Riding on a brilliant bowling performance, Australia were in a commanding position as India were 112/5 at stumps on Day 4 of the second Test in Perth. The visitors required a daunting 175 run chase to win the match.
After the Australians were bowled out for 243 in their second innings on Monday, India got off to a poor start as Mitchell Starc bowled Lokesh Rahul out for a duck on the fourth ball of India’s second innings. The nightmare continued in the Indian camp as Josh Hazelwood got Cheteshwar Pujara (4) caught behind with a scorecard of just 13/2 before the tea break.
India couldn’t hold it longer on the pitch as they lost more, including the wickets of skipper Virat Kohli (17) and opener Murli Vijay (20) in a quick session. Ajinkya Rahane managed to reach a gritty 30 before Hazelwood sent him back to the pavilion, putting India in a 98/5 dire strait.
Hanuma Vihari (24) and Rishabh Pant (9) were batting at stumps.
Earlier, Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja, who get caught behind from a Mohammad Shami bouncer, hit 72 runs and established a solid 190/4 overnight fifth wicket partnership at lunch.
Paceman Shami took a career-best figures of 6/56, joining the Indian elite group of pacers as the fourth best bowling figure in Australia.