2nd Australia vs India Perth: The banter, the sledging just does not seem to stop in one of the most fascinating rivalries in modern day cricket – Australia vs India. Again, it was the India captain Virat Kohli taking on his opposite number Tim Paine. After the tension brewed on day 3, the saga continued day 4 of the Perth Test as well on the lively green top of Perth. The hosts have slowly and steadily batted themselves out of danger and got into a position of strength. Their lead has gone past 200-run-mark and India has got no wickets on the first session on Day 4. It seems to be frustrating Kohli and that may have been a major reason why the Indian captain got down to verbal blows. This did not go down well with former Australian cricketers who slammed the Indian captain over his behaviour. Michael Hussey said that he did not like Kohli’s attitude, whereas Allan Border said that he had never seen any captain behave in the manner Kohli was. Also Read - LIVE Cricket Score IND vs ENG 3rd Test Day 2 Today's Pink-Ball Test at Motera: Rohit-Rahane Look to Build as England Eye Early Wickets
Here is what happened.
Earlier, Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja frustrated India with an unbeaten 70-run stand, helping Australia extend their lead to 233 after a wicket-less morning session on day four of the second Test on Monday. Australia reached 190/4 in their second innings at lunch on day four.
At the break, Paine was batting on 37 not out while Khawaja was unbeaten on 67 runs after a session in which Australia scored 58 runs in 30 overs. Starting from overnight 132/4, the two batsmen negotiated the first hour in a sedate manner. They didn’t look in any rush as only 19 runs came forth.
On day 3, Indian skipper Kohli stroked the ball right from the middle of his bat to reach the three-figure mark, it was his 25th Test century. It was an essential knock as that brought India close to Australia’s 326. Kohli (127) became the fastest Indian to register 25 Test centuries, he surpassed Sachin Tendulkar (130), Sunil Gavaskar (138). Kohli also went past Sachin Tendulkar for the highest Test average in SENA countries.