Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed six wickets as India stopped Australia in their tracks to win a fiery second Test and level the series 1-1 on Tuesday.
Australia, needing 188 for victory, were bowled out for just 112 half-an-hour into the final session on day four at Bangalore’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Tempers frayed between the world’s top two ranked sides as the hosts bounced back from a humiliating opening Test defeat in Pune.
Obviously, the former cricketers were a happy bunch and the master-blaster summed it up perfectly.
Congrats Team India on a fabulous,scintillating win👏Loved the determination,fight&agression of each and every player👌Keep it up👍#IndvAus— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 7, 2017
WHAT A MATCH !Kohli will remember this for a long time, as will everyone who witnessed this.#IndvAus— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 7, 2017
There was a lot of praise for Ashwin.
Jadeja bowling maiden overs. Umesh and Ishant relentless. Little things that make Ashwin the match-winner he is. TEAM. Kudos. #INDvsAUS— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 7, 2017
The team and of course, the captain, got a lot of love too.
I think the turning point, certainly on the field, was the Pujara-Rahane partnership last evening when they batted a whole session— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 7, 2017
#INDvsAUS @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/WwhHHBvgIF— बाहुबली (@Aanupareek) March 7, 2017
All all the wins for India in this home season, this was the hardest fought and must feel the most satisfying #INDvsAUS— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) March 7, 2017
Team India won against Australia by 75Virat Kohli : “Pujara & Rahane are our BEST test players”Kohli is Damn Modest#INDvsAUS #IndvAus pic.twitter.com/L91OgB80Ly— Freaky (@mltweetfreak) March 7, 2017
KL, Lyon, Josh H, Che Pu, Ash. Some great individual performances this test match. My MOM would be the rock of Gibraltar, Che Pu! #IndvsAus— Srini Mama 💲 (@SriniMama16) March 7, 2017
Great turnaround by India, against a tough tough opposition. Big thanks to both teams for a great test match #INDvsAUS👏👏— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) March 7, 2017
kohli rightly said, “There won’t be repeat of Pune performance.”They struggled. They Fought. And they Came back. 👊👊👊#INDvsAUS— SHADLY (@ScherlynShadly) March 7, 2017
A great Test match, but not without its fair share of controversies.
Meaning Of DRS-For indian Team: Decision Review System. For Australia Team: DressingRoom Review System. #INDvsAUS #IndvAus Australia By 75— Virender Sehwag (@VirenderSehweg) March 7, 2017
And Kohli was in the mood in the post-match press conference.
Virat Kohli in PC (when asked if its called cheating by Aus journalist): “I didnt say that. You did.”*This series just combusted. #IndvAus— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) March 7, 2017
But, despite all that, Ishant’s face was perhaps the moment of the match.
Man of the match ~ K L RahulFace of the match ~ Ishant Sharma #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/VhhnWXFltG— Amit A (@Amit_smiling) March 7, 2017
End of the day, it was just a bloody good Test match.
Long live Test cricketWe lost. But that was worth watching ever bloody ball #INDvAUS— Tom Chadwick (@TomChadwickFox) March 7, 2017
EPIC Test. I watched this. One for posterity. Blessed. #IndvAus— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 7, 2017
We all are, Aakash. We all are.