Australia extend lead after Indian lower order collapse
Australia seem to be in a commanding position at the end of day 3 as they are leading by 175 runs in the second innings of the second Test match.
After electing bat first, Australia managed to score 326 runs in their first innings which seems to highly competitive in the dropped in track in newly built Perth Stadium.
In reply, India looked comfortable in their first innings at the end of day 2 as the visitors were 172/3 during the stumps with skipper and vice-skipper on the field for the overnight.
But the fortunes turned completely on the day 3 as Aussie bowlers were on their toes right from the start of the day. Ajinkya Rahane was trapped by Nathan Lyon in the very first over of the day and that ended a long partnership between captain and vice-captain.
Following him, Hanuma Vihari had a half-century partnership with the skipper Virat Kohli. On the other end, Virat Kohli played another classy inning and brought up his 25th Test ton which was also among the records.
Hanuma Vihari failed to make a big impression in his very first innings in Australia as he returned to the pavilion only on 20 runs. Soon after his dismissal, Indian skipper also dismissed on a controversial catch in the slip cordon on 123.
Rishab Pant played a quickfire knock of 36 runs that helped to decrease the deficit a bit. Finally, India were bowled out for 283 and conceded a 43 runs lead from the hosts in the first innings.
Australia started their second innings with the lead and the openers looked in good touch and increased the lead. Unfortunately, Aaron Finch had to leave the field after being hit on his index finger off Shami’s delivery.
After that break to the opening partnership, Indian bowlers kept taking wickets in regular intervals. Finally, India were 132/4 at the end of the day and leading by 175 runs in the second innings with Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja on strike.
Australia: 326-all out
Marcus Stoinis 70, Travis Head 58
Ishant Sharma 4/41, Hanuma Vihari 2/35
India: 283-all out
Virat Kohli 123, Ajinkya Rahane 51
Nathan Lyon 5/67, Josh Hazlewood 2/66
Usman Khawaja 41*, Aaron Finch 25
Mohammad Shami 2/23, Jasprit Bumrah 1/25