Brisbane: It was yet another second innings collapse on the morning of a chaotic fourth day that was a difference between a historic win and a shattering defeat for Team India in the second Test at the Gabba on Saturday.
India's Ajinkya Rahane walks off after being dismissed for 10 at the Gabba in Brisbane on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Australia thus maintained an awesome record at Brisbane where Viv Richards’ 1988-89 West Indian tourists were the last side to beat the hosts here.
Saturday was probably the most important day on the tour and India needed the rub of the green to go their way. Instead it started horribly with Shikar Dhawan injuring himself in the nets which meant Virat Kohli had to resume India innings along with Cheteshwar Pujara.
Not an excuse
It was not an excuse as the Indian batsmen repeatedly pushed and poked at balls that would have carried way over the off stump. It led to India losing four wickets for 11 runs which hindered their prospects of pushing for a win.
Resuming on their overnight score of 71-1, India were 157-7 at lunch. Second innings collapses have figured in each of India’s past seven Test losses but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni felt the one on fourth morning here was different.
“It was quite different compared to some other games. Yes, we have had batting collapses in the past, in the recent Test series we have played. This was something very different. This will be addressed in a different way,” the captain said.
Apart from Saturday’s collapse the other period where India lost control of the match was on the third morning. Mitchell Johnson and Steven Smith put on a partnership of 148 as Indian bowlers over did the short ball tactic.
But the Indian captain justified the decision to bounce Johnson as he arrived at the crease: “I felt at that point with Mitchell coming, and he is someone who can bat, it was important to use a few bouncers. We have got a few wickets by bouncers, not to forget we have bowlers now who can exploit the conditions.”
Dhoni finished off by stating that while the defeat was difficult to digest, the team would try and analyse the defeat so they could improve ahead of the third Test.
“It’s disappointing but at the same time, what is more important is to reason out why exactly it happened. Once you know the reasons, you can rectify them in the coming games,” he said.
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