances. And heartiest congratulations to @imVkohli on becoming the fastest to get to 25000 international runs. Well done, team! #INDvAUS
— कृष्णा जांगिड़ (@Krishna76102476) February 19, 2023
A brilliant comeback by #TeamIndia🇮🇳 to register a memorable win. Superb performances by #Jadeja, Axar & Ashwin ensured that #India never got out of the game. Congratulations to @imVkohli for getting to 25,000 international runs.#IndvAus @BCCI @imjadeja @akshar2026 @GCAMotera pic.twitter.com/FKfnHW3fwE
— Dhanraj Nathwani (@DhanrajNathwani) February 19, 2023
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 19, 2023