2nd Test Highlights Australia vs India 2018 Day 5: Australia defeated India by 146 runs in the second Test to level the four-match series 1-1 on Tuesday. Batting first, Australia scored 326 and then bowled out India for 283 for a 43-run first-innings lead. In the second essay, Australia were all out for 243 to set the visitors a target of 287. However, the Indian innings folded for 140 in 56 overs at the Optus Stadium in Perth. (Australia vs India – Day 4 Highlights) Also Read - Former Australia Captain Michael Clarke Warns India 'Will Get Smoked 4-0' in Absence of Virat Kohli
HIGHLIGHTS, AUS vs IND 2ND TEST, DAY 5 PERTH
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09.12 IST: Spare a thought for the Indian bowlers. Before this year started, every Indian fan must have been complaining – ‘Our batting is terrific. But our bowling is toothless overseas.’ Under Virat Kohli, the bowlers look fired up but sadly for him, the batting is not stepping up. It is a collective failure and even though, one might argue that the management misread the conditions by selecting the wrong playing XI, at some point of time, if the batting does not fire collectively, the team is going to pay for it.
09.10 IST: If you just look at this Test alone, we can compare it with India’s batting performances in England early this year. Kohli stands out, without a doubt. But cricket is a team game. This bloke has been scoring around 50-60 percent of the team’s totals since 2018 in Tests and eventually when the opposition attack is better, the rest of the batting line-up gets exposed. The hosts needed a good start to make a fist of this run chase and probably, the game was sealed in the 20th over, when the captain edged one to slip. In true manner, Australia have ‘bounced back’ in this series. The pacers actually bounced out the Indians this morning and it was really ruthless, finishing the game off pretty quickly. Starc has responded to Shane Warne’s criticism pretty well, strutting his fitness with 5 wickets and quality bowling. Hazlewood and Cummins did their bit and the biggest difference in this match – NATHAN LYON – 53.5-10-106-8 – bit the Indians hard. Their ploy of not going in with a specialist spinner backfired. Without a doubt, Ravindra Jadeja or Kuldeep Yadav could have influenced the outcome of this match.
09.oo IST: ‘Series is on, boys and girls!’ says an excited Michael Clarke on air. Sensational win for Australia. First, win for Australia 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. Boy, aren’t they delighted!
Bumrah and Shami have to wait a while to shake hands. The Aussies take a moment for themselves. They have not got an opportunity to do this for so many months. Every player is hugging one another and just crushing each other’s hair. Finally, they disperse and the players shake hands. Well played, Australia.
08.56 IST: OUT! Pat Cummins removes Jasprit Bumrah for nought. It is all over! AUSTRALIA WIN BY 146 RUNS AND THE SERIES IS BACK LEVEL AT 1-1. The ball is on a good length and Bumrah looks to go for a slog but manages to get just a top edge. The ball goes high in the air but Pat Cummins takes a smart catch while sitting down right in front of the non-striker’s end stumps. Australia (326, 243) beat India (243, 140) by 146 runs to level four-Test series 1-1
08.48 IST: OUT! Brutal is the word. Starc gives the Indians a taste of their own medicine. Yesterday, Shami and Bumrah were aiming at the batsman’s head. Today, it is Starc’s turn to give it back. Yadav backs away to hit this away but the bowler follows him and the ball is aimed at Umesh’s head. India 139/8 & 283, need 148 runs to win vs Australia (326, 243)
08.40 IST: OUT! Nathan Lyon removes Rishabh Pant for 30. What a stunning catch from Handscomb. Pant departs. It was nicely tossed up by Lyon on middle, Pant charges down the track and tries to whack it over covers but hits is inside half of the bat and the ball flies towards Handscomb who goes to his left and takes a brilliant catch. That must surely be curtains for India now. Australia need 3 wickets more to level the series. India 137/7 & 283, need 150 runs to win vs Australia (326, 243)
08.38 IST: FOUR! Lyon drags it short outside off, Pant cuts it through backward point and the ball races away to the boundary. Good short form the left-hander. India 137/7 & 283, need 150 runs to win vs Australia (326, 243)
08.32 IST: Snorter! An absolute snorter from Starc to end the over. Pant jumps and is out of position as he tries to fend it off. Luckily for him though, the ball goes off his glove and towards the floating third man for a single. He retains strike for the next over. IND 132/6 & 283, need 155 runs to win vs AUS (326, 243)
08.23 IST: FOUR! Outside off and short in length. Pant goes to slash it and gets the top edge that goes very fine and all the way to the fence. No chance for the third man fielder to stop that. 8 runs off the over. India 128/6 & 283, need 159 runs to win vs Australia (326, 243)
08.12 IST: OUT! Mitchell Starc removes Hanuma Vihari for 28. There is the wicket! There is the opening and it has come due to the extra speed of Mitchell Starc. The ball is on a length, pitching just on middle and leg. Vihari who was playing inside the line, gets an inside edge and the ball hits his thigh pad and lobs up for a simple catch to Harris at mid-wicket. The Aussies are elated. They knew that one wicket will open up the way to the long Indian tail. India 119/6 & 283, need 168 runs to win vs Australia (326, 243)
08.08 IST: Another maiden over by Mitchell Starc. A ripper to end the over from Starc! Outside off on a length and Pant goes feeling for the ball. The ball holds its line and just whizzes past the outside edge. IND 117/5 & 283, need 170 runs to win vs AUS (326, 243)
07.57 IST: It’s a cautious start from the Indian batting duo of Vihari and Pant. Full and outside off from Starc, Pant drives this to backward point for a single and keeps strike. India 115/5 & 283, need 172 runs to win vs Australia (326, 243)
07.49 IST: The two Indian batsmen, Australian fielders and the umpires make their way out to the middle. Hanuma Vihari to take the strike on the first ball of the last day. Nathan Lyon to start the proceedings for the hosts. Here we go…
07.40 IST: PITCH REPORT – Michael Vaughan with the pitch report on Day 5 says that the cracks have widened more than ever and points to a huge patch outside the right-hander’s off stump. Feels that Nathan Lyon should be the most effective and bowling from one end continuously. Ends by saying it has been a brilliant pitch for Test match cricket.
07.35 IST: Australia are within touching distance of victory going into the final day going into Day 5 as they require just 5 wickets to level the series. With the pitch opening up and helping the fast bowlers and spinners, Tim Paine and co. will be looking to wrap it up as soon as possible. Coming to the visitors, they have lost half their side and India will be hoping the likes of Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant show some fight and get them over the line. Should be a cracking day of Test cricket. Do join us in some time for all the action.
07.15 IST: Hello and Welcome to our live cricket coverage of day 5 of the second Test between Australia and India from newly-built Optus stadium in Perth.
Brief Preview: The Day 4 of Perth Test belonged to the hosts Australia as it seems they are on the verge of winning the second Test in Perth and levelling the series 1-1. While chasing the target of 287 runs on the surface like this, India lost 5 wickets at 112 runs on stumps. After losing KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara early, captain Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay tried to stitch the partnership but got scalped by Nathan Lyon and gave India a huge setback. The last specialist pair of Hanuma Vihari (24) and Rishabh Pant (9) are still in the middle and they will have to bat well in the first session on day five for India to have any chance of scoring the remaining 175 runs.
The ordinary batting effort came after a sensational performance from pacer Mohammad Shami, who took a career-best six for 56 in Australia’s second innings to bring India back into the contest. Shami removed the set Usman Khawaja (72) and Tim Paine (37) to trigger a batting collapse that saw Australia being all out for 243 after the duo batted out the entire morning session. (Australia vs India – Day 4 Full Report)