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Australia Vs India Live Score (Test)

2nd Test | 14 December, 2018 | Perth Stadium, Perth

140 / 10 Overs56.0 R/R2.5 Fours14 Sixes1 Extras9

Match Status: Match Ended

Match Result: Australia beat India by 146 runs

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Mohammed Shami Batting 0 0 0 0
  • Wow. 2 Test matches, 2 cracking games. Australia stretched India to the limit in Adelaide and here, except the final innings where the Indian batting caved in, both teams were neck-and-neck and small moments made the difference. We now have a week's break as everyone gets busy in their Christmas festivities. Then, comes Boxing Day which will be Australia's biggest game of the year at the MCG. Do join us for that as the third Test begins on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 10.30 am local (2330 GMT, previous night). Hopefully, it is another cracker. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Who is the Man Of The Match? NATHAN LYON! Surprised? Probably not. He has been the difference between the two sides. Is amazed to have played a role in a win as Australia have not tasted victory for a while. Thanks all the support from the supporters and for believing in the team and cannot wait to sing the team's winning song which was passed on to him by Michael Hussey. Credits the entire team for batting well and then bowling with fire. On his own bowling, Lyon says that he did not have to do much as majority of the Indian batsmen came running at him and that aided his bowling. Also, admits that the footholes created by the fast bowlers helped. On having Kohli's number, Lyon says that it feels great to get the number 1 batsman dismissed consistently and the entire team looks forward to try and get him out quickly. On his banter with Pant, Lyon says that it is exciting to watch him play as he is confident to clear the fence with 5 fielders at the boundary, which means that the bowlers are in with a chance regularly.
  • Now comes the victorious Australian captain Tim Paine. Cheekily admits that this win is more of a relief for him. Is proud of his staff and his boys for working hard and is happy that finally some reward has been earned. Agrees that both Tests have been tough and competitive and both teams have not given an inch. On the patience required when a wicket was not falling, Paine says that after the first hour on Day 1, the pitch seemed to flatten out but given that it was behaving up and down, the team was confident that it was a matter of time when wickets started to fall. Says further that the wicket in general was good to bat. On Khawaja's second innings performance, he says that Usman is in a really good space, very calm at the crease and predicts that a big knock is around the corner. On Lyon, he says that he can give the ball at any time to him and he can give you wickets against any opposition in any part of the world. On the MCG Test, Tim says that it is a great honour to lead the Aussie side in that Test and says that the entire team management is looking forward to that game.
  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli is up for a chat first with Isa Guha. Kohli says that as a team they played well in patches and admits that Australia played much better than India with the bat and feels 330 was a bit too much and they deserved to win. On being asked for the target, Virat says that in the middle, no one thinks that any target is impossible to chase but when one is in the dressing room, all such thoughts come into the minds. Stresses that India tried hard and were confident but Australia stuck into their task and kept coming hard at the Indians. Praises the Indian bowling attack in the second innings and their relentlessness as if they do not pick up wickets, they do not give runs either. On the Jadeja selection conundrum, VK says that at the toss, he would not have picked Jadeja due to the grass. But praises Lyon for the way he bowled as per the conditions. But stresses that looking at the grass on the first day, four fast bowlers would have been enough was the thought. On this own batting, Kohli says that he is just focussed in contributing to the team's winning cause. On his controversial catch by Handscomb, Virat does not look too much into it and says that the decision stays on the field. Is looking forward to the Boxing Day Test amidst a fill house at the MCG.
  • You don't see this much often but read this - Indian bowlers were better than their counterparts, that too, in the latter's backyard. But Australia's batsmen outplayed the Indian batters. It will be interesting to see who is awarded the Player Of The Match. Stay tuned for the presentation...
  • Spare a thought for the Indian bowlers. Before this year started, every Indian fan must have been complaining - 'Our batting is terrific. But our bowling is toothless overseas.' Under Virat Kohli, the bowlers look fired up but sadly for him, the batting is not stepping up. It is a collective failure and even though, one might argue that the management misread the conditions by selecting the wrong playing XI, at some point of time, if the batting does not fire collectively, the team is going to pay for it.
  • In true manner, Australia have 'bounced back' in this series. The pacers actually bounced out the Indians this morning and it was really ruthless, finishing the game off pretty quickly. Starc has responded to Shane Warne's criticism pretty well, strutting his fitness with 5 wickets and quality bowling. Hazlewood and Cummins did their bit and the biggest difference in this match - NATHAN LYON - 53.5-10-106-8 - bit the Indians hard. Their ploy of not going in with a specialist spinner backfired. Without a doubt, Ravindra Jadeja or Kuldeep Yadav could have influenced the outcome of this match.
  • If you just look at this match alone, we can compare it with India's batting performances in England. Kohli stands out, without a doubt. But cricket is a team game. This bloke has been scoring around 50-60 percent of the team's totals since 2018 in Tests and eventually, when the opposition attack is better, the rest of the batting line-up gets exposed. The hosts needed a good start to make a fist of this run chase and probably, the game was sealed in the 20th over, when the captain edged one to slip.
  • Was this a match where a win at the toss meant a win at that time itself? Perhaps. Have a look at the innings run-rates. The hosts played at around 3 an over. India replied with 2.67. Then it was only 2.6 for the Kangaroos in their second dig. And in the final innings, it came down to 2.5. Clearly, the pitch got more and more difficult to bat as the game progressed and eventually, a target of 287 was way too many for India.
  • Bumrah and Shami have to wait a while to shake hands. The Aussies take a moment for themselves. They have not got an opportunity to do this for so many months. Every player is hugging one another and just crushing each other's hair. Finally, they disperse and the players shake hands. Well played, Australia.
  • 'Series is on, boys and girls!' says an excited Michael Clarke on air. Sensational win for Australia. First win for Australia since March 2018. 5 losses and 1 draw have preceded this match. First win for Tim Paine as captain. First win for Justin Langer as coach. Boy, aren't they delighted!
