See-saw cricket today, leaves match intriguingly poised. India must get remaining wickets quickly tomorrow. If Aus get 400 or so, pressure will be enormous— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 14, 2018
STUMPS: It's been a mixed kind of a day for both the teams as Australia finish on 277/6. But then this looks like a landmine of a pitch. It would be difficult for India to score these many runs only.
Into the final over of the day and last chance for India to make it their day. They have bowled well in patches, and Australia have been good throughout the day. Australia are 277/6.
We move to final overs of the evening and India would love to finish with wickets. Every ball they look like picking one, but Aussies have done all the hardwork to resist the Indians. It's 268/7.
Tim Paine is somehow resisting the Bumrah attack right now. The batsman has no clue where the ball is moving. Living dangerously here, Paine. Australia are 265/6.
Bumrah is bowling like a dream. He gets the ball to bounce from a crack and it misses everything, It sails over the keeper's head for a four. This is some bowling, Australia reach 257/6.
OUT: Shami shares the new ball with Ishant Sharma. and he delivers straightaway. Head goes for a drive through the off side and finds Shami at third man. Head departs for a well-made 58. Australia are 251/6.
250: And 250 is up for the Aussies with just five wickets down. The situation could have been far worse for them. Now India has decided to take the second new ball.
Travis Head - currently Australia's leading scorer in the series - has played tidily today. He's looked to see off the more dangerous seamers (attacking 24% of their deliveries) and take on the part-time spinners (attacking 43% of their bowling). #AUSvIND— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) December 14, 2018
FIFTY: Yet another fifty for Travis Head in this series. He has been Australia's saviour and bailed them out of a tough situation. Australia move to 237/5.
OUT: Finally Vihari gets a wicket. Marsh tries to cut the ball fine but Rahane takes a sharp catch to dismiss the batsman for 45. Australia are 232/5.
Murali Vijay comes into the attack and Australia have picked up 10 easy runs. This is ordinary captaincy by Kohli, as he is not attacking the batsmen enough. Australia move to 227/4.
Had India got that Marsh wicket earlier, the situation would have been something else. India have given away the initiative now as Australia comfortably move to 217/4.
Vihari, though is doing a decent job but Kohli should now go with his frontline bowlers. Time might just be running out for India. Australia are 213/4 currently.
Vihari going at nearly 4 an over...new ball still 9 overs away. To stick with him or to make a bowling change....tough one for Kohli. Perils of playing four quicks. #ausvind #7cricket @7Cricket @1116sen— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 14, 2018
Indian bowlers are doing the right things but not able to get the wickets. These two batsmen have taken Australian side past 200. And Head gets a boundary on the last ball of the over, Australia are 207/4.
FIFTY PARTNERSHIP: Australian batsmen are fighting hard as Head and Marsh bring up fifty partnership. India has had their chances, but have been ordinary in the field apart from that catch by Kohli. Australia are 198/4.
DROP: Vihari must be cursing keeper Pant right now. The bowler induces an edge off Marsh and Pant couldn't pouch the catch. This miss could cost India dear. He replies with a boundary down the ground. Australia are 192/4.
India are determined to get Shaun Marsh on the back foot - 45% of the balls they've bowled to him have been pitched short, compared to 30% for Head. A classy driver of the ball, India aren't giving him anything in his half. #AUSvIND— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) December 14, 2018
India should be aiming to wrap up Australian innings below 300, because anything more than that, Indians will have a tough task ahead of them. Another over ends as Australia are 183/4.
Indians are getting through the overs fairly quickly. Vihari has given enough confidence to the skipper that he is good enough to keep bowling. Another over comes to an end. Australia are 182/4.
Vihari comes back into the attack and he is still getting those edges from the Aussie batsmen. On the last ball of the over Head Marsh slashes hard and gets a four. Australia move to 177/4.
Bumrah starts a fresh over and Aussies are certainly troubled by the extra pace of the Indian bowlers. This is terrific stuff by the Indians. Australia are 171/4.
Umesh Yadav's average speed in this match (138.82kph) is the fastest he's bowled in his last 10 Tests. #AUSvIND— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) December 14, 2018
Even though the Indian bowlers are in complete control of the Proceedings at the moment, Marsh manages to get a boundary against the run of play, He hammers the ball for a four. Australia 166/4.
India are clearly on top here. Travis Head and Shaun Marsh are barely surviving as Ishant delivers another fiery spell. Australia are 162/4 at the moment.
