Day’s highlight: A rare sight. India not fielding any specialist spinner.
4 quick bowlers in playing 11. A rare rare event. Still new ball not taken immediately when due!
India finally got 6 wickets of Australia.
Finch lbw b Bumrah 50
Khawaja c Pant b U Yadav 5
Marcus Harris c Rahane b Hanuma Vihari 70
Handscomb c Kohli b Ishant 7
Shaun Marsh c Rahane b Hanuma Vihari 45
Head c Shami b Ishant 58
India did well.
It did not allow Australia cross 278….and grabbed 6 top wickets. India’s problems are with the tail of Australia. The last 4 wickets have the potential to score another 278 runs…
Australia should have scored at least 300 in a day’s play.
New ball taken after 81 overs.
Head gets his second fifty in three innings and third overall in Tests.
Kohli takes a stunning catch at second slip. Scores settled. Kohli does to Handscomb as Khawaja did to him earlier at Adelaide.
Maiden Test seventy for Harris. Australia did put up a 112-run opening wicket partnership..Looking set for a big score. Khawaja didn’t last long. 2nd Test fifty for Finch..
Finch reckons: Lyon will be unplayable on 5th day.
Chinmay Danian, an observer, says: “Selection of Umesh Yadav ahead of Bhuvi is an evidence of the fact that the Indian team is aware that this green track is a possible deceit.”
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (wk/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia skipper Tim Paine wins the toss, opted to bat.
According to Ankit KC, a cricket follower : “This has happened far too often going into a Perth test where there is too much talk before the game but what follows is not mind-boggling.”