2nd Test Australia vs India Perth: Australians are usually known to be fighters, the notion is they will not give you an inch and will do all it takes to win in any circumstances. But, on Day 5 what we saw was a different side of the Australians who are hosting India at Perth. Nathan Lyon offered help to Ishant Sharma while the batsman had just walked in and was taking his guard. Lyin asked, ‘Off-stump guard?’ Then both the cricketers smiled and it was a rare happy moment in what has been a tensed and eventful Test. India eventually lost the match by 147 runs chasing 287 to win. Lyon was the pick of the Australian bowlers as he picked up an eight-wicket haul. He picked five in the first innings and three in the second. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020 Squad News: Ishant Sharma Ruled Out of Test Series, Rohit Sharma Still in Contention; T Natarajan Added to ODI Squad
Here is the moment that we are talking about. Also Read - 'Not Our Business': Justin Langer Reacts to Ishant, Rohit's Likely Absence in Tests
‘Series is on, boys and girls!’ says an excited Michael Clarke on air. It was a sensational win for Australia. The first win since March 2018. 5 losses and 1 draw have preceded this match. First, win for Tim Paine as captain. First, win for Justin Langer as coach. After the fall of last Indian wicket, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have to wait a while to shake hands. The Aussies take a moment for themselves to cherish the victory.
It seems India got its selection and the reading of the pitch wrong and that may have led to the crushing defeat.
What this win for Australia does is, it sets up the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne beautifully, which also is good for the game, especially the format. Nathan Lyon deservingly picked up the Man of the Match for his wonderful effort with the ball.