India vs Australia 2nd Test at Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru Live Updates, Aus-237/6: Half-centuries by Matt Renshaw and Shaun Marsh take Australia’s lead to 48 runs at stumps

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India vs Australia 2nd Test, Ind vs Aus: Here are live cricket score and updates from the 2nd Test between India and Australia at Bengaluru

india vs australia, ishant sharma, steve smith, ishant sharma vs steve smith, steve smith and ishant sharma, ishant sharma mimicry, virat kohli, kohli laughing, kohli laughing on fieldAustralia?s Matt Renshaw celebrates after scoring fifty runs during the Second day of the second test match. (Source: PTI)

Stumps Day 2: An exciting day of cricket where none of the sides could be called victorious. Australia does have a lead of 48 runs but India did well to make sure that the match doesn’t slip away from their hands. Matt Renshaw was the star of the day and played a wonderful inning. This tour might play an important role in 20-year-old opener’s career as it will help improve a lot. He was solid, patient and faced the bowlers on their merit. Shaun Marsh was brought in because of his experience of playing in the India conditions and the Kings XI Punjab batsman proved his selection right by scoring a well-structured half-century. With Matthew Wade and Mitchell Starc still out there, Australia would be hoping to put on another 50-75 runs on the board to push India in further trouble.

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Coming to Indian bowlers, spinners played an important part as usual. R Ashwin has bowled 41 overs so far giving away just 75 runs and might have to spend some time with physio to get his arm ready for tomorrow. Ravindra Jadeja was used for just 17 overs but it was enough to pick 3 wickets. However, the real stars were the fast bowlers, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav who bowled with a lot of heart on a pitch that had hardly anything for the bowlers. Virat Kohli would have wanted more wickets from them but he can’t complain either. Overall, both the dressing rooms would be very satisfied and winner on Day 3 might take away the game from here.

Here are Live Cricket Score updates of India vs Australia 2nd Test:

6:15 PM: Watch R Ashwin playing mind games with David Warner and getting his wicket:

5:45 PM: That’s what Test cricket is all about. While you are busy watching the bigger picture, there are so many small battles that are going on between bat and ball:

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5:20 PM: Watch R Ashwin pulling off a blinder today:

4:40 PM: Day 2 Stumps: Australia – 237/6 (Shaun Marsh – 66, Matt Renshaw – 60)

4:15 PM: OUT! Big wicket for India, Umesh Yadav dismisses Shaun Marsh. It was a soft dismissal but Yadav deserved it. He has been brilliant today and India has an opening now. They would like to restrict visitors for as less as possible.

4:05 PM: Australia have taken their lead to 31 runs and Shaun Marsh is still out there on 66. Each run from here will cost India.

3:38 PM: Watch how the crowd had an important role to play in Mitchell Marsh’s dismissal:

3:35 PM: 6th Test fifty for Shaun Marsh. He has applied his IPL experience to good effect in Bengaluru and has put Australia in a very strong position. The visitors have already taken the lead and can build from here.

3:15 PM: Shaun Marsh has scored 49 runs from 158 balls and the partnership for the fourth wicket is now 22 runs from 52 balls. With 5 wickets still in hand, Australia would be hoping for a lead of at least 100 runs.

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3:05 PM: There cannot be a more frustrating thing for a cricketing side than failing to dismiss left-handers despite having the best off-spinner in the world. That’s exactly the sort of situation Virat Kohli and his men find themselves in today. First, it was Matt Renshaw and now, Shaun Marsh has dropped anchor.

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2:25 PM: Tea Day 2: Australia – 163/5. It was almost a similar story as in the first session. Australia dominated most part of the afternoon riding on Matt Renshaw’s half-century but India struck right before the tea break making a slight comeback in the game. Renshaw impressed everyone with his third Test half-century but Ravindra Jadeja was equally good in this session picking up 2 wickets while Sharma dismissed Mitchell Marsh right before the teams went in. Aussies are now just 26 runs behind and a lead of even 100 runs, can be massive on this track.

2:05 PM: OUT! Jadeja strikes again, Peter Handscomb has to go for 16 runs. He looked good for some time but couldn’t tackle the spin this time. Virat Kohli must have had his heart in mouth when Ashwin fumbled it but the off-spinner finally got hold of it.

1:44 PM: The verdict is out, Renshaw is proving the hype around him right:

1:35 PM: OUT! Matt Renshaw is gone for 60, Ravindra Jadeja provides India with the much-needed wicket. It was a smart and brilliant piece of bowling. He came down the wicket and Jadeja fired it down the leg side, Saha took the bails off and the stadium erupted with joy. Peter Handscomb is the new batsman in.

