Australia need five wickets in the second test to secure a series-levelling victory with India’s daunting run chase on a menacing pitch teetering at stumps on day four on Monday.
Chasing 287 runs after bowling out Australia’s second innings for 243, India reached the close at 112 for five with Hanuma Vihari 24 not out and Rishabh Pant unbeaten on nine.
Struggling on the Perth Stadium pitch marked by widening cracks, India made a poor start losing the key wickets of Lokesh Rahul for a fourth-ball duck and Cheteshwar Pujara, India’s first test hero in Adelaide, for four.
India’s faint hopes rested on captain Virat Kohli who counter-attacked with several flowing drives in reminiscent fashion to his masterful first innings of 123.
Kohli combined with opener Murali Vijay to stabilise India before he edged a straight Nathan Lyon delivery to Usman Khawaja at slip for 17, sparking scenes of jubilation from the Australian players.
The off-spinner claimed the India talisman for a record seventh time, the most by a bowler.
Here's a look at the statistical highlights from Day 4 of the 2nd Test in Perth.
- The highest target successfully chased in the fourth innings of a Test in 2018 is 160, chased by Pakistan against Ireland at Dublin. Moreover, India have not won any Test chasing 200-plus targets in the last five years. Out of the 12 Tests, they lost eight while four ended in a draw.
- This was Tim Paine's tenth score of 20-plus this year in Tests - the most by any Australian player.
- Mohammed Shami has now picked up 44 wickets in 2018. This is the first time after 2011 (Ishant Sharma - 43) that an Indian pace bowler has taken 40-plus wickets in a calendar year in Tests.
- The Indian pacers have now taken seven five-wicket hauls in Tests in 2018 which is a record. They previously took six five-wicket hauls each in 1981 and 2014.
- This is the first time Mohammed Shami has taken six wickets in an innings of a Test match. His previous career-best figures were 5 for 28 against South Africa at Johannesburg earlier this year. His figures of 6 for 56 in Australia's second innings were the fourth best by an Indian pacer in Tests in Australia.
- KL Rahul has been dismissed bowled seven times out of his last 11 Test innings.
- Nathan Lyon has now dismissed Virat Kohli seven times in international cricket - the joint second most times that any bowler has dismissed Indian captain across formats.
- Nathan Lyon has now taken 45 wickets against India in Tests in Australia which is the joint most by a player against India alongside Brett Lee.
With inputs from Reuters
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Ian Healy lashed out at Australia skipper Tim Paine for for sledging India's Ravichandran Ashwin on the final day.
The incident occurred in the 56th over of India's first innings on Saturday when Paine criticized the umpire's decision following an unsuccessful DRS review against Cheteshwar Pujara.
"They (Australians) played without real commitment. They weren't right in the contest often enough. There weren't hungry to convert 60 runs to 130 runs with individual totals," Healy said.