Australia v India: Mitchell Johnson spell secures second Test victory

Mitchell Johnson
"It was nice to get out there and feel a bit of rhythm - I've felt a bit off," said Mitchell Johnson after claiming four for 61 against India.
Second Test, Brisbane (day four):
Australia 505 & 130-6 beat India 408 & 224 by four wickets
Match scorecard

Mitchell Johnson delivered an inspired spell to help Australia win the second Test and take a 2-0 series lead, despite a late India fightback.

Johnson took four wickets for 61 runs, including 3-10 in 11 balls, as India collapsed to 224 all out after resuming on 71-1 on day four in Brisbane.

Australia lost three quick wickets but chased down 128 for the win and now cannot lose the four-Test series.

Johnson said "It's my job to be aggressive and take wickets."

His performance revived memories of his match-winning display at the Gabba just over a year ago, when his 5-42 and 4-61 helped Australia win the first Ashes Test by 381 runs.

The only Indian batsman to resist during their collapse of 9-148 was Shikhar Dhawan, who hit a stubborn 81 after playing with a wrist injury he sustained in the practice nets before the start of play.

Dhawan was initially unable to resume his innings at the start of play and was replaced by Virat Kohli, who also suffered an injured wrist batting in the nets.

India in Australia 2014-15
1st TestAdelaideAus won by 48 runs
2nd TestBrisbaneAus won by 4 wickets
3rd TestMelbourne26-30 December
4th TestSydney6-10 January

The injuries prompted India's team management to claim they had asking for better practice pitches.

"Instead of that, they have asked us to practice on worn out wickets, which have uneven bounce. Because of that two of our batsmen got injured," said the statement.

Chasing a modest target, Australia's reply began badly with seamer Ishant Sharma claiming two wickets before tea, but Chris Rogers gave the innings some impetus with 55 off 57 balls including 10 boundaries.

Sharma also dismissed Rogers, leaving Australia on 85 for three, and as they closed in on victory Shaun Marsh, stand-in captain Steve Smith and Brad Haddin fell in quick succession before Mitchell Marsh hit the winning runs.

Smith was named man of the match following his first innings century. He also scored an unbeaten 162 and 52 not out to help Australia win the first Test in Adelaide.

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