2nd Test Australia vs India Perth: India captain is unbeaten on 82 at stumps on Day 2 at Perth and there is another world record in his sights. He is 29 runs away from becoming the fastest to 5000 Test runs at No 4. He will surpass Jacques Kallis (87), Sachin Tendulkar (93), Javed Miandad (99) and Brian Lara (100). Kohli is on 4971 Test runs at No 4 in 86 innings. Kohli also brought up his 20th Test fifty during his brilliant knock. Kohli had earlier in the year become the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs surpassing Sachin Tendulkar. He also became the only Indian cricketer to slam three consecutive ODI centuries when he hit three on-the-trot against an inexperienced Windies bowling line up. In 2018, he has also scored in excess of 2500 runs across formats. The World No 1 batsman is in ominous form and is breaking records at will.
Kohli’s unbeaten knock, coupled with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s counter-attacking 51, helped India to not only overcome the cheap dismissals of Murali Vijay (2) and KL Rahul (2) but also put the visitors in a position from where they can look to dominate the rest of the game.
Day 3 will be crucial as India trail by 154 runs and the first hour would be crucial if India does not give away a wicket, they will have the advantage.
Finally, Yadav got the breakthrough with an over of full deliveries, knocking off Cummin’s off-stump in the 105th. Two balls later, Bumrah trapped Paine lbw and the decision stayed despite a DRS review from the batsman. Nathan Lyon (9 not out) stayed unbeaten for the third innings in a row as he added quick-fire 16 runs with Mitchell Starc to push Australia to a healthy total on a tough wicket.
Ishant then finished off things with two wickets in two balls, with Starc and Josh Hazlewood (0) caught behind with some acrobatic help from Rishabh Pant.