Home side Australia convincingly defeated India by 146 runs in the second Test match played at the Optus stadium, Perth, which became tenth Test venue in the country, registering their 999th win in international cricket.
There were quite a few positives for Australia while for India, it was once again the selection blunder that cost them the match. However, the remaining two Tests make the series more intriguing as both the teams will now try to reach to the safe position of not losing the series, by winning the next Test but before that let’s look at some of the records broken and created during the second Test.
Only Ricky Ponting has now scored more centuries as a captain than Virat Kohli in international cricket. Moreover, he became the second fastest to reach to 25 Test tons by doing it in 127 innings after Don Bradman who did it in 68 innings.
Batting at number four, Kohli has been the fastest to 5,000 Test runs and 7,000 runs (133 innings) in international cricket respectively.
Nathan Lyon went past Brett Lee’s record of taking most wickets against India in Australia in Tests. Moreover, he is at the fourth place in the list of players taking most Test wickets against India with 80 wickets.
Mohammed Shami registered his best figures in Test cricket by taking six wickets in Australia’s second innings. He is also India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests in 2018 with 44 wickets.
No Indian wicket-keeper has affected more dismissals than Rishabh Pant in a Test series against Australia.
No captain has now hit more Test centuries than Kohli against Australia in Australia. He has equaled with Clive Lloyd (4). Kohli’s eight centuries against Australia in Australia are also now the second most by a player in international cricket against them.
This is the first time that India lost seven overseas Tests in a calendar year, eclipsing their previous record of losing six overseas Test in 2014.
- Virat Kohli became the first Asian batsman to score a ton each in South Africa, England and Australia in a calendar year in Tests.
- Nathan Lyon has now taken seven five wicket-hauls against India in Tests which is the joint most by any bowler alongside Muttiah Muralitharan.
- KL Rahul now has been dismissed ‘Bowled’ seven times out of his last 11 Test innings.
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KL Rahul, Chris Gayle scored fifties and Nicholas Pooran smashed a six on the last ball of the match as KXIP ended their losing streak in IPL 2020
RCB captain Virat Kohli also said that his bowlers should have been able to defend 171 against KXIP.
Both teams made a lot of tactical blunders throughout the 40 overs, so much so that towards the climax, it seemed both were trying their best to lose. But in the end, Punjab had the last laugh by chasing down 172 on the final ball of the match.