Renshaw hopeful of Aussies getting substantial first-inning lead in Bengaluru

Bengaluru [India], Mar.5 (ANI): Well aware of the fact that the fourth innings chase could be quite hard , Australian opener Matt Renshaw on Sunday expressed hope of his side getting a substantial first-inning lead to win the ongoing second Test here at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

"We know that the fourth innings chase is going to be quite hard out there. Hopefully, we get a substantial lead out there and the bowlers can do a successful job, like they did in the first innings," Renshaw said in a post-match conference.

"I think every run is vital and we sort of felt like we were just about to get on top of the game when I got out so it was quite frustrating from that point of view that if we'd probably doing a few more runs, me and Shaun Marsh, that we could have had complete control of the game," he added.

Reflecting on his side's plan, Renshaw said that the visitors headed into the second day hoping to bat as long as possible and wear the Indian bowlers down.

"The plan this morning was just to try and bat as long as possible and wear the Indian bowlers down. They've come off a long summer and played a lot of Tests so we know that if we can get them into a high amount of overs, we'd be in a good position," he said.

Resuming at yesterday's score of 40-0, David Warner (33) and Renshaw (60) shared an opening stand of 52 runs to provide the visitors with an initial thrust.

Renshaw, who also struck five boundaries and a six in during his innings, then kept the scoreboard ticking with Marsh (66) as the duo shared a 52-run stand to guide the side to a first innings score of 237-6 and lead of 48 runs.

Renshaw, who also notched up a half-century in the first innings in the opening Test, insisted that the Bengaluru pitch was much more challenging than Pune.

"It was really challenging to score off both the quicks and the spinners. It was just a grind. But as I've said, we just needed to bat the whole day and we've managed to do that," he said.

The second day of the ongoing Test also saw captains Steve Smith and Virat Kohli engage in a heated argument in a tensed morning session.

When quizzed what Kohli told him, Renshaw said he was reminded of the Pune toilet break.

Renshaw was criticised for racing mid-innings to the toilet due to a stomach bug on the first day of the Pune Test. However, he came back and went on to score a vital half-century during Australia's massive 333-run win.

"He was really at it, it is something I am not used to.But it's something I try and embrace, different conditions and different challenges that we get.So, I was trying to enjoy it, try and laugh at what he was saying because some of that was quite funny. He was just saying that I might need to run off and go to the toilet, which happened in Pune, so it was quite funny," Renshaw said of Kohli.

Australia, who are leading the four-match series by 1-0, will aim to extend their lead when Matthew Wade (25) and Mitchell Starc (14) resume the side's innings on Monday. (ANI)