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India beat Australia by 75 runs to level series

CRICKET-IND-AUS Indian captain Virat Kohli (centre) and teammates celebrate their match victory against Australia on the fourth day of the second Test match between India and Australia | AFP

Ashwin scalps six wickets to crumble Australia in a thrilling match

India bundled out Australia for 112 in their second innings to post a 75-run victory on the fourth day of the second cricket Test and sqaure the four-Test series 1-1 here today.

Ravichandran Ashwin paved way for India's thrilling victory against Australia. He took six wickets in the second innings giving away 41 runs in 12.4 overs. In a match that saw Australia slightly dominant over the hosts for most of the days, the fourth day, however, turned to disappoint the visitors. None of the Australians could cross the 30-run mark in the second innings, with skipper Steve Smith (30) being the highest scorer before he fell leg before wicket to Umesh Yadav.  

Earlier the day, India had set a target of 188 for Australia, after being all out for 274 in their second innings of the second cricket Test here today. Pace bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc ran through India's batting with the new ball on the fourth morning of the match. 

The 100-plus run partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, the longest in the current match, came to an end early the day when Starc trapped Rahane leg before the wicket. 

Soon, India was reduced from 238/5 to 274-all out. 

Brief scores:

India 1st Innings: 189

Australia 1st Innings: 276

India 2nd Innings: 274 all out in 97.1 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 92, KL Rahul 51; Josh Hazlewood 6/67).

Australia 2nd innings: 112 all out in 35.4 overs (Steven Smith 28; R Ashwin 6/41). 

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