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PICS: Jadeja stars as India rout Australia in 2nd Test

Last updated on: February 19, 2023 15:02 IST
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Images from Day 3 of the second Test between India and Australia, at the Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi, on Sunday.

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates with his India teammates after taking a career-best seven wickets for 42 runs during Day 3 of the second Test against Australia, at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, in Delhi, on Sunday.

IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja celebrates with his India teammates after taking a career-best seven wickets for 42 runs during Day 3 of the second Test against Australia, at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, in Delhi, on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI

Ravindra Jadeja thoroughly exposed a technically ill-equipped and mentally messed up Australian batting unit with a career-best seven wickets for 42 runs as India won the second Test by six wickets to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, in Delhi, on Sunday.

 

The Australian batters paid the price for some atrocious shot-selection as Jadeja, who enjoyed a 10-wicket match haul, and Ravichandran Ashwin (3/59) decimated the visitors in the morning session, bowling them out for 113 in 31.1 overs. The last nine wickets fell for 52 runs.

K L Rahul (1) cut a sorry figure yet again, but India's batters showed how to tackle spin as the target of 115 was attained in 26.4 overs.

Playing his 100th Test, Cheteshwar Pujara hit the winning runs for India with s boundary.

IMAGE: Playing his 100th Test, Cheteshwar Pujara hit the winning runs for India with a boundary. Photograph: BCCI

There were some anxious moments as India also lost skipper Rohit Sharma (31), Virat Kohli (20) and Shreyas Iyer (12), but Cheteshwar Pujara and Srikar Bharat batted confidently to take the team across the line.

Pujara had something to cheer about in his 100th Test appearance as he remained unbeaten on 31, fittingly hitting a boundary for the winning runs, while wicketkeeper Bharat stroked a brisk unbeaten 23 off 22 balls.

Wicketkeeper Alex Carey celebrates after stumping Virat Kohli off the bowling of Todd Murphy.

IMAGE: Wicketkeeper Alex Carey celebrates after stumping Virat Kohli off the bowling of Todd Murphy. Photograph: BCCI

India now have one foot in the final of the World Test Championship, in England in June, having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

Sunday's victory was India's 100th against Australia across formats.

The third Test will be played in Indore from March 1.

Morning session:

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates dismissing Pat Cummins on Day 3 of the second Test between India and Australia, at the Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi, on Sunday.

IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja celebrates dismissing Pat Cummins. Photograph: BCCI

Earlier, Jadeja's devastating spell put India on course for victory.

The spin all-rounder returned career-best figures of 7 for 42 in 12.1 overs while his spin colleague Ashwin took three wickets as Australia were shot out for 113 in their second innings in the morning session on Day 3.

Travis Head top-scored for Australia with 43 off 46 balls.

India were 14 for the loss of K L Rahul’s wicket at lunch, needing 101 more runs to win the Test.

Captain Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara were batting on 12 and 1 respectively at the break.

Australia's batters paid the price for atrocious shot-selection. They lost nine wickets for 52 runs and it was not the pitch but messed up minds that led to their downfall for the second time in the series.

India's players celebrate after Ravichandran Ashwin dismisses Travis Head.

IMAGE: India's players celebrate after Ravichandran Ashwin dismisses Travis Head. Photograph: BCCI

Starting the day on 61 for 1, Travis Head was the first Australian to perish.

Ashwin got a full delivery to turn away sharply. Head looked to defend, got the edge and wicketkeeper Bharat did well to take a sharp catch.

Head was dismissed after a fluent 43 from 46 balls, which included six fours and a six.

Steve Smith, who fell for a duck in the first innings, was next to depart. He tried to sweep the last ball of Ashwin's 11th over, missed and was struck right in front. The umpire ruled him out leg before wicket.

Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates the wicket of Steven Smith.

IMAGE: Ravichandran Ashwin is ecstatic after trapping Steven Smith leg before wicket. Photograph: BCCI

Smith took the review but the impact was in line and the ball clipping leg stump. The decision stayed with the umpire's call.

It was a huge blow for Australia as Smith walked back for 9. 

Marnus Labuschagne, who was getting into his stride, played right back from his crease and missed a quicker, flat delivery from Jadeja going straight on, which crashed into the stumps.

Australia were 95 for 4.

Things got worse for them when Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb were out in quick succession.

Renshaw used the sweep shot to counter Ashwin, missed and was struck on the pads. The umpire ruled it out leg before wicket but the batter took the review, which showed the impact was bang in front and the ball crashing into middle and off-stump. He was dismissed for 2.

Marnus Labuschagne is bowled by Ravindra Jadeja.

IMAGE: Marnus Labuschagne is bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. Photograph: BCCI

Jadeja then struck with the first ball of his new over as Handscomb edged the sharp turning delivery and Virat Kohli took a good, sharp catch at slip.

Pat Cummins fell to the very next delivery. He went to slog sweep Jadeja over mid-wicket but missed the full delivery, which skidded straight and crashed into the stumps.

Four wickets in the space of 11 deliveries and Australia collapsed to 95 for 7.

Jadeja registered his second five-wicket haul in successive Tests as Australia lost their seventh wicket in the morning session.

 Australia's players celebrate the wicket of KL Rahul in India's second innings.

IMAGE: Australia's players celebrate the wicket of KL Rahul in India's second innings. Photograph: BCCI

The sweep shot caused the demise of Alex Carey too. He tried to hit Jadeja through point but missed and was bowled for 7.

Nathan Lyon was then bowled off an inside edge for 8 and Jadeja picked his sixth wicket as Australia slumped to 113 for 9.

Jadeja finished off Australia's second innings, having Kunhemann bowled for a duck, trying the reverse sweep.

Australia were dismissed for 113 in 31.1 overs, setting India 115 for victory. Jadeja was the wrecker-in-chief with sensational figures of 7 for 42.

It was a disastrous morning session for Australia as they lost nine wickets for 52 runs in 19.1 overs.

Nathan Lyon struck first ball for Australia with the wicket of K L Rahul, who hit straight into the fielder at short leg, but the ball ricochetted straight to wicketkeeper Carey, who completed an easy catch.

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