  • 55.6OUT! It is all over! India are bowled out for 140. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 146 RUNS AND THE SERIES IS BACK LEVEL AT 1-1. The ball is on a good length and Bumrah looks to go for a slog but manages to get just a top edge. The ball goes high in the air but Pat Cummins takes a smart catch while sitting down right in front of the non-striker's end stumps. What a morning, 5 wickets within an hour and it wouldn't be far-fetched to say that this was on the cards too. It was just a matter of one wicket in the morning. The Aussies are elated and there are massive celebrations, hasn't taken them long to nip this off.
  • 55.5Another swipe at this one outside off and it is missed completely by the tailender.
  • 55.4Outside off, and Bumrah is beaten as he goes for a cut on the off side.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is the last batsman to the crease.
  • 55.3OUT! Number 9 is gone now. And it was pretty expected as well. Short delivery outside off, Ishant backs away and tries to hit it through the off side but gets a thick outside edge straight into the gloves of Tim Paine. Australia need just 1 more wicket level the series.
  • 55.2Goes short again on off, Ishant tries to slash hard but misses.
  • 55.1Short delivery again on middle, Sharma defends it off the back foot and onto the ground.
  • 55.1Starts off with a short delivery. Ishant nicely ducks underneath it.
  • Mohammed Shami is in at number 10. Meanwhile, Drinks have also been called for. Pat Cummins to bowl now.
  • 54.6OUT! Brutal is the word. Starc gives the Indians a taste of their own medicine. Yesterday, Shami and Bumrah were aiming at the batsman's head. Today, it is Starc's turn to give it back. Yadav backs away to hit this away but the bowler follows him and the ball is aimed at Umesh's head. The bouncer is too good for the tailender and all he can do is just hang his bat out in front of his face. The ball goes off the top of the handle and pops up back to Starc for what probably could be one of the easiest catches of his career. Australia just 2 away now! 139/8
  • 54.5Kept out, from outside the off stump.
  • 54.4Yadav manages to get bat on this and push it away to square leg for a couple.
  • 54.3Quick, real quick! 150.9 kph. The ball goes off the inside edge and gets hit on the pads. The ball just drops on the off side.
  • 54.2Yadav wanted to hit that to Melbourne it seems! Getting hit maybe initiated this. Makes room to another bouncer and goes for a huge swipe and misses completely.
  • 54.1Ouch! That would be nasty. Starc comes around the wicket and the ball is a nasty bouncer aimed at the head. Yadav takes his eyes off the ball and is hit on the left shoulder.
  • 53.6The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 137/7
  • 53.5Woah! Turn and bounce and almost had Ishant off the first ball. Well outside off, Ishant wants to feel the ball but misses. Paine goes up in an appeal almost instantly and then the others follow suit. The umpire wants nothing to do with it though.
  • Ishant Sharma is in at number 9.
  • 53.4OUT! What a stunning catch from Handscomb. Pant departs. It was nicely tossed up by Lyon on middle, Pant charges down the track and tries to whack it over mid-wicket but hits his inside half of the bat and the ball flies towards Handscomb at short mid-wicket who dives full-length to his left and takes a brilliant catch. That must surely be curtains for India now. Australia need 3 wickets more to level the series.
  • 53.3Outside off, Pant lets it go.
  • 53.2Flatter on middle, Pant defends it from within the crease.
  • 53.1FOUR! Lyon drags it short outside off, Pant cuts it through backward point and the ball races away to the boundary. Good shot from the left-hander.
  • 52.6Outside off and defended back down the ground. Yadav survives the four balls! 133/6
  • 52.5A loud appeal but the umpire is unmoved! The ball is short of a length and seems to have landed in line. It keeps low and Umesh who is jumping thinking that the ball will bounce, is rapped on the pads. But the impact seems to be outside off and the ball seems to be missing off. Probably what made the decision go in favor of the batsman. That was quick, 142.6 kph to be precise.
  • 52.4Another bouncer! This time Yadav gets out of the line and goes for the wild swipe but yet again, he makes no connection. Also, tumbles while attempting the shot.
  • 52.3Some chin music first up! Umesh does what a tailender would do. Takes his eyes off and goes for the swing but connects with only air.
  • 52.2A short of a length ball on middle and leg, the ball is pushed towards mid-wicket. Pant runs the first one very hard but there is only one available there and Umesh has four balls to face from Mitchell Starc now.
  • 52.1Another bouncer on middle, Pant gets his bat high and plays the ball out on the leg side. The run isn't taken though.
  • 51.6Gives it a bit of air on off, Yadav comes forward and tries to defend it but it flies off the inside edge of the bat. Luckily for Yadav he did not fall in the hands of the short leg fielder. 132/6
  • 51.5Flighted delivery on off, UY watchfully blocks it.
  • 51.4A tad full on off, Yadav defends it with a straight bat.
  • 51.3Loopy delivery on middle, UY defends it by presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 51.2On middle, Yadav defends it off the front foot and onto the ground.
  • 51.1Tossed up delivery on off, Pant dances down the track and smashes it towards long off for a run.
  • 50.6Snorter! Absolute snorter from Starc to end the over. Pant jumps and is out of position as he tries to fend it off. Luckily for him though, the ball goes off his glove and towards the floating third man for a single. He retains strike for the next over. 131/6
  • 50.5Outside off, defended off the back foot towards cover. No single available there.
  • 50.4Wide outside off and Pant cuts it away in the gap wide of third man. Marcus Harris comes around from his third man position and in the nick of time, sees that Nathan Lyon also is running in his direction from sweeper cover. The former does well to jump over the latter and evade a nasty collision. The batsmen pick up two by the time the ball comes back.
  • 50.3There is a floating third man and a very fine third man in position now as well. Starc serves a bouncer down the leg side. Pant goes for the pull but does not connect. Paine collects it down the leg side.
  • 50.2Outside off and short of a length, Pant glides it in the air to the third man fielder. The batsmen don't run.
