Australia vs India 2nd Test Perth: India opener KL Rahul once again failed to produce a decent performance when it mattered the most as he was dismissed for nought on day 4 of the second Test between Australia and India in Perth. After getting bowled in the first innings of the Perth Test, Rahul was castled again by Australia’s bowling spearhead Mitchell Starc. With this, the young batsman joined Sunil Gavaskar in an embarrassing record by getting bowled twice in both the innings of a Test match. Rahul and Gavaskar have registered ducks in both innings of a Test most number of times, something none of them would be proud of. Both have got bowled thrice in Test cricket. Also Read - Ravichandran Ashwin Equals Imran Khan's Record With Eighth Man-of-The-Series Award
However, the strange fact is – Gavaskar has played 125 Tests, while Rahul achieved this dubious feat in 33 Tests. Rahul was unsure as to leave the ball or play it. It came off the outer part of the bat and clipped the bails, he was out and India was in trouble straightaway. A hint of inswing for Starc from a length and Rahul was in two minds – whether to play or leave. Chose the latter, but was too late to withdraw his bat. The ball hits the bat and deflects onto the stumps. Also Read - Will Rishabh Pant Reverse-Flick a Fast Bowler Again? The Wicketkeeper Responds
Earlier, India suffered a poor start in their chase of 287 after pacer Mohammad Shami brought back the visitors back in the second Test with a six-wicket haul on day four here on Monday. Shami took career-best figures of 6/56 as Australia were bowled out for 243 runs in their second innings. India were then reduced to 15/2 at tea with Murali Vijay (6 not out) and Virat Kohli (0 not out) at the crease. KL Rahul (0) played another indecisive stroke and was bowled off Mitchell Starc (1-6) on the fourth ball of the second innings. The bigger moment came when Josh Hazlewood (1/5) had Cheteshwar Pujara (4) caught behind off a faint edge in the fourth over to leave India leaning on Kohli once again.
Post a wicket-less morning session, Australia collapsed in a heap as they lost five wickets for 15 runs in the space of eight overs. Shami was the wrecker-in-chief, taking 4-26 in seven overs after lunch, as his express pace combined with short stuff bamboozled the Australian lower order.