Second Test Match Is A Big Roller Coaster.
Australia in India: Axar Patel scored fifty. Aussies are ahead on Day 2 of the Test Match.
For the second session and half on the second day of the second test, Australia's bowlers, led by Nathan Lyon, exposed everything that has not been right with India's top order for the last two years. Lyon bagging a fifter inside 50 overs of the innings sent jitters through the Indian Camp. At 139/7, with the Kotla pitch offering the bowlers enough to work with, the hosts were in trouble.
Then Axar Patel, one of the indomitable breed of new-age Indian Test Cricketers, rose to the occasion with a measured 74 off 115 balls. Axar put on an eighth-wicket partnership of 114 runs off 30 overs with R Ashwin, who scored a gutsy 37 at the other end to counter Lyon. Eventually India ended up conceding a lead of just a solitary run in pursuit of Australia's first-innings score 263.
Australia finally got ahead of the game on this tour, but not by much thanks to the growing strength of the Indian tail. The pressure however, was clearly on India at stumps. KL Rahul's inexplicably prolonged run of poor form, Cheteshwar Pujara falling for a duck in the 100th Test to his nemesis Lyon and Virat Kohli's now- normal grind of 44-ending as a debut wicket for left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhenmann -were all just a continuation of the vulnerability of India's star-studded top order.
Australia's premier spinner finally arrived at a venue where he had picked up seven-for on his first tour of India in 2013. However, had it not been for two stunning catches by the Aussies to get rid of both Axar Patel and Ashwin, India would have been looking at a sizeable lead.
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