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The partnership between Axar-Ashwin was brilliant: Rohit

Last updated on 19 Feb 2023 | 09:52 AM
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The partnership between Axar-Ashwin was brilliant: Rohit

India recorded an emphatic six-wicket win against Australia in Delhi to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

India's dominance at home continues as the home team have trashed Australia in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Sunday, February 19.

After trailing by a solitary run in the first innings, the Indian team were at the receiving end of some counter-attacking innings by Travis Head and Marnus Labuschange in the final session. 

With a lead of 60 runs at the loss of one wicket at the end of day two, Australia would have been a much happier team heading into the third day. 

However, the visiting side were dismal in the first session of play as they lost nine wickets and were bundled out for 113 runs in the second innings, with Ravindra Jadeja spinning a web and accounting for his best figures in innings. 

In the post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma was happy with the performance of his side and said, "Fantastic result for us, especially looking at how things were yesterday. The way we came back and finished our job was great."

"Even if we were just one run behind, I felt we were trailing because we had to bat last. I think the bowlers were fantastic. To take nine wickets today morning is commendable," he further added. 

The India skipper also heaped praises on the spin trio and stated that the surface gets a bit better after the first session. "On a pitch like this, people need to do something different. We were prepared for them coming out and playing shots. Our idea was to not panic and just hit the right areas, waiting for the mistake to happen, and that's exactly what happened."

"Every game you play in this type of weather, there is some moisture. What I noticed is there is a lot to offer in the first session, but as it goes on, it gets slower, and there isn't enough bite. So our focus was keeping it tight in the morning, and these guys are the masters of bowling in these conditions, " he further added. 

The 35-year-old also revealed that the partnership in the lower order proved to be the turning point of the contest. "I thought the partnership between Jadeja and Virat, and then Axar-Ash was brilliant. I think that's a big help because of the balance we have created for ourselves," he concluded. 

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