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India vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 5 in Perth Highlights: As it Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 18, 2018, 9:21 AM IST

2nd Test, Perth Stadium, Perth 14 - 18 December, 2019

Toss won by Australia (decided to bat)

Australia beat India by 146 runs

Man of the Match: Nathan Lyon



AUSTRALIA WIN: The hosts get the last Indian wicket and the visitors lose the Test by a whopping 146 runs. What an ordinary batting display by the Indians this has been.  


NINE DOWN: You just can't expect anything from this tail. One wicket makes way for another. This time it's Cummins who gets the wicket of Ishant. Another short delivery and Ishant pokes at it. He departs for 0. India are 140/9. 


OUT: Another one bites the dust. Starc picthes the ball short and Yadav doesn't have the technique to withstand that gives a simple catch to Starc. Australia two wickets away from a win. India are 139/8. 



Nathan Lyon surpasses Brett Lee to become the highest wicket-taker in Tests against India in Australia - 46 wickets. 


OUT: Lyon continues. Pant plays a drive towards point for a four. This is perhaps the only loose ball that Lyon has bowled till now. In the meanwhile Umesh is still stuck on 0. And Harris plucks a beautiful catch. Pant has thrown his wicket away once again. India are 137/7.


This doesn't look good for India. Pant doesn't look settled at the crease, whereas the tail has already started for India. We could see India lose in this very sessio only. It's 131/6. 


There is a promotion for Umesh Yadav in the batting order. But Pant has decided to go for his shots and one Starc delivery flies over the slips for a four. India move to 128/6. 


OUT: First wicket of the day for Australia as Starc dismisses Vihari. The ball comes back in and Vihari edges one on the thigh pad that goes in the hands of short leg fielder. India are 119/6. 


Till now in the two overs Pant hasn't gone for the extravagant shots which is pleasing to see. India crawl ahead with 115/5 in 43 overs. 


Lyon starts well once again and all eyes are on Rishabh Pant, who has failed to impress with the bat in the match. It's a great opportunity for him to make this count, even if India do not cross the finish line. It's 113/5. 


On to live action now. India have their task cut out. The biggest threat for the Indians will be Lyon, who has already wreaked havoc on the Indians in the series. 


Rahul has been vulnerable to the ball moving in while Vijay has been a sitting duck to anything that swings or seams. Below is the list of India's opening partnerships this year away from home when Rahul and Vijay have opened and the score when either one of them is dismissed. Only on three occasions has at least one of them survived after the team score has crossed 50 – this shows the collective failure of the individuals and the partnership.


Among top order (1-3) players with at least 10 innings’ in 2018, Vijay has the worst average - 18.8 in 15 innings after scoring 282 runs. Rahul is fourth in the same list with 468 runs in 22 innings at 22.28. Vijay has a balls/dismissal rate of 48.14 this year which is his worst since 2011 (more than 1 Test). He has also registered three ducks in 2018, his worst in any year in International cricket.


The task of an opener is also to take the sheen off the new ball and play out overs and time – Vijay-Rahul pair has failed to do so. They have, on an average, played out the lowest number of balls per innings away from home (of 29.08) amongst the 43 opening pairs who have batted together at least 10 times since the turn of the millennium. This basically means that, on an average, India has lost their opening wicket before 5 overs have been completed when Vijay-Rahul have opened. Vijay, once a lynchpin in India's batting order, is now very tentative at the crease and his manner of dismissals have evoked little confidence.


That is how poor Vijay-Rahul have been outside home for India. Just for perspective, Sidhu-Srikkanth had a partnership away average of 33.18, Gambhir-Sehwag of 42.47, Gavaskar-Srikkanth of 46.53 and Sehwag-Chopra of 58.09. In this year alone, Vijay and Rahul have registered three “duck” partnerships - twice at Lord's in England and once in Australia at Perth - and three other partnerships in single digits. Only once have the pair survived over 10 overs away from home this year - at Adelaide during the half-century stand when they played close to 19 overs.


For opening pairs who have batted together at least 10 times away from home, Rahul and Vijay have the third-worst average together - 13.3. Amongst the two opening pairs who have fared worse, the first is from the nineteenth century and the second from Bangladesh at the beginning of the millennium.Rahul and Vijay have batted together 13 times outside India, returning with a partnership aggregate of 173, with a highest opening-wicket score of 63, which was incidentally in this series at Adelaide – this is their only fifty-plus stand outside home. They are, by far, the worst opening pair for India outside home. Their away average is the lowest amongst the 15 Indian opening pairs who have batted together in at least 10 innings. In fact, the second-lowest on this list is the pair of Pananmal Punjabi-Pankaj Roy, who had an opening-partnership average of 25.


