India being dismissed for 274 in the second innings on day four of the second Test, meant Australia needed to get 188 in the fourth to win the Bangalore Test on Tuesday. However, the Indian bowlers stepped up and bundled out the visitors for 112 – their fourth-lowest total in Test matches in India.
Defending 188 was going to be a huge challenge, for it had only been accomplished twice previously in Test matches played in India. But Ravichandran Ashwin and company collaborated well to defend 188 – the third-lowest target defended in Test matches in India.
Not surprisingly, as has been the case right through this season, Ravichandran Ashwin was the force behind dismissing the Australians cheaply. Ashwin, who returned with figures of 6-41 in the fourth innings, climbed one place up in the list of India's leading wicket-takers in Test cricket. The off-spinner surpassed Bishan Singh Bedi's tally of 266 wickets and is now India's fifth-most-successful bowler in Test cricket.
Congratulations to @ashwinravi99 for getting to the 400-wickets mark in First-Class cricket. Perspective: 269 of them are in Test cricket!— Arun Gopalakrishnan (@statanalyst) March 7, 2017
During the course of his six-wicket haul, Ashwin also picked up 200 wickets in Test matches at home. The off-spinner reached the milestone in 30 Test matches – making him the quickest to reach the milestone. It may sound ridiculous, but Ashwin reached the milestone five Test matches quicker than Anil Kumble, who was the previous quickest to 200 wickets at home.
Ashwin's six-wicket haul also meant that he had equalled Harbhajan Singh's tally of 25 5-wicket hauls – the most by an Indian off-spinner. Among Indian spinners, only Anil Kumble has more five-wicket hauls; the current Indian coach has 35 five-wicket hauls.
Earlier in the day, the Australian bowler who hastened the close of India's second innings was Josh Hazlewood. The 26-year old returned with carer-best figures of 6-67 and helped his team restrict India’s lead to 187 runs.