  • 50.1On a length and on off stump, Pant turns it away to deep backward square leg. The run is declined.
  • 49.6Flatter on middle, UY keeps it out. 128/6
  • 49.5Good delivery that from Lyon. Gives it a bit of air on off. Yadav tries to defend it but it goes past the outside edge of the bat.
  • 49.4Tossed up delivery on off, Yadav dead bats it.
  • 49.3The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 49.2A tad short outside off, Umesh tries to go for the cut, but misses it completely.
  • 49.1Tosses up on off, Umesh defends it off the front foot and onto the ground.
  • 48.6FOUR! Outside off and short in length. Pant goes to slash it and gets the top edge that goes very fine and all the way to the fence. No chance for the third man fielder to stop that. 8 runs off the over. 128/6
  • 48.5Short outside off, stands tall and blocks it on the off side. Wants a run but cannot find it as the fielder is too close to the ball.
  • 48.4Well placed again by the Indian keeper, he pushes this full one into the gap wide of long off and picks up another two. The throw was at the non-striker's end but Umesh made it in easily.
  • 48.3What a good shot! But for no runs. Full outside off, Pant drives it beautifully down the ground to long off but realizes he can't get two there so doesn't go for a run.
  • 48.2Well played and placed by Pant this time, the ball was short and aimed at his hips. He stands tall and works it away on the leg side for a couple. Good running from the batsmen too.
  • 48.1Almost had another one there! Starc serves this on off stump, the ball straightens after landing and has Pant squared up as he went to defend this from inside the crease.
  • 47.6Gives it a bit of air on off, Umesh keeps it out. 120/6
  • 47.5Floats it up outside off, Yadav defends it with a straight bat.
  • 47.4Flatter on off, RP punches it off the back foot towards point for a single.
  • 47.3Flighted outside off, Pant lets it go.
  • 47.2Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 47.1Lucky escape for Pant. Lyon nicely tosses it up on off, Pant goes uppishly over covers but did not get the timing he wanted and the ball falls just short of the deep cover fielder.
  • Umesh Yadav is the next batsman in.
  • 46.6OUT! There is the wicket! There is the opening and it has come due to the extra speed of Mitchell Starc. The ball is on a length, pitching just on middle and leg. Vihari who was playing inside the line, gets an inside edge and the ball hits his thigh pad and lobs up for a simple catch to Harris at mid-wicket. The Aussies are elated. They knew that one wicket will open up the way to the long Indian tail. Starc has provided the breakthrough and now a quick finish is on the cards. Australia need 4 more wickets to win. 119/6
  • 46.5Almost a carbon copy of the previous ball, maybe slightly more outside off.
  • 46.4Good ball right on the money from Starc on top of off. Vihari stands tall and defends it into the ground.
  • 46.3Wide outside off, Pant is drawn into the drive but controls it well and guides it wide off point to get a run.
  • 46.2Short and aimed at the hips, Hanuma controls this well and fends it off on the leg side for a single.
  • 46.1Outside off and short of a length, Vihari sways out of the way and lets the ball fly through.
  • 45.6Floats it up outside off, this time Vihari sweeps it towards fine leg for a run. Good over from Lyon. 117/5
  • 45.5Fuller outside off, Vihari tries to sweep but it takes the inside edge onto it and hits the pads.
  • 45.4A touch short on middle, Hanuma punches it off the back foot towards point.
  • 45.3Flighted delivery on middle, Hanuma comes down the track and defends it.
  • 45.2Tosses it up outside off, HV tries to sweep it but was hit low on the pads.
  • 45.1Flatter on middle, Vihari defends it off the back foot.
  • 44.6A ripper to end the over! Outside off on a length and Pant goes feeling for the ball. The ball holds its line and just whizzes past the outside edge. 116/5
  • 44.5Wide and short outside off stump, Pant leaves the ball alone.
  • 44.4Fuller on off stump, Pant comes ahead and puts bat on ball. The ball rolls towards the point fielder.
  • 44.3Well outside off, left alone by Rishabh.
  • 44.2Another short ball on off, Pant defends it off the back foot again.
  • 44.1Short of a length outside off, Pant stands tall and plays it with soft hands to point.
  • 43.6Full and outside off, HV comes ahead and dead-bats. 116/5
  • 43.5Well defended by Vihari on the back foot.
  • 43.4The surprise quicker one, catches Pant unawares. He does well to bring his bat down in time, the ball goes off the inside edge and runs to the leg side as the batsmen pick up a single. Good change up from the bowler, almost got his man.
  • 43.3Shorter in length, Pant goes back in his crease and defends it.
  • 43.2This is a beauty! Turn and bounce. There is loop on this one unlike the previous ball and Pant is beaten on the outside as he came forward to defend it. Good stuff!
  • 43.1Flatter drifter outside off, Pant defends coming forward.
  • 42.6Full and outside off, Pant drives this to backward point for a single and keeps strike. 115/5
  • 42.5Well outside off, Pant declines the invitation to free his arms and lets it go.
  • 42.4Very full and attacking the stumps, Pant pushes it to mid-wicket.
  • 42.3Good ball to Pant too! On length and hitting top of off stump, Pant does well to block it out towards mid on.
  • 42.2Oooh! Inside edge down to fine leg for a single. Slightly fuller, Vihari came ahead to defend but the ball went off the inside edge. Starc has hit his straps straightaway.
  • 42.1Short of a length outside off, Vihari shoulders arms to this one.
  • Mitchell Starc to bowl from the other end.
  • 41.6Wide outside off, Pant cuts it away but the point fielder comes to his left and prevents the single. 113/5
  • 41.5A drifter this time, landing on off and coming in. Pant comes ahead and defends it.
  • 41.4Left alone well outside off.
  • 41.3Around the wicket to the leftie, bowls it short. Pant pushes it back to Lyon.
  • 41.2Fuller and quicker outside off, pushed down to long on for the first run of the day.