1:20 PM: Australia is still going strong. The partnership is now of 30 runs from 138 balls and Matt Renshaw is playing a marathon of an innings. He has played 189 balls for his 51 runs and Virat Kohli must be regretting his decision of playing with just 4 bowlers. Jayant Yadav could have been a big asset on this pitch.

12:55 PM: The partnership for the third wicket is now 23 runs from 83 balls. This is Test cricket at its best where both the sides are playing the patience game. So far Australian batsmen have edged out the Indian batsmen in this race but it will be interesting to see for how long can they continue the good work!

12:40 PM: Some on-field theatrics from Ishant Sharma and Steve Smith gets captain Kohli laughing at the slips:

12:20 PM: It has been a decent start for Australia post lunch break. Matt Renshaw has continued from where he left while Shaun Marsh has been watchful too.

11:59 AM: Steven Smith’s stance has been the talk of the town for some time now. Here is Sanjay Manjrekar trying to decode it:

11:50 AM: Virat Kohli was very aggressive today but was it right to give that look to a 20-year-old youngster who has just out batted Indian players?

11:40 AM: Lunch Day 2: Australia – 87/2. How many times do you see just 47 runs scored in one session and yet the crowd is thrilled. This is exactly what we witnessed in last two hours. India was down and dusted yesterday but they came back today and they came back hard. Virat Kohli was pumped up and so was his team. He used his spinners brilliantly but the star of the day was Umesh Yadav who produced a riveting spell of fast bowling. He was unlucky not to have picked up a wicket.

However, the credit has to be given to Australian batsmen as well, especially Matt Renshaw. The youngster has been terrific so far. He has faced 144 balls for his 44 runs so far. Steven Smith had a rare failure against India but Aussies are just 102 runs behind and the match is still inclined in their favour.

11:30 AM: Watch Matt Renshaw’s stunning reaction to Ishant Sharma’s epic fall:

11:18 AM: OUT! Big wicket for India. Ravindra Jadeja gets the better of Australian captain Steven Smith and what a time to strike, right before the lunch break! India would feel they are back in the game.

11:00 AM: Matt Renshaw has frustrated the Indian bowlers. The youngster has been rock solid and is reminding of Haseeb Hamid’s performance a few months ago.

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10:45 AM: There is something special with Test matches. No wicket has fallen in last 10 overs, only 14 runs have been scored off 70 balls and yet it is turning out to be a fascinating encounter.

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10:30 AM: Things are not going India’s way. Even though the bowlers have done their job well, they have failed to pick up wickets. The partnership between Steven Smith and Matt Renshaw is of 9 runs from 52 balls but they have managed to stay on the pitch.

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10:05 AM: Here is Michael Clarke’s preview of Day 2:

9:55 AM: OUT! first wicket for India. ASHWIN Strikes! David Warner departs for 33. Kohli was animated but again when isn’t he! Indian captain wants the crowd to get behind him and act as the 12th man. Warner was a big wicket, now India needs few more of those.

9:30 AM: Good morning folks! We are back live. David Warner starts the day’s play with a boundary against Ishant Sharam and fast bowler’s reactions say everything about India’s current situation. This is going to be an important session for the hosts.

9:16 AM: Here is how the pitch looks like:

9:00 AM: Anil Kumble had a long discussion with his spinners before the start of the play:

8:20 AM: Few records broken by Nathan Lyon on Day 1:

1. Lyon has picked up 58 wickets against India in Tests so far which is highest by an Aussie bowler. He went past Brett Lee who picked up 53 wickets.

2. Nathan Lyon’s 8/50 is the second best figure an Australian spinner in Tests after Arthur Mailey’s 9/121 v Eng at the MCG in 1921.

3. Now, he also holds the record for best bowling figures in India by a visiting bowler. Previously, it was held by Lance Klusener who picked up 8 wickets for 64 runs in Kolkata in 1996.

7:50 AM: “Everybody wants to compete against the best and he (Kohli) is one of the best players in the world. He is obviously the head of the snake if you want to put it in Dale Steyn’s terms. So it’s quite pleasing to take Kohli’s wicket,” Lyon said after first day’s play.

7:25 AM: Here are some interesting stats for you:

1. Abhinav Mukund made his comeback to Test side after 56 Tests. This is second most number of matches missed by a player by an Indian player after Parthiv Patel who missed 83 Tests between 2008 and 2016.

2. The last time India got out for less than 200 runs for three consecutive times at home was in 1977 against England.

Playing Conditions:

The pitch at Bangalore surprised everyone with its turn and bounce. However, it was only Nathan Lyon who got help from the wicket and that too from just one end. So, even though conditions are tough, they are not unplayable as the Australian openers showed later in the day.

India – Abhinav Mukund, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

Australia – David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon.

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