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Underbowled Ravindra Jadeja Makes It Count With His 'Sixer'

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He may have bowled the least number of bowlers among all the regular Indian bowls but Ravindra Jadeja turned out to be the most effective one against Australia in the second Test in Bengaluru. The left-arm orthodox spinner took just 21.4 overs, which also included a maiden, to pick up six wickets for 63 runs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday. This was the seventh time the 28-year-old picked up five wickets in a Test match and the figures also turned out to be his second best figures in Test cricket.

Full scorecard: India vs Australia, 2nd Test

Jadeja's best is 7/48 which he earned against England in Chennai in December 2016.

This is also the best bowling figures by an Indian in this series where Australian spinners Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon have dominated.

While the World's No.1 Test bowler Ravichandran Ashwin bowled as many as 49 overs in Australia's first innings, more than twice of what Jadeja bowled, he could only manage two wickets.

Photos: Australia take crucial lead on Day 2 in Bangalore

Australia take crucial lead on Day 2 in Bangalore

Pacers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, 27 and 24 respectively, also more overs than Jadeja. For some reason India captain Virat Kohli did not hand the southpaw as many overs as he would have liked perhaps.

However, the Saurashtra cricketer made it count with whatever he was made available.

While Jadeja picked up his first three wickets in 17 overs on Sunday, he only needed 26 more deliveries on Monday to take his next three.

Australia scored 276 to take an 87-run lead over India's first innings total of 189. The hosts trail the four-match Test series 0-1, having suffered a humiliating 333-run loss in the first game at Pune.

RAVINDRA JADEJA’S BEST BOWLING IN TESTS

7-48 -- vs England in Chennai 2016-17 (India won)

6-63 -- vs Australia in Bengaluru 2016-17 (Current match)

6-138 -- vs South Africa in Durban 2013-14 (India lost)

5-21 -- vs South Africa in Mohali 2015-16 (India won)

5-30 -- vs South Africa in Delhi 2015-16 (India won)

5-58 -- vs Australia in Delhi 2013-14 (India won)

5-73 -- vs New Zealand in Kanpur 2016-17 (India won)



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