On day four of the second test, on Monday, India’s second innings started on a sticky note as Australia picked two quick wickets and India was 15/2 at tea. Starc and Hazlewood picked one wicket each – Rahul and Pujara respectively.
Australia started their Day Four on a solid note as they took a 286 run lead over India.
At lunch, Australia were 190, leading by 233 runs
with six wickets still in their hand at the Perth Stadium. However, a post lunch 5 wicket haul for the pacer Mohammed Shami and one for Bumrah sent the team back to the pavilion. They were 243 all out, leading India by 246 runs.
Resuming at their overnight total of 132 runs, the Tim Paine-led side did not lose any wicket in the first session of the day taking their score to 190 runs till the lunch break.
Top-order batsman Usman Khawaja and skipper Paine showed impressive resilience right from the start of the Day’s play with a combined contribution of 58 runs to keep themselves one step ahead of the visiting side.
Indian bowlers, on the flip side, threw a lot of effort this morning but did not have much luck in the opening session.
Yesterday, Indian bowlers had departed back most of the Australia top-order batsmen and were expected to the hosts some early blows on a fresh day but Khawaja and Paine maintained their calm and patience.
India are leading the four-match Test series 1-0 and are hoping to take an unassailable lead after clinching the second Test, as well.
(with ANI inputs)