  • 41.1Well outside off to start off with, left alone by Vihari.
  • The two batsmen, the fielders and the umpires make their way out to the middle. Hanuma Vihari to take strike on the first ball of the last day. It will be bowled by Nathan Lyon.
  • Michael Vaughan with the pitch report on Day 5 says that the cracks have widened more than ever and points to a huge patch outside the right-hander's off stump. Feels that Nathan Lyon should be the most effective and bowling from one end continuously. Ends by saying it has been a brilliant pitch for Test match cricket.
  • Welcome to Day 5 of this closely contested Test match between Australia and India. Australia are within touching distance of victory going into the final day going into Day 5 as they require just 5 wickets to level the series. With the pitch opening up and helping the fast bowlers and spinners, Tim Paine and co. will be looking to wrap it up as soon as possible. Coming to the visitors, they have lost half their side and India will be hoping the likes of Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant show some fight and get them over the line. Should be a cracking day of Test cricket. Do join us in some time for all the action.
  • ... Day 5, Session 1 ...
  • So, looking forward to the final day, then. 175 runs or 5 wickets? The latter certainly looks easier. But you never know in cricket. Funny things happen and the match isn't over till the last ball is bowled. Australia are the firm favorites to win and bring the series back to level terms, but this new India is unlikely to go down without a fight. Join us for Day 5 from Perth beginning at 1020 local (0220 GMT). Till then, goodbye and cheers!
  • The day began with a very slow first session when the overnight batsmen continued till Lunch while not scoring too fast. What followed was madness as the hosts lost 4 wickets for 6 runs. But the last pair managed to stave off the pace and took the target for India to 287. The Indian chase began poorly, losing both Rahul and Pujara before Tea. Kohli and Vijay fought for a bit but they too fell to the guile of Lyon. And at the fag end of the day, Rahane was also lost. The current pair managed to survive the remaining overs but they have a huge task on their hands tomorrow if they want to keep the scoreline at 0-1 or make it 0-2.
  • What a day of cricket! The hosts have come alive and how! They first batted almost more than half the day to get to 243 and then have scalped 5 wickets of the Indians. The tourists need 175 runs to win and the Aussies need 5 wickets. And considering the frailty of the Indian tail, the hosts have a massive upper hand in the game. Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant are the last recognized batting pair at the crease. The pitch is responding beautifully to Nathan Lyon and there is also variable bounce for the pacers. India will be wondering where they went wrong, some indecision, some poor shots, and some times you just had to give it to wonderful bowling by the hosts.
  • 40.6There is the double bluff! The short leg had been called for the last ball of the day and what followed was a yorker. Rishabh Pant is smart though and digs it out. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 4 WITH INDIA ON 112/5. 112/5
  • 40.5Full and driven towards mid off.
  • 40.4What pace here from Starc! 141.3 kph at the fag end of the day. The ball was on a length and Pant defends it towards cover. The ball turns in his hand as he plays the shot.
  • 40.2Well outside off, left alone.
  • 40.1No the umpires decide we have time to get one more over in. Starc bowls the first one down leg. Pant looks to guide it down to fine leg but misses the ball.
  • 39.6Left alone outside off but the ball rares up too much to hit the keeper on his grill. He is fine though. 112/5
  • 39.5Flatter ball outside off, Vihari is in his crease as he defends this ball.
  • 39.4Front foot defense onto the ground.
  • 39.3Almost had him there! Pant comes down the wicket and looks to hoick it over cow corner. It goes off the inside half and it almost carries to mid-wicket but the ball just evades him. The batsmen get a single.
  • 39.2Left alone, outside off.
  • 39.1Flatter ball on the pads, flicked away in the gap towards square leg for a couple.
  • Should most probably be the last over of the day.
  • 38.6Bouncer but well down leg stump, the batsman wants nothing to do with it. 109/5
  • 38.5Short of a length outside off, defended onto the off side from well within the crease.
  • 38.4Outside leg and short of a length, Vihari tries to help it on its way to the boundary but the ball is missed by him.
  • 38.3Worked away off the pads towards fine leg for a single.
  • 38.2Left alone outside off.
  • 38.1Leading edge but safe! The ball is on length on the off stump. Pant who was looking to drive it down the ground gets the leading edge as the ball straightens after landing. It is in the air but wide of point. The batsmen come back for two. Very lucky for Pant.
  • 37.6Around the wicket, Vihari comes ahead and dead-bats it. 106/5
  • 37.5Left alone as it is outside off stump.
  • 37.4Full and driven well through the covers, but straight to the fielder.
  • 37.3Outside off and left alone. The ball seems to have hit a crack and gone the other way.
  • 37.2Flatter ball outside off, pushed to point.
  • 37.1Outside off, on a short length, cut away to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 36.6FOUR! A short ball on the leg side, Vihari just turns it around the corner, doesn't get the best connection but nevermind, it still has legs on it to run away fine to the fine leg boundary. Nice shot from Hanuma. 105/5
  • 36.5Short of a length, Vihari stands tall and defends it with soft hands onto the leg side.
  • 36.4Driven through the covers for a single.
  • 36.3Another play and a miss! The ball is on a length, lands on a crack and straightens. Pant who was ahead to defend is beaten on the outside.
  • 36.2Ouch! The ball rares of a good length and comes back into the batsman. Pant misses the ball and he gets hit on the ribs.
  • 36.1Play and a miss outside off. Pant looks to feel for the ball on a length outside off but doesn't get the bat on it.
  • Mitchell Starc is back on for a quick burst.
  • 35.6100 up for the visitors. Pant punches this one which is bowled outside off to deep cover-point and keeps strike. 100/5
  • 35.5Full and outside off, driven towards the mid off region. Spirited effort from Hazlewood to save runs for his team. The batsmen pick up a single.
  • 35.4Outside off, Vihari comes down and sweeps it fine but straight to the fielder.
  • 35.3Flatter one outside off again, Vihari rocks back and defends it straight back.
