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Smiling assassin back in the runs for Australia

Australia's Matt Renshaw plays a shot during the second day  in Bangalore
Australia's Matt Renshaw plays a shot during the second day in Bangalore Aijaz Rahi

MATT Renshaw has laughed off the verbal attacks from Indian skipper Virat Kohli after the young opener's marathon first-innings knock in Bangalore.

Australia will resume at 6-237 today and leading by 48 runs lead thanks to half-centuries from Renshaw and Shaun Marsh.

While Australia captain Steve Smith, who scored just eight from 52 balls, swapped barbs with his Indian counterpart throughout his innings, Renshaw opted for a far different line of defence during his four-hour stay in the middle.

"I just try to smile, because in my past experience smiling seems to unnerve the bowlers a bit more than talking back," the 20-year-old said.

"They seemed to get quite frustrated. I trying to just enjoy it out there and have fun.

"I don't try and say too much out there."

Kohli resorted to toilet humour after Renshaw's now infamous duck to the dunny during the first Test in Pune.

"I was just trying to enjoy it and laugh at what he was saying, because some of it was quite funny," Renshaw said.

"He was just reminding me to run off and go to the toilet again, which happened in Pune, so it was quite funny.

"It was really loud out there ... it's something I'm probably not used to, but it's about embracing different conditions and challenges.

"We all took it pretty well and we know that they're trying to get under our skin because we've got a one-nil lead in the series."

 

 

India's captain Virat Kohli, right, walks back with Australia's batsmen Matt Renshaw, left, and Shaun Marsh for the lunch break
India's captain Virat Kohli, right, walks back with Australia's batsmen Matt Renshaw, left, and Shaun Marsh for the lunch break Aijaz Rahi

Renshaw is Australia's leading run-scorer in the series and has faced more balls than any batsman from either side.

Playing just his sixth Test, Renshaw faced 196 balls in his patient knock of 60.

He was dropped when on 29 by Kolhi at slip.

He drew the ire of Ravichandran Ashwin when standing his ground at the non-striker's end, blocking the offspinner's attempt to field the ball and allowing Smith to score a single.

"It was just a grind, but we needed to bat the whole day and managed to do that," Renshaw said.

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