India fight back with two wickets to restrict Australia
By Sudipto Ganguly
BENGALURU (Reuters) - Australia lost two wickets in an enthralling morning session against a rejuvenated bowling display from India to reach 87 for two at lunch in the second test at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.
After resuming the second day on 40-0, the touring side added just 47 runs in 29 overs to remain 102 adrift of India, who were bundled out for 189 in their first innings on Saturday.
Opener Matt Renshaw was unbeaten on 40 with Shaun Marsh two not out at the break for Australia, who lead the four-match series 1-0 after their 333-run win inside three days in the opening test at Pune.
India depended heavily on off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to weave some early magic after his Australian counterpart Nathan Lyon picked up eight wickets for 50 on the first day.
The world's top-ranked spinner did provide the early wicket, spinning one around David Warner's bat to hit his off-stump. The left-handed opener managed to add 10 runs to his overnight score before being dismissed for 33.
The fall of Warner spurred the Indian side as they came hard at Renshaw and Australia captain Steve Smith. A lot of words were exchanged between the two sides, forcing the umpires to intervene to calm the situation.
Cheered on by a big Sunday crowd, India kept their discipline to all but dry up Australia's scoring, conceding just 21 runs in 14 overs in the first hour of play.
Ishant Sharma's hostile spell of fast bowling troubled Smith time and again but Australia managed to keep India at bay for more than 20 overs with a second-wicket stand of 30.
After a 10-over spell by Ashwin, during which he conceded just eight runs for the wicket of Warner, India captain Virat Kohli brought on left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.
He gave India the second success of the morning when Smith was out for eight, getting an inside edge to his pad to be caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.
The session could have been even better for India if Kohli had managed to hold on to a low catch offered up by Renshaw against paceman Umesh Yadav with the batsman on 29.
(Editing by John O'Brien)