  • 35.2Shorter outside off, defended towards point.
  • 35.1Flatter ball on middle and leg, Vihari looks to sweep but gets hit on the glove.
  • Nathan Lyon back on to bowl.
  • 34.6Bouncer to welcome the keeper. Pant gets out of the way. 98/5
  • Rishabh Pant comes in at number 7.
  • 34.5OUT! What a waste of a wicket! Rahane has hit it straight to Head at point. Hazlewood bowls this one outside off on a length and the ball was there to be hit. Rahane goes for the cover slash and times it beautifully. But the ball goes straight to point. Head doesn't have to move an inch. Rahane is disappointed but he has to go. Half the side is back in the hut. Australia need 5 more wickets to win.
  • 34.4Short of a length ball on off stump, Rahane is on his toes as he keeps it out.
  • 34.3Length ball, jags back in and Rahane misses his flick.
  • 34.2Bouncer, coming back into Rahane. He pulls out of the pull at the last moment as there is extra bounce which takes the ball above his head.
  • 34.1Outside off and short, Rahane rocks back and tries to cut it to third man but the ball is stopped on the bounce by gully moving to his left.
  • 33.6Outside off and swinging away a bit, left alone by the batter. 98/4
  • 33.5Short length ball, Vihari defends it to short leg.
  • 33.4Short of a length ball, pulled away by Rahane for a single to deep square leg.
  • 33.3Length ball on middle and straightens a bit after landing. Rahane defends it solidly.
  • 33.2Closer to the off pole, Rahane keeps it out off the front foot.
  • 33.1Outside off and left alone by Jinx on this occasion.
  • 32.6Fuller this time, driven straight to mid off. 97/4
  • 32.5Good ball that, on a length and on middle stump, Vihari does well to get his bat down in time. It rolls off the outside half towards point.
  • 32.4Bouncer, the batsman ducks under it and lets it pass.
  • 32.3Shortens the length a tad bit more now, Hanuma stands tall and keeps it out.
  • 32.2Outside off on a length, Vihari comes forward and pushes it to cover.
  • 32.1On a length and on middle, driven to mid on coming half-ahead.
  • 31.6Outside off, defended onto the off side with soft hands. 97/4
  • 31.6Wide! The ball is too high. A bouncer on middle and off, goes over Rahane's head. The umpire signals wide and one for the over.
  • 31.5Short and outside off, Vihari pushes it to third man and gets to the other end.
  • 31.4Full and outside off, defended back to cover.
  • 31.3Short of a length, a back foot defense to mid-wicket ensues.
  • 31.2Keeps ridiculously low! A short of a length ball outside off, Vihari ducks to go under it but to his amazement, the ball goes right in front of his face. Doesn't rise at all.
  • 31.1FOUR! Full and on middle, Vihari drives it gorgeously down the ground towards long on for a boundary.
  • 30.6Worked away comfortably through mid-wicket for an easy single. 91/4
  • 30.5Short ball banged in, ducked and evaded by the batsman.
  • 30.4Short of a good length outside off, punched away from within the crease towards mid on.
  • 30.3Too far down leg, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 30.2Fullish and outside off, driven to the cover area for nothing.
  • 30.1Too straight in line, on a length, Rahane just helps it on its way fine down the leg side. A single is taken.
  • 29.6Short and wide outside off, Rahane cuts it hard through point. Three good runs are taken. 89/4
  • 29.5The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 29.4FOUR! That was close. Seeing Rahane give the charge, Lyon fires it outside off. But, the batsman somehow manages to get his bat to it and the ball goes to the third man fence off a thick edge.
  • 29.3Spinning in from outside off, Rahane pads it away.
  • 29.2Shorter ball which doesn't rise at all. Rahane goes back to play but misses it.
  • 29.1Coming in on middle and leg, Ajinkya goes back and works it straight to short leg.
  • 28.6Edged but short. To Vihari's credit though, he played it with soft hands which saved him. A length ball outside off, he hung his bat out and the ball fell short of second slip. 82/4
  • 28.5Pulled through to fine leg for an easy single.
  • 28.4Just ahead of a length, around off, kept out by coming half-forward.
  • 28.3Bumper angling down leg, Jinx takes on the pull but the bounce gets too big on him. It just whiskers past his gloves.
  • 28.2Full in length and outside off, Rahane offers a punchy-drive through the covers and comes back for the second.
  • 28.1Back of a length around off, kept out from the back foot.
  • 27.6Rahane too uses his feet, gets close to the pitch and eases it to long on to keep strike. 79/4
  • 27.5Out of the crease again as he knocks this to long on for one.
  • 27.4Some flight on this occasion, the batsman is well forward in defense.
  • 27.3Quicker one again, shorter too and in line of the stumps, Vihari positions himself well behind the line and blocks.
  • 27.2Quicker and a bit shorter around off, Vihari stays inside the crease and taps it down on the off side.
  • 27.1Tossed up on the stumps, Hanuma is out of his crease to defend this.
  • 26.6Shorter in length on middle, pushed off the back foot towards mid wicket. Vihari retains strike with a single. 77/4
  • 26.5Gets big on the batsman again! Vihari tries to fend this short of a length delivery onto the leg side and the ball seems to have missed everything and gone to the keeper. There is a slight appeal from the keeper and the bowler but the umpire says no. There is no review in the end. Replays show the ball was very close to the glove of the batsman. Nothing definitive yet though.
  • 26.4Again the extra bounce out of a good length. Hanuma was ahead to defend and gets it on the top of the blade.
  • 26.3Unusual bounce here outside off, Vihari does well to let it go.
  • 26.2Fuller length on middle, driven to mid on who makes a good stop.
  • 26.1Rahane pushes this fuller one to cover-point and runs through for a single.
  • Josh Hazlewood is back onto the attack.
  • 25.6Safely kept out off the back foot. 75/4
  • 25.5Outside off and beaten! Shortens the length so that Vihari can't sweep. He goes for the fine glide to third man but gets beaten as the ball holds its line.
