And that’s the day – India finish at 172/3, trailing Australia (326) by 154 runs. After being 8/2, India have done remarkably well to close the day at a very strong position. Still a long way to go, but the way Virat Kohli (82*) and Ajinkya Rahane (51*) have batted, they didn’t seem to be in any kind of trouble. India bowlers had done well to claim Australia’s last four wickets for 16 runs after Tim Paine and Pat Cummins resisted for a while.

Australia made early in-roads in the form of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul but were met with the irresistible force – Kohli – and the immovable object – Pujaa – who added 76 runs for the second wicket before Kohli got the company of his deputy Rahane who have so far added 90 runs for the fourth wicket.

50 for Ajinkya Rahane – his 17th in Tests, and fifth this year.



50-run stand up – for Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. Good work by the skipper and the deputy to consolidate on the 79-run stand between Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. India edge ahead slightly. India 137/3

Kohli, Rahane Grind – After a breezy start, Ajinkya Rahane has settled now. Nathan Lyon back for another spell, but he is not able to extract the bounce he managed in his first spell. Australia quicks visibly tired. India edging ahead slowly, but surely.

50 for Kohli – That’s No.20 in Tests for Virat Kohli. The skipper leads from the front on a testing surface. 51 off 110 balls.

100 up for India as Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli scramble for three runs. And in the same over Rahane throws his hands at a short and wide one and earns a six over third man

WICKET – Mitchell Starc with the breakthrough. Pujara gone for 24. India 92/3. Pujara has been caught down the leg side. The field was set for some short stuff as Paine had planted short leg and leg gully. But the wicket-taking delivery turns out to be a back of a length ball going down the leg side. Pujara tries to glance it off his hips but gets a faint edge behind to Paine. He makes no mistake, they appeal and the finger has gone up. Australia finally succeed in breaking the 74-run partnership. A big breakthrough too as Pujara is someone who has the ability to bat for a longer period.

Final session underway

Here’s our tea report:  Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara take India to 70/2 at tea

Take has been taken: Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara dug in in the second session after Australia removed the openers early on. Relatively ease passage of play against pacers, but Nathan Lyon brought on in the 14th over has been marvelous, he kept a check on the duo. India 70/2

That’s the 50-run stand up between Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara off 135 balls. Pujara played out 24 deliveries  without scoring before taking two runs. India 59/2

Nathan Lyon is bowling a probing line, but both Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are up for it. But sustained pressure from Lyon is boding well for Australia. He has sent down five overs and conceded just 4 runs. Terrific stuff. India 50/2

Nathan Lyon is on, in the 14th over.

Virat Kohli is looking like a man on a mission. Takes three boundaries of one Josh Hazlewood over.

Ripper of a delivery – Part 2



Ripper of a delivery – Part 1



WICKET – Josh Hazlewood be like – “Whatever Starc can do, I can do better”. Yorker Length, seamed away after pitching to knock over the stumps – No, that’s not a Starc dismissal, that goes to Hazlewood and KL Rahul was at the receiving end of that terrific delivery. Both Indian openers back in the hut. PRITHVI SHAW were are you, mate? India slump to 8/2.

2nd Session underway – India 6/1. trail Australia (326) by 320 runs. KL Rahul (1*)facing Josh Hazlewood, Cheteshwar Pujara is at the non-striker’s end (0*)

Missed the morning session? – here’s our lunch report – Tim Paine and Pat Cummins played out the first hour before Ishant Sharma ended the innings with 4/41 – India 6/1 at lunch on day two after Australia move to 326

WICKET, and that’s Lunch 

Australia needed 3 overs to get the breakthrough – Mitchell Starc finds his swing and cleans up Murali Vijay for a 12-ball duck and that is lunch. India 6/1, trail Australia (326) by 320 runs

15 minutes to go for lunch and Indian openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay are out in the middle. Maiden over first up by Mitchell Starc



Ishant takes two in two – And that’s a wrap for Australia in the first innings 326. Ishant Sharma takes out Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood off consecutive deliveries, both caught by Rishabh Pant. Australia’s last four add 75 runs. On day two, they added 49 runs, losing four wickets. So, Indian bowlers did well, you would say

Tim Paine’s dismissal



WICKET and another Wicket: Two in three balls for India. Umesh Yadav with a peach of delviery, full that just about seamed away breached Pat Cummins’ defence and a ball later, Jasprit Bumrah, just about full angled in, traps Tim Paine in front. Cummins departs for 19, Paine for 38. Nathan Lyon and  Mitchell Starc out in the middle. India should wrap this up soon now. Australia 310/8

300 up for Australia – Tim Paine and Pat Cummins have batted with relative ease on day two and have taken Australia past the 300-run mark to frustrate India. Their partnership is also worth 50 plus now. India struggling to get the breakthrough here. Any one remember 4th Test in England?

India should have started with Jasprit Bumrah, is what the men and women with the mic at the comm box think. And by the looks of it, they probably are right. Shami and Ishant have not found their radar yet. Ishant has got the ball to seam in a bit, but nothing much has come out of it. Australia 298/6

The jury is still out on Optus Stadium pitch, and on day two while a couple of deliveries have risen unexpectedly, a couple have stayed a bit low as well. One of those has Tim Paine in pain, but he comes back well with a straight-batted shot for four. Australia 291/6

And we are underway, Mohammed Shami starts the proceedings on day two at the Optus Stadium, Perth. Tidy over. Two runs off it. On air, former Australia captain Michael Clarke, on commentary duties for the host broadcasters starts off with criticising the pitch. His words: “If the curator thinks this is a good pitch, he is living in a dream land” – OOUCH!

Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of Day 2 of the second Test between India and Australia from Perth’s new Optus Stadium After a riveting first day that saw India bounce back after the first session to peg the Australians back on a grassy, drop-in wicket that occasionally played a few tricks, Virat Kohli and Co. will look to wrap up the hosts’ first innings in the opening session.

Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch and Travis Head all scored fifties, but none were able to score big as they helped the home side overcome a mini-collapse of 4 for 36 to end the day at 277/6.

Day 1 report: India keep Australia to 277/6 on up-and-down Perth surface

Kaushik: The thought of missing Ravindra Jadeja will flit through Virat Kohli’s mind

Chetan Narula: Green and red: A day of two colours

As it happened: Highlights, India vs Australia 2018, 2nd Test, Day 1

Quotes: India’s batsmen need to show discipline on this pitch: Hanuma Vihari

Quotes: India erred by not picking a specialist spinner for Perth Test: Michael Clarke

Stat: Perth Test is just the third time India have gone for an all-pace attack