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Auatralia-India: Australia level series with an emphatic victory in the second Test
The Australian players celebrate their victory over India at Perth to level the series at 1-1 Source India was soundly beaten by the Australians in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Series at Perth levelling the series at 1-1. India was both out bowled and out batted by the Aussies and to a large extent in fielding too. It was at the end of the third days play that Australia had gained an upper hand. I could not post a review of the fourth day’s play because my dentist had me recline with my mouth open for the best part of the Indian morning. As a result, I missed most of the day’s play, particularly when Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja were proving to be a pain in the wrong place for the Indians. To be fair, the Indians bowled far better in the second Australian inning than in the first. The Indians must have surely benefitted from watching the Australians bowl in their innings. That Lyon excelled in both the innings is not a surprise to me. Spinners, without exception, relish bounce off the pitch, the more uneven the better, no matter at what pace. In fact, I had mentioned to @magister9 that I was a bit worried about what Lyon could do in the last inning. But Lyon did most of the damage two innings earlier when India was batting in their first, taking six of their wickets. A strong breeze from the seafront also helped Lyon. But he was relentless when he was bowling and miserly with the runs he conceded, and that was a perfect foil for the Australian pace bowlers. Nathan Lyon on dismissing Virat Kohli on the fourth day of the match Source It was Mohammed Shami, who went wicketless in the Australian first inning, that got among the Australian wickets in the second. He had claimed Shaun Marsh and Travis Head on the fourth evening. on the last day he got one to rise sharply and Tim Paine, unable to get out of the way, gloved the ball to give Kohli a simple catch in the slips. Finch, who was struck on the forefinger by Shami on the stroke of tea the previous day, was the bowler’s next victim. Shami had Pant catch Aaron Finch off another short ball down the leg side setting up a hat-trick. The hat trick was not to be but Shami did dismiss Khawaja, caught by Yadav, off another short ball. Earlier, in the first session, Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja saw Australia to the lunch break without losing their wickets. They scored 58 valuable runs off 30 overs which proved invaluable as they took Australia’s lead to 228 runs at the lunch break. After lunch, however, Shami continued on his merry way claiming the wicket of the dangerous Lyon caught by Vihari after Burmah had bowled Cummins for one run. Bumrah brought the Australian inning to an end when he clean bowled Starc who had scored another 14 fighting runs. There were some awkward confrontations between players, particularly between the two captains, but that will have to wait for another post because I feel that Kohli has not done himself and his team a favour in this match. Shami exults after dismissing Tim Paine and Aaron Finch in successive balls setting up a hat trick Source Earlier, in the first session, Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja saw Australia to the lunch break without losing their wickets. They scored 58 valuable runs off 30 overs in the session which proved invaluable as they took Australia’s lead to 228 runs at the lunch break. After lunch, however, Shammi continued on his merry way claiming the wicket of the dangerous Lyon caught by Vihari after Burmah had bowled Cummins for one run. Bumrah brought the Australian inning to an end when he clean bowled Starc who had scored another 14 invaluable runs. Australia was all out for 243 runs. Set with a stiff victory target of 287 runs on the lively Perth pitch in the fourth inning, India never really looked like they were going to make it. KL Rahul, as is now become a familiar beginning to an Indian inning, just couldn’t get his bat away from the ball in time and dragged it on to his stumps. Chateshwar Pujara, whose wicket Hazlewood considers more important than that of Virat Kohli’s, was dismissed by the bowler when Pujara gloved another snorter of a ball to the wicketkeeper. 35 runs later, Kohli played a Lyon delivery on to his stumps. Murali was clean bowled by Lyon having scored 20 runs. Ajinkya Rahane looked in a great hurry as he scored a brisk 30 runs off just 47 balls. Josh Hazlewood accounted for him when he had him caught by Travis Head at point. KL Rahul has played on a Mitchell Starc delivery on day four Source That evens the four-Test series out at one-all as India had won the first match at Adelaide. Although Australia outplayed India in almost all departments of the game, India lost the match due to the inept performances of the batsmen. That is despite a gem of a century by Virat Kohli, the captain, scoring 123 runs in the first Indian foray. The Indian bowlers more than redeemed themselves in the second inning having bowled a more consistent line and length than in the first. While Nathan Lyon finished the Test match with 10 wickets for 106 runs, Mohammed Shami bagged a career-best 6 for 56 runs in the second inning. Prior to the next Test match at Melbourne, starting on Boxing Day, the Indian team management has some serious thinking to do. The news that Prithvi Shaw has been ruled out of the whole series complicates matters even more. The Indian selectors have named Mayank Agarwal as his replacement. Besides the opener, who has been consistently successful both in the domestic tournaments and for India A, they have also added Hardik Pandya to the squad. While the former has not made his debut in Tests yet, the latter was recovering from an injury he had suffered in the Asia Cup in the UAE. The opening pair is a serious worry for India as is a genuine all-rounder. Both these players could well make an appearance in the Boxing Day Test. Nathan Lyon being congratulated for taking ten wickets for 106 runs in the Test match Source
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