  • 25.4FOUR! The paddle sweep this time. Flatter on middle and leg, Vihari comes forward and paddles it fine of Starc at fine leg for another boundary.
  • 25.3Front foot defense to keep this out.
  • 25.2Anothe good shot to this full one on middle, the ball is flicked away to mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 25.1FOUR! Swept away behind square for a boundary by Vihari. The ball was flighted generously outside off and Hanuma comes well ahead and sweeps it away.
  • 24.6Stays on the back foot and keeps it out with utmost ease. 65/4
  • 24.5The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 24.4Darts in a length ball on off, it's angling in, Rahane plays at it and gets an inside edge on the leg side.
  • 24.3Vihari plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
  • 24.2Outside off once more, too far out, it's not bothered with by the batsman.
  • 24.1Comes from around the wicket and fires a full ball outside off, Vihari leaves it alone.
  • Drinks break. The visitors will surely need it. India in a fair bit of trouble for sure. Wickets of Kohli and Vijay are big ones and Lyon was the one to provide them both. Rahul before them was dismissed cheaply again by Starc and Pujara was on his way quickly too. The hosts are in a commanding position as things stand.
  • 23.6Floated just outside off, it's the off break, Rahane once again strides ahead and meets it with the full face. 64/4
  • 23.5A bit quicker through the air, in line of the stumps, guarded out well.
  • 23.4Short and wide, cut away square on the off side.
  • 23.3Plants his front foot forward and meets the ball at its pitch.
  • 23.2Waits for the ball to come to him before going back and cutting it towards third man for a brace.
  • 23.1Spinning in on middle and leg, Rahane turns it away past short leg.
  • 22.6Marginally ahead of a length, around off, defended watchfully. 62/4
  • 22.5Fraction straight in line, worked away on the leg side for a single.
  • 22.4Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper.
  • 22.3Fuller length ball around off, kept out off the front foot.
  • 22.2SIX! Ajinkya Rahane is taking the Aussie quicks on here! Short ball outside off, Rahane just throws his bat at this. It takes a thick edge and it flies towards Mitchell Marsh (sub) positioned there. He leaps but it's just over his head.
  • 22.1Stays back and keeps it out with the full face of the bat.
  • 21.6Spinning in on middle and leg, worked away on the leg side to end the over. 55/4
  • Hanuma Vihari is next in to bat.
  • 21.5OUT! Nathan Lyon getting the job done for his side yet again. Using the rough outside that off stump to good effect. Lands it there and it spins in sharply, Vijay comes forward to defend with a fair amount of gap between bat and pad. The ball takes the inside edge and crashes into the leg stump. Vijay's poor form continues, another failure for him. He'll be disappointed too after getting his eye in.
  • 21.4The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 21.3Loopy off break on the stumps, swept straight to backward square leg.
  • 21.2Makes good use of the feet here. Gets close to the pitch after skipping out and drives it through the left of mid off for a run.
  • 21.1Straighter one around off, Rahane is well forward in defense.
  • 20.6Outside off on a good length, dabbed to point with an open face. 54/3
  • 20.5Too straight in line, worked away on the leg side for a single.
  • 20.4FOUR! Had room to free his arms and took it. Rahane cuts this length ball over cover-point and clears the infield. Finds the fence with ease.
  • 20.3Close one. It cuts back in slightly from a length, pitched just outside off, Rahane looks to defend but it goes off the inside edge and lobs over the stumps on the bounce.
  • 20.2Some extra bounce on this occasion. Length delivery on off and it rises, Rahane leaves it alone.
  • 20.1Full delivery fired outside off, Rahane plays it with the angle and pushes it square to point.
  • 19.6Murali Vijay has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 49/3
  • 19.5Shorter outside off this time, tapped away from inside the crease.
  • 19.4Quicker one on the stumps, Vijay stays right behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 19.3A bit dangerous, that. Rahane gives the charge as this ball lands on the rough around off. It turns and goes off the inner edge past short leg. Single taken.
  • 19.2Loopy off break on off, Rahane takes a stride forward and defends it well.
  • Ajinkya Rahane walks in next.
  • 19.1OUT! Who else but Nathan Lyon? You need to get the big fish and it obviously has to be him to strike. Superb delivery. The Australians celebrate because they know the importance of this wicket. Lyon tosses it up outside off, draws Kohli forward who plays for the turn when there isn't any. It goes on straight, takes the edge and flies into Khawaja's hands who takes a sharp, low catch. India need 239 more runs to win.
  • 18.6Another full one to end the over, Kohli comes ahead to defend. He gets the inside edge and the ball rolls to mid-wicket for a run. Kohli keeps strike. 48/2
  • 18.5This one is on the stumps and Kohli is forced to play at it. Pushes it back to Starc.
  • 18.4Wide outside off and the Indian skipper lets it go for the fourth delivery in a row.
  • 18.3Good length ball outside off, holds its line. Virat just lets it go through.
  • 18.2Fuller this time just outside off, left alone by Kohli after seeing the line and length.
  • 18.1Short outside off, left alone by the batsman.
  • Mitchell Starc is back on for another spell.
  • 17.6The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 47/2
  • 17.5Tossed up outside off, pushed to covers. Dot ball.
  • 17.4Connects with the sweep on this occasion, finds backward square leg though.
  • 17.3Another attempted sweep, it takes off and catches the batsman on the shoulder.
  • 17.2Close, Lyon pitches it on the rough around off, Vijay gets forward and across to sweep but is caught on the gloves maybe.
  • 17.1Kohli goes with the spin and wrists it towards mid on for a single.
  • 16.6A rock solid defense from Vijay to end the over. 46/2
  • 16.5Great stop! Saves a certain boundary there. Vijay drives this beautifully through cover-point and Lyon at point dives to his right and gets a hand to it. The ball isn't stopped completely and the batsmen come back for two.
  • 16.4Good length ball outside off, defended solidly by Vijay.