This pitch has suddenly come to life as the Indians are managing to get edges. Ishant greets Head with a short one and the batsman edges it. But the ball flies over the slips. This is excellent bowling by the Indians. Australia are 153/4.
OUT: What a sensational catch this is from Kohli to dismiss Handscomb. Ishant bowls one short and Handscomb edges one to second slip. Kohli goes full stretch to take a blinder. Australia are 148/4.
India vs Australia Live Score, 2nd Test: Into the final over of the day and last chance for India to make it their day. They have bowled well in patches, and Australia have been good throughout the day. Australia are 277/6.
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PREVIEW: Had the curator not helpfully drawn white lines for the two return creases, it would have been impossible to spot the pitch at the Perth Stadium. The lush green outfield melded seamlessly with the 22-yard strip on which the game would be played and once the first ball is bowled you can be sure it will be anything but seamless. But, while the talk around the pitch was all about a four-day finish, Australia’s captain, Tim Paine, warned that this green mamba may end up looking a lot more spiteful than it plays. That said, with a 1-0 lead under the belt, Virat Kohli was only too happy to see live grass on a hard pitch. What was not a cause for any joy, however, was the medical ward within the Indian team. Prithvi Shaw, the first to be given slippers and told to put his feet up, had not recovered sufficiently from his ankle injury to be in contention for a spot in the eleven for the second Test. R Ashwin, who toiled manfully in Adelaide, was ruled out with a left a left-sided abdominal strain. Rohit Sharma, who jarred his shoulder fielding in the first Test, was also out, having not even been able to train in the two days leading up to the second Test.
This meant that India named a thirteen that left them with only one real choice to make. Kuldeep Yadav and Parthiv Patel did mot make the cut, which meant that Hanuma Vihari was a strong bet to be a like for unlike replacement for Rohit Sharma. In Ashwin’s place comes the man who ticks two green-pitch boxes, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose seam movement and swing — conventional swing was predicted for the length of the game — and lower-order batting make him an ideal replacement. But, just in case plenty of grass is taken off the surface come match morning, India left themselves with the option of playing Ravindra Jadeja as a specialist spinner. Kohli was relaxed and confident when he fronted the media, speaking in measured tones about the opportunity ahead of his team. “We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches. We understand that we have a bowling attack that can bowl out the opposition now. When you have four, five bowlers at the peak of their ability, it is always a great feeling to have that in the side,” said Kohli. “And for us as batsmen also it gives us a lot of motivation and boosts us up that we can put in those significant match-winning performances, because we have so much belief in our bowling unit right now and we know that if we bat well, we will definitely get the result we want.”
With no Test cricket having been played at the Perth Stadium, which is one of most imposing structures in the circuit, there was no history to go on other than a Sheffield Shield match that had been played at the venue. Brett Sipthorpe, the curator, hoped that the conditions during the Test would match what was served up in that game. “We’re pretty much planning for exactly what we had for the Shield game. The feedback we got back from the players was terrific, I don’t think I’ve spent so much time talking to players during a game but we just wanted to garner as much feedback as we could from the players,” said Sipthorpe.
“We didn’t get any negatives from them, they were all really positive about it. We’re pretty much aiming for the exact same moisture content, and we’re hoping for the exact same pace and bounce.” Trent Copeland, the New South Wales medium-fast bowler, who analyses the game for various media outlets recently wrote that the Perth Stadium pitch was almost identical to the old one at the WACA. “It’s basically what we’ve been asked to do – provide pace, bounce, a bit of live grass and let’s play cricket,” said Sipthorpe, who had earlier predicted a four-day finish and wasn’t worried about trying to get the game to last the distance. “We haven’t been asked about duration at all. “We’ve just been told make it fast, make it bouncy if you can and run with it. I don’t know what’s happened in the past, I’ve heard lots of rumours about commercial pressures and that sort of stuff but I’ve had no correspondence about that. We’re just trying to produce the bounciest pitch we can.” Since he has to lead India out, with a view of regaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, it’s only fair to leave the last word with Kohli. “I have played all around the world for 10 years now and I have never played on a wicket like the one at Johannesburg, to be honest. I have played at Perth as well in 2012 but was not even close to what Johannesburg was,” said Kohli, taking heart from the Wanderers win. “Look we are not alien to pitches like these and we have played on them in the past and this is nothing new for us. We know what to expect on a pitch like this and as I said on a lively wicket where there is grass on the pitch and the surface being hard, you are as much as in the game as the opposition. And there are no favourites.”
India 13-man squad: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.
Australia: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine (capt), Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc