Australia beat India by 146 runs before lunch on the fifth and final day of the second test on Tuesday to level up the four-match series at 1-1.
The tourists, chasing 287 runs for victory, were dismissed for 140 at the new Perth Stadium when Jasprit Bumrah was caught and bowled by quick Pat Cummins.
It was a first win in eight test matches for Australia. India, who won the opener at Adelaide Oval by 31 runs, have never won a test series in Australia.
The series continues with the Boxing Day test at Melbourne Cricket Ground starting on Dec 26 before concluding with the fourth test in Sydney in the New Year. As always, Twitter was abuzz and here's how Twitterati reacted to Australia's series-levelling win in Perth.
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) December 18, 2018
This is Australia's 999th win in international cricket. Australia's 9th win in international cricket: Sydney 99th win in international cricket: Adelaide 999th win in international cricket: Perth#AUSvIND — Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) December 18, 2018
Alas, India’s tail has no muscle to wag even a bit. Well played Australia! Massive win shifts momentum in their favour in the series
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 18, 2018
First Test win for Australia since Durban. That is a very long time between drinks. It also sets up this series beautifully. A live Test at the MCG is a proper Christmas present! #AUSvIND
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) December 18, 2018
Indians to score a Test century at Perth: 1977: Gavaskar & India lost 1977: Amarnath & India lost 1992: Sachin & India lost 2018: Kohli & India lost — Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) December 18, 2018
Australia’s first win in 8 Test matches.
Tim Paine’s first as captain.
Justin Langer’s first as coach.
— Kath Loughnan (@KathLoughnanFOX) December 18, 2018
Through Kohli and Shami, India produced the best individual performances in the match, but the sum of Australia’s parts was enough for a comprehensive win. And Australia won by fighting, not by snarling. — Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) December 18, 2018
All over! Aust win a Test match for the first time since Newlands scandal. They did it with hostility rather than nastiness. Plenty of emotion out there #AusvInd
— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) December 18, 2018
Very disappointing morning for India. They have been outplayed in this test match and the high of Adelaide is over. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 18, 2018
I think Australia won this test match with old fashioned stubbornness and grit on the 4th morning from Khawaja and Paine. It's been a good match in all respects for Paine
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 18, 2018
Tough, uncompromising, don’t take a backward step cricket from the entire team. What a brilliant win from 🇦🇺 bring on Boxing Day! — Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 18, 2018
With inputs from Reuters
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Wishes poured in on social media for Zaheer, who is currently with Mumbai Indians in the United Arab Emirates for the ongoing IPL as the team's Director of Cricket Operations.