Nathan Lyon’s outstanding performance was enough for Australia to level four match series 1-1 with a comfortable 146-run win in the second Test in Perth on Tuesday. The game started with the home side captain Tim Paine winning the toss and opting to bat first on a green top, a decision which left many surprised.
However, it turned out to be a good one as the Kangaroos posted more than competitive total of 326 on the board, courtesy half centuries from Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch and Travis Head. For India, Ishant Sharma was the star of the show as he claimed figures of four for 41 in 20.3 overs.
In reply, even after Virat Kohli’s brilliant 123 off 257 balls with the help of 13 fours and a six, the Men in Blue only managed to post 283 on the board.
Hosts register 146-run win against India in the second Test
For the home side, off-spinner Lyon was the star of the show as he claimed figures of five for 67 in 34.5 overs. In the second innings, Australia once again showed great determination with the bat and managed to post 243, setting visitors the target of 287 to go 2-0 up in the series.
Left-hander Usman Khuwaja, who was having a horrid time in the series, played an important knock of 72 off 213 balls with the help of five fours.For India, pacer Mohammad Shami, who had a difficult time in the first innings, came back strongly in the second and finished with best figures of six for 56 in 24 overs.
Chasing 287 on that pitch was always going to be tough and so it proved to be as India were bowled out for just 140 during the last day’s morning session. Right-hander Ajinkya Rahane and wicket keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant scored 30 runs each off 47 and 61 balls respectively.
For Australia, pacer Mitchell Starc and Lyon claimed three wickets each. For his outstanding performance, Lyon was named player of the match.