  • 16.3Very short and Vijay just ducks under this ball.
  • 16.2Outside off and left alone by the Indian opener.
  • 16.1Slightly short of a good length, Vijay defends with soft hands to cover.
  • 15.6Kohli defends this one by being deep in his crease, to bring an end to the over. 44/2
  • 15.5Flicked away but straight to fine leg.
  • 15.4Slightly shorter this time, pushed towards mid on off the back foot.
  • 15.3Kept out from within the crease.
  • 15.2This time gets the timing right as he works it to the leg side but the ball hits short leg. No run.
  • 15.1Oooh! Leading edge but it just goes back down the ground luckily for Kohli. He closed the bat face too early to this flatter one on middle and leg.
  • 14.6Short outside off, pushed away to the cover fielder on the bounce. 44/2
  • 14.5Full and outside off, Vijay brings out the cover drive again through covers. The batsmen get a couple of runs.
  • 14.4Short length ball on off, Vijay is deep in his crease and punches it out to cover.
  • 14.3Well outside off, Vijay shoulders his arms to this one.
  • 14.2Good-looking shot through cover-point by Kohli. Full and outside off, driven to deep point for a single.
  • 14.1Good length ball on off and middle, Kohli is on his toes and defends it back down the ground.
  • 13.6Another forward defensive stroke to end the over. 41/2
  • 13.5Flatter delivery outside off, Vijay comes ahead and defends it into the ground.
  • 13.4Another sweep and straight to the fine leg fielder again.
  • 13.3Outside off and served with a bit of loop, Vijay comes ahead and defends it well.
  • 13.2Fuller outside off, Vijay brings out the sweep but the ball goes straight to short fine leg.
  • 13.1Flatter ball on middle, Vijay is on his back foot and plays it to short leg.
  • Nathan Lyon is now on for a bowl.
  • 12.6Overcompensates and bowls this wide outside off stump. Left alone. 41/2
  • 12.5FOUR! That is bread and butter. You bowl there and those wrists will flick it away to the boundary all day long. Full and at the pads, easily flicked away through the gap on the mid-wicket region for a boundary.
  • 12.4A 142.6 kph bouncer! Kohli pulls out of the hook at the last moment and the ball goes through to the keeper who jumps high to take it.
  • 12.3Shortens the length and bowls it on middle, Kohli stands tall and defends it onto the pitch.
  • 12.2Very full on middle, Kohli drives this but mid on comes around and stops it. Not such good timing there.
  • 12.1Good ball outside off, guided towards point.
  • 11.6Well left on this occasion. Gauges the bounce perfectly and lets this go over the off stump. 37/2
  • 11.5Sways out of the way of this bouncer aimed at the head.
  • 11.4FOUR! What a shot from Vijay! Just a mere punch or a push. It has come bang off the middle of the bat, as shown by HotSpot. The ball rushes through the covers all the way for a boundary.
  • 11.3Good length ball on off stump, defended with soft hands.
  • 11.2Left alone outside off.
  • 11.1A lovely looking cover drive to this full one outside off by Virat Kohli. The batsmen come back for three by the time the ball is returned.
  • 10.6This one keeps very low outside off, Kohli misses his defensive shot. Paine can't take it cleanly and the ball runs down to fine leg for another bye. 30/2
  • 10.5Short of a length yet again on middle and leg, the Indian skipper keeps it out towards mid-wicket.
  • 10.4Short length ball on top of off stump, Kohli jumps yet again to keep it out.
  • 10.3Short and steaming outside off on a length, Kohli plays it on his toes towards point.
  • 10.2This ball is on the pads, pushed towards mid-wicket. The batsmen run through for one.
  • 10.1Good ball outside off and it flies through in front of Vijay's face as he lets it go.
  • 9.6Back of a length outside off, it's tapped to point from inside the crease. 28/2
  • 9.5Caught on the pads but it's too high. Kohli knows that, the Australians know that too. Hazlewood pitches it around off and it jags back in, catches the Indian skipper on the thigh pad as he comes half-forward to defend.
  • 9.4Too straight in line, worked away on the leg side easily for a single.
  • 9.3Make that three in a row. Length ball outside the line of off stump, the batsman lets it go.
  • 9.2Another one outside off, left alone.
  • 9.1Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Vijay shoulders his arms to it.
  • 8.6Short of a length and kept out towards cover from within the crease by the Indian skipper. 27/2
  • 8.5Bouncer but well down leg, Paine grasses the take and the ball goes down for a bye towards fine leg.
  • 8.4Outside off, Vijay is ahead looking to feel for the ball but misses. Lucky not to get an outside edge.
  • 8.3Solid defense after coming ahead by Murali Vijay.
  • 8.2Well outside off, Vijay gauges the bounce and lets it go through.
  • 8.1FOUR! This is full and outside off, Vijay takes a good stride forward and drives it wide of mid off for four. Good shot that.
  • 7.6Late leave from Kohli on this occasion, takes the bottom half of the bat and goes towards the slip cordon. 22/2
  • 7.5FOUR! Pulled away. Short of a length on middle and leg, Virat Kohli swivels away and pulls it through deep backward square leg. Empty outfield there and fine leg has to go and pick the ball up from outside the fence.
  • 7.4Very wide outside off, shouldered arms to, yet again.
  • 7.3Another leave outside the off stump.
  • 7.2Well outside off, the Indian skipper lets the ball go.
  • 7.1Good length ball at the pads, Kohli plays it towards mid-wicket.
  • Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end.
  • 6.6Beaten! Excellent shape on that. A length delivery outside off, a hint of shape away, Vijay hangs his bat out to dry and almost edges it behind. 18/2
  • 6.5Nice and straight. Attacks the stumps with this length ball, Vijay stays right behind the line and blocks it back down the track.
  • 6.4Cutting back in off the seam, a back of a length ball, catches Vijay on the thigh pad as he looks to defend.
  • 6.3Rising off the deck from outside off, Vijay watches the ball and lets it be.
