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Mitchell Johnson spell secures second Test victory

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.

Mitchel Johnson celebrates a fall of an Indian wicket with a team mate

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.

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.

India 1st innings 408 all out

Australia 1st innings 505 all out

India 2nd innings 
Murali Vijay b Starc				27
Shikhar Dhawan lbw b Lyon 			81
Cheteshwar Pujara c Lyon b Hazlewood 		43
Virat Kohli b Johnson 				01
Ajinkya Rahane c Lyon b Johnson 		10
Rohit Sharma c Haddin b Johnson 		00
MS Dhoni lbw b Hazlewood 			00
Ravichandran Ashwin c Haddin b Starc 		19
Umesh Yadav c Haddin b Johnson 			30
Varun Aaron c Hazlewood b Lyon 			03
Ishant Sharma not out 				01
Extras (lb 2, w 5, nb 2) 			09
TOTAL (all out; 64.3 overs) 		       224

Fall of wickets: 1-41 (Vijay), 2-71 (Dhawan, retired not out)
		 2-76 (Kohli), 3-86 (Rahane), 4-86 (R Sharma)
		 5-87 (Dohni), 6-117 (Ashwin), 7-143 (Pujara)
		 8-203 (Dhawan), 9-211 (Aaron), 10-224 (Yadav)
Bowling: Mitchell Johnson 17.3-4-61-4
	 Josh Hazlewood 16-0-74-2
	 Mitchell Starc 8-1-27-2
	 Shane Watson 13-6-27-0
	 Nathan Lyon 10-1-33-2

Australia 2nd innings 
(target 128 runs)
Chris Rogers c Dhawan b I Sharma 		55
David Warner c Dohni b I Sharma 		06
Shane Watson c Dohni b I Sharma 		00
Steve Smith run out (Yadav/Dhoni) 		28
Shaun Marsh c Dohni b Yadav 			17
Brad Haddin c Kohli b Yadav 			01
Mitchell Marsh not out 				06
Mitchell Johnson not out 			02
Extras (b 4, w 1, nb 6) 			15
TOTAL (6 wickets; 23.1 overs) 		       130 

Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Warner), 2-22 (Watson), 3-85 (Rogers)
		 4-114 (S Marsh), 5-122 (Smith), 6-122 (Haddin)
Bowling: Ishant Sharma 9-2-38-3
	 Umesh Yadav 9-0-46-2
	 Varun Aaron 5.1-0-38-0


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