IndvAus, 2nd Test: Shawn Marsh, Matt Renshaw edged Australia ahead on day 2

Steven Smith

Matt Renshaw(60) and Shawn Marsh(66) defy India on a tough pitch on day two of the second Test match in Bengaluru, as tourists claim a 48-run advantage at stumps with four wickets still intact.

Steven Smith’s men fought a relentless Indian attack to take a precious lead, which carries a value more than its amount going into the day three.

The youngest member of the Australian side, Matt Renshaw, showed extreme resilience in compiling 60, while Shaun Marsh once again stamped his authority as a specialist in the sub-continent conditions with his well-made 66. Both men showed a great degree of persistence on a surface where the ball routinely spun, died and danced.

Australia resumed their innings at 40-0. David Warner lost his off stump to a delivery from Ashwin that went past his outside edge after pitching outside leg. Steven Smith edged one to his pad and up to wicketkeeper to end his shaky 52-ball stay at the crease. Peter Handscomb was undone by a Jadeja delivery, as he mistimed one to Ashwin at midwicket.

Renshaw’s 196-ball stay at the crease came to an end after he was out stumped by Saha, as he advanced down the wicket to lift Jadeja for a six. Marsh’s patience ran out when he offered a catch to midwicket to hand Umesh Yadav his first wicket of the day.

All in all, it was another gripping day of Test cricket in a series that has been played at breakneck speed. India will now have to put up a vastly different display with the bat in their second innings to stay in the match.

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