Australia v India Second Test

I was going to comment on this anyway, but I thought it would be another grudging acknowledgement of another Australian win. But as things have turned out, Australia have managed to lose their second test against India having started the match bowling their opponents out for a paltry 189 thanks to a mind-boggling 8 for 50 from spinner Nathan Lyon. Australia’s reply saw them take an 87-run lead and then restricting India to 274 in their second innings, leaving them a target of 187 to win the match. Surprisingly Lyon didn’t take a single wicket in the second innings, and it was paceman Josh Hazlewood who did the damage taking 6 for 67. Batting fourth is never easy, particularly on a spinning wicket in India, but 187 ought to have been gettable. Instead they were skittled for 112, with Captain Steve Smith – who is being accused of cheating – getting the highest score of 28.

It will be interesting to see how Australia respond from here with the series at one apiece.

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6 thoughts on “Australia v India Second Test

  1. “who is being accused of cheating”

    Did someone include Smithy of cheating?

  2. Kohli accused Smith of cheating and, after the match, commented that the Aussies had been cheating all the way through by checking with the dressing room before referring an umpire’s decision.

    I reckon that is just paranoia. You don’t get a replay to watch in the time you get to make the request for review. Nor does the dressing room have a great view of the action

  3. Kohli’s words

    “When he turned back the umpire knew exactly what was going on, because we observed that, we told match referee also, and the umpires, that they’ve been doing that for the last three days and this has to stop, because there’s a line that you don’t cross on the cricket field, because sledging and playing against the opponents is different, but… I don’t want to mention the word, but it falls in that bracket. I would never do something like that on the cricket field.”

    What alternatives are there for the word he didn’t want to mention?

  4. Just saying that Kohli made a point of saying that he didn’t use the c word about Smith.

    I guess this hyped up rivalry is doing its job in the build up for the next test.

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