Sports Cricket 17 Dec 2018 Aus vs India 2nd Tes ...

Aus vs India 2nd Test: India's hopes hanging in balance as Australia dominate Day 4

Published Dec 17, 2018, 10:41 am IST
Updated Dec 17, 2018, 4:53 pm IST
Score after 41 overs, India 112-5 (2nd innings, target 287) Pant 9(19), Hanuma Vihari 24(58); Starc 10-2-28-1.
The big moment came when the India skipper was dismissed by Australia’s in-form spinner Nathan Lyon.(Photo: AP)
 The big moment came when the India skipper was dismissed by Australia’s in-form spinner Nathan Lyon.(Photo: AP)

Perth: Day four of the second Test between Australia and India at the Perth Stadium here belonged to the hosts on Monday.

Chasing a target of 287, India are 112-5, with Hanuma Vihari (24) and Rishabh Pant (9) at the crease.


KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara departed early in India’s run chase, whereas the partnership between Kohli and Murali Vijay just lasted for 35 runs.

The big moment came when the India skipper was dismissed by Australia’s in-form spinner Nathan Lyon.

Following Vijay’s dismissal, Ajinkya Rahane (30) too played his part but Hazlewood struck in the 35th over to dismiss the middle-order batsman.

Earlier, Mohammed Shami’s career-best figures of 6-56 had helped the visitors bowl out Tim Paine’s men for 243 runs. Bumrah had finished with a spell of 3-39.

India 98-5 after 34.5 overs

WICKET! Hazlewood removes Rahane for 30 runs as Travis Head completes the catch

India 55-4 after 21.5 overs

BOWLED 'EM! Lyon at it again, as he removes Murali Vijay for 20 runs. With the ball landing outside off-stump, Vijay tries to play the cover drive which he fails

India 48-3 after 19.1 overs

WICKET! Nathan Lyon strikes, dismisses the big man Kohli for just 17 runs. It was edged and the ball travelled to Usman Khawaja at the slip position

Tea break report

India lost KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara early on in the run chase with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood picking up one wicket each.

At tea break on Day four, the visitors were 15-2, needing another 272 more runs to win.

KL Rahul continued to struggle as Mitchell Starc seemed too powerful for the 26-year-old.

India 13-2 after 3.5 overs

WICKET! Pujara dismissed by Josh Hazlewood courtesy a Tim Paine catch.

India 0-1 after 0.4 overs

WICKET! Bowled 'em! Mitchell Starc provides the breakthrough for Aussies as KL Rahul continues to struggle. Rahul dismissed for a duck.

Australia 2nd innings

Australia were bowled out for 243 in their second innings during the second Test against India, meaning that the visitors needed 287 runs to win.

Mohammed Shami finished with career-best figures of 6-56, whereas Jasprit Bumrah finished with a spell of 3-39.

Usman Khawaja (72) was the top-scorer for the hosts in the second innings.

Australia 207-9 after 86.5 overs

WICKET! Hanuma Vihari takes a fantastic catch at deep point to gift Mohammed Shami his sixth wicket. Lyon dismissed for five runs.

Australia 198-8 after 83.3 overs

WICKET! Pat Cummins is clean bowled by Bumrah as the hosts suddenly begin to collapse.

Australia 198-7 after 82.1 overs

WICKET! Edged and caught by Rishabh Pant as Mohammed Shami sees off Usman Khawaja for 72 runs. Shami gets a five-wicket haul.

Australia 192-6 after 79 overs

WICKET! Aaron Finch is caught behind by Rishabh Pant as Mohammed Shami gets his fourth wicket in the innings.


Usman Khawaja and Tim Paine extended their partnership to 70 Monday, riding their luck to increase Australia's lead slowly in the second Test against India in Perth.

At lunch on the fourth day, the home side were 190 for four in their second innings, an overall advantage of 233 runs as they look to post a match-winning lead and square the four-Test series.

Khawaja was not out 67 and captain Paine, who was involved in a verbal exchange with Indian counterpart Virat Kohli at the end of the third day's play, was on 37.

Earlier, Virat Kohli’s 25th Test century had taken the visitors to 283, conceding a 43-run lead.