It took another 18 overs for India to claim the last four Australian wickets as the Aussies clearly had the upper hand before the start of India’s innings having made 326 in their first innings at Perth on Saturday. On a bouncy track, everyone was expecting the Australian quicks to cause trouble and bundle out India on Day 2 itself.
The Australian pace army started exactly the same with Mitchell Starc cleaning up Vijay for a duck with an absolute ripper of a delivery. The in-swinger from Starc went between the pads and bat to rattle the stumps, followed by another beauty from Hazlewood claiming Rahul’s wicket for 2(17), and India were left reeling at 8 for 2 after 5.1 overs.
In comes India’s most dependable pair to rescue the ship as India looked in complete disarray. One more wicket and India would have been in all sorts of trouble and nobody knew that better than the duo themselves.
While the Aussies were hoping to have a few more before lunch, Virat and Pujara thought otherwise. What followed was a brilliant partnership of 76 runs off 200 deliveries before Pujara falling for 24 off Starc in the most disheartening fashion. The duo showed great courage and perseverance, tackling the fierce attack with ease.
Australia somehow got a wicket in the 82 over in the form of Pujara and for a minute thought about dominating from there on, however, Ajinkya Rahane vanished all their hopes who started the innings in an aggressive fashion, quickly reaching 23 off 24 balls, studded with two fours and a six, before playing in his usual-self and ending the day unbeaten on 51.
Skipper Virat Kohli spearheaded the fight back with an unbeaten 82 off 181 deliveries who shaped as the major stumbling block for Australia.
India are 172 for 3 at the end of second day’s play of the second test. Virat and Co. are right now trailing by 154 runs.