2 and 0 and 0 and 20 – another Test match and yet another failure for the Indian opening pair of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul. The numbers suggest that the duo could soon earn the distinction of the worst opening pair away from home in Test history. Yes – that is how poorly they have fared outside India.


Meanwhile, Pandya will join the squad ahead of the third Test in Melbourne, having proven his fitness in Baroda's Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai. He suffered a back injury during the Asia Cup in September and was sidelined for more than two months. He returned to action against Mumbai and shone with bat and ball, scoring 73 and picking seven wickets (5 for 81 and 2 for 21) in the match.


 In Shaw's absence, M Vijay opened with KL Rahul in the first two Tests but both openers have failed in the four innings. Vijay has managed just 49 runs in the series so far, while Rahul has made only 48. Agarwal burst into the Test squad for the home series against Windies after a tremendous year in domestic cricket and for India A. He didn't get into the XI, but was part of the recently concluded India A tour of New Zealand.


Prithvi Shaw has failed to recover from his ankle injury and is ruled out of the remaining two Tests against Australia. Mayank Agarwal has been named his replacement. India have also added Hardik Pandya to the squad. Shaw twisted his ankle and suffered a ligament injury while fielding during the practise game against Cricket Australia XI before the first Test. He began jogging and started taking throwdowns through the course of the first two Tests, increasing hope that he will be fit for the Boxing Day Test starting on December 26. But the team management has decided that he won't be fully fit, and has opted to fly in Agarwal.


It's a no brainer that India got their selection for this Test totally wrong. Despite the presence of spinners like Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav, India still went with an additional fast bowler — Umesh Yadav. Also the opening woes continue to hamper India. With Prithvi Shaw ruled out of the series, Mayank Agarwal has been drafted into the side. 


With 175 runs still to get and just five wickets left, it is safe to assume that India aren't with a chance of winning the Test. But only a miracle see them through. The last recognised batting pair, Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari are still there at the crease, but it remains to be seen whether they can overcome this pressure situation. Hello and welcome to the final day of the second Test. 

India vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 5 in Perth Highlights: As it Happened

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India vs Australia Live Score & Latest Updates:AUSTRALIA WIN: The hosts get the last Indian wicket and the visitors lose the Test by a whopping 146 runs. What an ordinary batting display by the Indians this has been.

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Day 4 report: Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon got two wickets each to leave Australia in sight of a series-leveling victory in the second Test against India in Perth. At stumps on the fourth day, India were 112 for 5 with Rishabh Pant (9) and Hanuma Vihari (24) in the middle, still needing 175 for an unlikely victory. Mohammed Shami had earlier picked up 6 for 56, but couldn't prevent Australia from stretching their score to 243 and setting India a 287-run target on a spicy pitch. Usman Khawaja (72) and Tim Paine (37) had added 72 for the fifth wicket to stretch their lead. India needed a big, big effort from their batsmen to hold on to their lead. That was always going to be difficult given the nature of the pitch. It didn't take too long to find out; KL Rahul fell for a duck four balls into the chase, inside-edging Mitchell Starc not knowing whether to play or leave.

Cheteshwar Pujara followed soon when he nicked Josh Hazlewood to the keeper as India were reduced to 13 for 2 before lunch. For a brief while after the interval, the pitch seemed 'normal' with consistent bounce. M Vijay and Virat Kohli dug in for a while in a 35-run stand. Vijay, who has been loose in the series so far, was far more tight in defence and confident while driving. Kohli was being Kohli, and India moved on. And then Lyon entered. He first had Kohli edging to slip with a straighter one, leaving India 48 for 3. There were seven wickets remaining, but it was perhaps game, set and match right there. Lyon then had Vijay with a beautifully flighted one which tempted the batsman, only for the ball to turn in and hit the stumps. Vijay's 20 had taken 67 balls, and it remains to be seen if he'll get another game at this level.

Ajinkya Rahane threw his bat around a bit for a 47-ball 30 and perished in the same mode, slashing Hazlewood to point. Vihari, who was yet again solid and impressive with the bat, took India to stumps without any further damage. Australia began the day on 132 for 4, and set the perfect platform for the day with a wicket-less first session. Usman Khawaja and Tim Paine added only 58 runs from 30 overs before lunch, but India's agony extended with every passing over. Shami led the fightback after the break, getting Paine with a brutal, unplayable short ball that was gloved to Kohli at second slip. Aaron Finch, who had retired hurt with a thumb injury on the third day, followed the very next ball when he gloved one down leg side. Khawaja too fell to a quick short ball from Shami which he edged to Rishabh Pant. Nathan Lyon then slashed Shami to deep point to give him his sixth wicket. The momentum switched back to Australia when Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc added 36 for the last wicket, stretching the lead closer to 300.

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