2nd Test Australia vs India Perth: Mohammed Shami has once again brought India back in the hunt by removing Tim Paine and Aaron Finch of consecutive deliveries in the post-lunch session on day 4 of the second Test in Perth. Australia were in total command of the match and looked set to take the game beyond India as they went into lunch without losing a wicket. But it seems the game has once again turned on its head, thanks to a couple of bouncers from Shami. Paine’s resistance came to an end with a nasty bouncer from Shami, where Paine looked all at bay and looking to fend it could only manage a top-edge which was taken by Virat Kohli at slip. Off the very next ball, Aaron Finch, who had retired hurt on Day 3, got a short ball in his rib cage, he tickled it to Rishabh Pant, who completed the catch. Also Read - Ravichandran Ashwin Equals Imran Khan's Record With Eighth Man-of-The-Series Award
Here is the dismissal of Tim Paine for 37. Also Read - Will Rishabh Pant Reverse-Flick a Fast Bowler Again? The Wicketkeeper Responds
Earlier, 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. Mohammed Shami picked up a five-wicket haul and set the hosts back.
It was the first over after lunch that saw all the action and the change of fortunes for India. Khawaja the big fish fell soon after the back to back wickets for 72.
At the time of filing the copy, Australia had a lead of 241 with three more wickets to go. India would be hoping they can bundle out the hosts for, under 275, that would give India a good chance to fight.