Firstpost Cricast Episode 3: Virat Kohli's ton, Australia's top bowling effort and more talking points from hosts' 146-run win in second Test

Firstpost discusses Australia's first win in the series, Virat Kohli's gritty ton, and collective bowling effort of the hosts in Perth Test.

FirstCricket Staff, Dec 18, 2018 16:28:28 IST

Australia registered an easy win at the Optus Stadium in Perth against India to level the series 1-1. In this latest episode of the Firstpost's Cricast Australia tour of India, we discuss the way hosts overcame Virat Kohli and Co at Perth.

Winning the toss on a tough surface is always a good start and Tim Paine called it right and opted to bat first. Once the Australian openers had raced off to a brilliant start, they always held that ascendancy even when they collapsed, first in the second session and then when they lost their final four wickets for just 49 runs.

However, India fought till four days in the Test thanks to a brilliant Virat Kohli century - he's made this a habit now - but without too much support at the other end, Australia were able to go into the lunch break on day three with a substantial lead under belt.

While the Indian speedsters bowled rather well on day three, the absence of a frontline spinner and Umesh Yadav's relatively underwhelming performance gave Australia the window of opportunity they needed to set India a stiff task on that wicket. A final wicket stand between Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins yielded 36 runs and that only added to the Indian woes.

Chasing 287 for a win, India were pegged back early yet again after KL Rahul fell for a duck and man-of-the-match in the first game, Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed to a ball that reared up from length. While Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli raised the Indian hopes, Nathan Lyon scythed through the middle-order and Starc and Cummins returned on day five to complete the formalities.

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Updated Date: Dec 18, 2018 16:28:28 IST

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1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 England 5253 105
4 New Zealand 3449 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
6 Sri Lanka 4191 91
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1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5442 111
5 Australia 5854 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
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1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 6095 265
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 5248 262
6 New Zealand 7114 245