Twitter Reactions: Australia level the series in Perth as India falter in chase again

Having lost the first match in Adelaide, Australia made an astounding comeback in Perth. It was the brand new stadium in Perth as the venue migrated from the WACA to the Optus Stadium. There was always a keen eye on the pitch whether it would produce a similar pace and bounce as the WACA.

The new venue indeed lived up to the expectations as the ball was flying through all the time. The Indian bowlers had a great time but the batsmen faltered that cost them the game. Australia won the toss and elected to bat on a surface that was covered with green and lively grass. But opposite to the expectations, there wasn’t much on offer for the bowlers initially.

Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch added 112 runs for the first wicket as both scored fifties. The Indian bowlers made a good comeback and restricted the opposition to 326. India’s batting in the first innings was all about Virat Kohli who made a wonderful 123. Ajinkya Rahane also made a half-century but India fell short of Australian total by 43 runs.

Mohammed Shami bagged his career-best figures of 56/6 in the second innings. However, Australia dragged the score to 243 on the back of 72 by Usman Khawaja. As a result, India had to chase 287 to win. The visitors were never in the chase and lost wickets at regular intervals. In the end, India got bowled out for 140 which meant Australia won by 146 runs and leveled the series 1-1 with 2 Tests to go.

Match Summary

Australia won the toss and opted to bat first

Australia 1st innings: 326/10 in 108.3 overs

Marcus Harris 70 (141), Travis Head 58 (80)

Ishant Sharma 41/4 (20.3), Jasprit Bumrah 53/2 (26)

India 1st innings: 283/10 in 105.5 overs

Virat Kohli 123 (257), Ajinkya Rahane 51 (105)

Nathan Lyon 67/5 (34.5), Josh Hazlewood 66/2 (21)

Australia 2nd innings: 243/10 in 93.2 overs

Usman Khawaja 72 (213), Tim Paine 37 (116)

Mohammed Shami 56/6 (24), Jasprit Bumrah 39/3 (25.2)

India 2nd innings: 140/10 in 56 overs

Ajinkya Rahane 30 (47), Rishabh Pant 30 (61)

Nathan Lyon 39/3 (19), Mitchell Starc 46/3 (17)

Australia won by 146 runs

Player of the Match: Nathan Lyon


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