2nd Test Australia vs India Perth: After equalling the world record for most dismissals at Adelaide, Rishabh Pant seems to be having a great time behind the stumps in Australia. With the dismissal of Shaun Marsh by Mohammed Shami, Pant took the catch and surpassed MS Dhoni, Syed Kirmani and Wriddhiman Saha to register most dismissals in Australia in a series. The previous best was 14 each by S Kirmani (1979), MS Dhoni (2013, 2014) and W Saha (2017). Pant has also contributed with the bat, where he scored an important 36 runs in the first innings to help India close in on the Australian total of 326. Pant had earlier faced criticism over his skills behind the stumps, but he seems to be silencing his critics well.
The Perth Test is well poised as Australia have a lead of 169 with six wickets in hand. The game seems to be in the balance and the major reason for that is India captain Virat Kohli who slammed his 25th Test century with a masterclass on a lively pitch.
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.
The world No 1 batsman also became the first Asian batsman to score a ton in each South Africa, England, and Australia in the same calendar year in Test cricket. Kohli also equaled Clive Llyod to register most Test tons as captain in Australia, both have four to their name. Kohli is also at No 2 when it comes to scoring most centuries as captain in international cricket, Kohli has 34, whereas Ponting is at the top of the tree with 41.
At the time of filing the copy, Australia was 126/4 and Aaron Finch had retired hurt and the hosts had taken a lead of 169 runs.