2nd Test Australia vs India: Kl Rahul followed Murali Vijay to the dressing room after Josh Hazlewood bowled an outswinging yorker and Rahul was late in coming down. It was an absolute peach from the tall Australian bowler as the Indian opener’s foot was stuck to the crease and that led to his downfall. Both the Australian pacers have been on fire and they are making the most of the new ball. It is the sixth wicket of the day after India wrapped up Australia for 326. Also Read - Mithali Raj Defends BCCI's Stand on Women's IPL vs WBBL Clash, Says Foreign Stars' Misjudged Situation
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Earlier, it was just the start the hosts were looking for after losing at Adelaide. It was no movement of the feet from Vijay that got him stuck to the crease and he was dismissed. Starc has now dismissed Vijay on six occasions. Vijay looked quite tentative from the start and Starc exploited the weakness perfectly. There’s enough seam and swing on offer, this deck will only get worse.
Meanwhile, the Indians had their tail up when they got the last 4 wickets of the hosts for 16 runs. But they have been quickly quietened in the third over of their innings. Earlier, India wrapped up Australia for 326 but it seems it to be a good score on the lively track of Perth. Marcus Harris was the top scorer for the hosts with 70 runs, Travis Head also scored a crucial half-century to lift Australia from a precarious position. Fast bowler Ishant Sharma was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he scalped four wickets to wrap Australia’s innings. Sharma claimed the last two Australian wickets off successive balls and will be on a hat-trick when he will bowl in the second Australian innings.
With India in trouble, it will be up to the best Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli get stuck in and bail India out of this situation. Pujara has been in ominous form and it is time for Kohli to make a statement at Perth after two low scores at Adelaide.