Jadeja strikes put India ahead
India had Australia at 273/7 at Stumps on Day 2 of the Mohali Test after a remarkable fightback to reduce the visitors to 251/7 from the 139/0 they were at earlier in the day.
After Day 1 of the game had been rained out, Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. Ed Cowan and David Warner showed a patience that had been lacking to build a solid 139 run opening stand. Ravindra Jadeja then struck in consecutive deliveries to send back Warner (71, 147b, 9x4) and Michael Clarke (0,1b). Pragyan Ojha, who replaced Harbhajan Singh in the playing XI then prolonged Phil Hughes’s miserable run, having him caught behind for just 2 off 31b. From 139/0 midway through the second session, Australia went to Tea at 180/3.
Virat Kohli had dropped Ed Cowan, David Warner and Phil Hughes at first slip earlier in the day but began reparations by pouching Cowan (86, 238b, 8x4) off Ashwin. Brad Haddin began confidently, lofting Pragyan Ojha for a huge straight six and in no time added 46 for the fifth wicket with Steve Smith. An inspired burst from Ishant though saw him chopping one on to his stumps. Two balls later, Ishant burst through Moises Henriques’s defence to pick up an incredible third wicket of the series, reducing Australia to 244/6.
When play was extended to make up for the time lost on Day 1, Jadeja struck with his first delivery, trapping Peter Siddle LBW. Controversial pick Steve Smith hung on, bringing up his half century and adding 22 with Mitchell Starc for the eighth wicket. Australia reached Stumps at 273/7 with Smith unbeaten on 58 (137b, 7x4, 1x6). Jadeja led the bowling charts with his 3/56, Ishant Sharma close behind on 2/41.