Shaun Marsh and Matt Renshaw struck contrasting half-centuries on an engrossing day of cricket to help Australia take a first-innings lead of 48 against India in the second test at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.
After resuming the second day on 40-0, the touring side reached 237 for six at stumps against India, who were bundled out for 189 in their first innings on Saturday.
Wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Wade was unbeaten on 25 with Mitchell Starc 14 not out at the other end.
It was an inspired bowling performance from India, who gave away only 197 runs in 90 overs but without much luck.
The touring side, who lead the four-match series 1-0 after their 333-run win in the opening test at Pune, lost two wickets in a hard-fought morning session against a rejuvenated India but recovered through a 52-run stand between Renshaw and Marsh.
The left-handed Marsh enjoyed some luck, being handed his first reprieve when he edged paceman Umesh Yadav to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha on 14 but India made the mistake of opting against a review of the umpire’s not-out verdict.
Marsh was then given out leg before against Umesh on 44 but the 33-year-old successfully overturned the decision on review.
In the next over, paceman Ishant Sharma bowled a no-ball with replays confirming Marsh would have been out lbw if not for the illegal delivery. India’s frustrations were heightened with edges from the batsman falling short of their fielders.
Marsh finally departed for 66, caught off Umesh, but not before he had added another 57 with Wade for the sixth wicket.