  • 6.2Back of a length outside off, Kohli rises on his toes and places it behind point. It won't go all the way as two fielders chase it down, but it's enough for the Indian captain to take three.
  • 6.1Fuller length ball outside off, Kohli comes a step forward and pushes it towards covers.
  • We are back for the final session. Of the day or of the match - remains to be seen. Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli stride out to the middle. Pat Cummins will take the ball now. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • ... Day 4, Session 3 ...
  • With half an hour to go for Tea, the Indian openers came out to bat. But it just took four balls for KL Rahul to walk back to the dressing room. He was cleaned up by Starc but that wasn't it. What followed was what they would cherish even more, the wicket of Pujara. 6 overs of hostile bowling was what it was. Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay at the crease now. Can they survive this attack in the last session of Day 4 on a minefield of a pitch or are we going to see India crumble? The third session in just a bit.
  • If the first session today was a passenger train, moving slow, then this second session was a bullet train, blowing away everything in its way with its speed. Tim Paine departed on the sixth ball of the session and what followed was a procession of sorts. Aaron Finch returned today but lasted all of one ball. The ones who came in left quickly too. The last wicket stand though added 36 runs and when Mitchell Starc was bowled, the lead was already 286.
  • 5.6Full and outside off, Vijay is ahead and pushes it to mid off. That will be TEA ON DAY 4. India are 15/2. 15/2
  • 5.5Shorter one outside off, played with soft hands towards point off the back foot.
  • 5.4EDGED, JUST SHORT! Good length ball outside off and Vijay comes ahead to defend but gets a genuine outside edge that falls just short of slip. Wonderful bowling here from Hazlewood.
  • 5.3On middle and bouncing off a good length, Vijay pats it back down the ground.
  • 5.2Well outside off and Vijay doesn't go chasing.
  • 5.1On a length, Vijay trusts the bounce and lets the ball go through.
  • 4.6Cutting back in from a length with extra bounce, catches Virat Kohli on the thigh pad and falls on the leg side. 15/2
  • 4.5Too full and too straight, easy enough for Murali Vijay to clip it down to fine leg for a single.
  • 4.4Pushes this full ball defensively straight to short extra cover.
  • 4.4Wide! Banged in short but it's too short, wide called by the umpire. Good take by Tim Paine behind the stumps. Head to leap really high.
  • 4.3Close. Almost gets the edge. Bit fuller and outside off, going away, Vijay pushes away from his body and gets beaten.
  • 4.2Shaping away from outside off, touch shorter in length, Vijay lets it be.
  • 4.1Back of a length close to off, Vijay stays back and keeps it out.
  • 3.6Bouncer going down leg, Kohli ducks under it and lets it go through. 13/2
  • The Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the next batsman.
  • 3.5OUT! Australia have their second and the celebrations are huge. It is the big wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara. The ball is on a good length outside off and climbs onto Pujara who is looking to fend it off towards cover. The ball though, just straightens a little bit and takes a feather on its way through. Paine collects and is up in celebration almost immediately. The highest-run getter in the series is gone and this is a huge wicket in the context of the game. India need another 274 and Australia need 8.
  • 3.4Another short ball outside off and Pujara hangs out his bat and defends it towards point.
  • 3.3Well outside off stump and left alone by Pujara.
  • 3.2Defended off the back foot and into the ground.
  • 3.1Edged and four! The ball is on off and Pujara looks to defend it straight back. The ball takes his edge but the good thing is that the batsman has played it with soft hands. Goes wide off a diving Shaun Marsh in the slips. There is no third man and it is the 2nd boundary in three balls.
  • 2.6Typical bowler's response. Bouncer aimed at the head. Vijay ducks under it and lets it go through. Some words from Starc to Vijay. 9/1
  • 2.5FOUR! Using the pace of the bowler here. Served up outside off on a length and Vijay just pushes it in the gap wide of point. The ball races away to the fence. Good shot, should give the out of form opener a lot of confidence.
  • 2.4Outside off, holding its line. Vijay pushes it towards point.
  • 2.3Left alone outside off by the batsman.
  • 2.24 BYES! Absolute ruckus here from the pitch! The ball rares off a good length outside off, Vijay decides to leave it. The ball bounces way too much and beats a jumping Tim Paine behind the wickets and goes for four byes.
  • 2.1On a length outside off, the ball swings in after landing. Vijay gauges the ball and lets it go.
  • 1.6Short and wide outside off, Che puts his bat out and defends it towards point. 1/1
  • 1.5Another ball well outside off, not making the batsman play.
  • 1.4Left alone outside the off stump.
  • 1.3Oooh! Misbehaviour from the wicket again. Bounces off a good length and catches Pujara on the bottom glove as he was trying to defend. Luckily it drops onto the off side and not towards short leg who is in place.
  • 1.2This is on the hips, fends it off towards deep fine leg and Vijay and India are off the mark with a single.
  • 1.1Outside off and on a length, Vijay puts his bat out and defends towards the off side.
  • Josh Hazlewood is the one to share the new cherry from the other end.
  • 0.6Just above off stump, Pujara judges it well and leaves it. A good leave. 0/1
  • 0.5Well outside off first up to Pujara, left alone by him.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara is in at number 3.
  • 0.4OUT! Timberrrr. Australia draw first blood without a run on the board for the visitors. Rahul has failed once again and not gotten off the mark. There is a lot of doubt in his head and this is what happens when you are out of form. Just outside off and Rahul who is looking to play, is uncertain and decides to leave the ball very late. The decision costs him as it goes off the inside of his glove and onto the off stump. Just the start the hosts would've liked!
  • 0.3Shorter outside off here, Rahul lets the ball go through.
  • 0.2Well outside off on this occasion, left alone by Rahul now.
  • 0.1A jaffa from Starc to start off! Rahul chases it trying to feel the ball but the ball holds its line and beats him on the outside edge. The crowd is really egging on the pacer here.

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