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India beat Austrlia in Second test by Eight Wickets

India beat Austrlia in Second test by Eight Wickets
Australia’s Steve Smith walks from the field after he was dismissed for no score during play on day one of the Boxing Day cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Credit: AP.

Australian batting mainstay Steve Smith on Tuesday conceded that he has let seasoned Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dictate terms in their duels so far, something that “I’ve probably never let any spinner do in my career.India thumped Australia by eight wickets on the fourth day of the second Test match to level the four-match series 1-1 here on Tuesday.Chasing a mere 70 to win, India reached the target in 15.5 overs with more than four sessions to spare.Skipper Ajinkya Rahane (27 not out) and opener Shubhman Gill (35 not out) took the side past the finish line after India lost Mayank Agarwal (5) and Cheteshwar Pujara (3).India had wrapped up Australia’s second innings for 200 in the extended opening session on Tuesday morning after the hosts began at 133 for six.India had taken a 131-run lead on the third day with skipper Ajinkya Rahane (112) and Ravindra Jadeja (57) taking the score to 326 in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 195.Number six Cameron Green was top-scorer for the hosts with his 45-run knock, while make-shift opener Matthew Wade made 40.Green and Pat Cummins (22) added 57 runs for the seventh wicket with the pitch offering nothing to the bowlers. The partnership was broken only after the new ball was taken.

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