After 7 Tests Aus Register a Win, Paine’s First One as a Captain
Australia defeated India by 146 runs in the second Test to level the four-match series at 1-1 in Perth on Tuesday.
India were dismissed for 140 runs in their second innings on the fifth and final day.
- India’s 140 in the second innings would be the lowest total of the series so far. Prior to this, the lowest total made by either team in the two Test matches was 235 - made by Australia in their first innings of the series opener at Adelaide.
Starting the final day at the overnight score of 112/5, the visitors seemed over-awed by the daunting challenge of getting 170-odd runs in difficult conditions against the formidable Australian bowling.
The Indians needed at least one big partnership but none of their batsmen could stick around for too long and were bundled out pretty quickly.
- Australia's 146-run win in the second Test was their first win in 7 Test matches and also their first win under Tim Paine as captain.
Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc was the most successful among the Australian bowlers with three wickets each.
Although the pitch did not have too much turn, Lyon did well to outfox the Indian batsmen with his variations and richly deserved his match haul of eight wickets.
- With figures of 53.5-10-106-8 in the Perth Test, Nathan Lyon equalled Muttiah Muralitharan's record for most 8-wicket match hauls against India; both bowlers now have five 8-wicket match hauls against India.
The visitors lost their first wicket of the day soon after the start when Hanuma Vihari was dismissed by Starc.
Pant was dismissed by Lyon a short while later when he went for a drive and the inside edge went to Peter Handscomb on the onside.
The Indian tail did not wag too much and the Australians cleaned up the remaining wickets to clinch a well deserved victory.
- India's lower order - batsmen batting at numbers 8, 9, 10 & 11 - together contributed 11 runs in the entire match. It was the second-lowest match aggregate for India's last four when they have all batted twice. The only other occasion when India's last four added fewer runs - both innings combined - was when Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra together only scored 5 runs in both innings of the 2003-04 Melbourne Test.
- The Perth Test was India's 9th failed run-chase under Virat Kohli as captain in Test matches. Under Kohli's captaincy, India have successfully chased only twice, salvaging a draw on two other occasions. The only other Indian captain to suffer as many defeats as Kohli in run-chases was Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi.