Ravichandran Ashwin's 25th five-wicket haul was the cornerstone of India's remarkable turnaround as the hosts defeated Australia.
Defending a competitive target of 188 with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on line, Ravichandran Ashwin's 25th five-wicket haul was the cornerstone of India's remarkable turnaround.
Ashwin was unplayable on a tricky fourth-day surface with magnificent figures of 6 for 41. Australia ended up decimated for 112 in only 35.4 overs.
Just like Indian wickets fell like nine pins in Pune, Australia too crumbled like a house of cards and lost the last six for a mere 11 runs between overs 26th and 36th.
With their backs firmly against the wall, it was a battle of attrition for Kohli and his boys after their humiliating loss in Pune.
It turned out to be a collective effort in the end with KL Rahul (90 and 51), Cheteshwar Pujara (92) and Ajinkya Rahane (52) doing their bit with the bat.
Here are the statistical highlights from the fourth day of the second Test between India and Australia:
Kohli's 16th Test win
With a win over Australia at Bangalore, Virat Kohli is enjoying winning percentage of 64.00 - his tally being 16 wins, three defeats and six drawn games out of 25 Tests.
India's second consecutive win over Australia in Bengaluru
India, with a 75-run win, have recorded their second successive win over Australia at Bangalore.
In the last Test played at this venue, India had defeated Australia by 7 wickets in October 2010.
Australia have won two Tests while the remaining two Tests out of six at this venue could not produce results.
India successfully defend a score of less than 190
India have successfully defended a score of less than 190 in the fourth innings in Tests five times - three times against Australia - at Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1980-81; at Mumbai in 2004-05 and at Bengaluru in 2016-17 and once each vs New Zealand at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) in 1969-70 and vs South Africa at Ahmedabad in 1996-97.
Third biggest win in terms of defending a target
India's win-margin by 75 runs is the third biggest for a team defending a target of less than 200 in the fourth innings - the best two are by 147 runs by West Indies vs England at Port of Spain in 1993-94 and by 89 runs by Australia vs South Africa at Melbourne 1910-11.
Ashwin completea 200 wickets in Tests
Ravichandran Ashwin became the fourth Indian bowler to complete 200 wickets in Tests at home - his tally being 202 (ave.21.99) in 30 Tests. He has joined Anil Kumble (350), Harbhajan Singh (265) and Kapil Dev (219).
Ashwin's average in a winning cause
Ashwin is averaging 19.21 in a winning cause in 27 Tests - his tally being 190 wickets, including 21 five-wicket hauls and six instances of ten wickets in a Test match.
Ashwin registers 25th five-wicket haul
Ashwin has registered 25 instances of five wickets or more in an innings in 47 Tests, emulating Harbhajan Singh's feat of 25 instances in 103 Tests.
Only one Indian bowler has recorded more such instances - 35 in 132 Tests by Anil Kumble.
Ashwin surpasses Bishan Singh Bedi's record
Ashwin has taken his tally of wickets to 269 at 24.79 in 47 Tests, obliterating Bishan Singh Bedi's tally of 266 (ave.28.71) in 67 Tests. His aggregate is the fifth highest by an Indian bowler in Tests - the leading wicket-takers being Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417) and Zaheer Khan (311).
12 wins and 6 losses for Steve Smith
Steven Smith's captaincy record in Tests reads as - 12 wins and 6 losses apart from four drawn games out of 22 played - winning % 54.54.
Australia's batting collapse
Australia lost six wickets for 11 runs - 101 for 4 to 112 all out - their joint third-fastest six-wicket collapse. Australia had earned a dubious distinction (an unwanted record) when they lost six wickets for five runs - 244 for four to 249 all out - vs England at Nottingham in June 1953.