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IND vs AUS 2nd Test Day 4 : Fear of Defeat Looms Over India As Australia Need 5 Wickets To Win

A fear of loss looms over team India at the close of day 4 of the 2nd Test at the Potus stadium in Perth. Chasing a target of 287 runs to win the match, India is 5 down with youngsters Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant on the crease, needing 175 runs to win. Australia requires 5 more wickets to level up with India in the 4 match Test series.

Day 4 As it Happened

Session 1

Usman Khawaja and skipper Tim Paine batting at an overnight score of 132/4 took on the blows put didn’t succumb to the Indian fast bowling in the first session. The hosts didn’t accumulate many runs but did manage to tire the Indian bowlers. No wicket fell in the first session as Australia put up 190/4 with a lead of 233. Khawaja brought up his 14th Test half-century and Paine was batting on 37*.

Session 2

Mohammad Shami breathed fire shortly after lunch. He dismissed captain Paine and Aaron Finch who was retired hurt yesterday on two consecutive short deliveries.

Pat Cummins didn’t last long as a Jasprit Bumrah delivery never rose and he was clean bowled.

Shami took another wicket of Lyon and finished with a brilliant spell of 6-56, his career-best figures.

Jasprit Bumrah wrapped up Australia’s 2nd innings with the wicket of Mitchell Stark. India requires 287 runs to go 2-0 up in the series.

India had a disastrous start to their already difficult chase. KL Rahul chopped on a Stark delivery onto his stumps for nought.

Pujara also fell to a rising Hazelwood delivery. India went into tea at 15/2 with Captain Kohli and Murli Vijay on the crease.

Session 3

Kohli and Vijay put up 35 runs for the third wicket. Kohli was looking all set for another big one until he edged a Nathan Lyon delivery to Usman Khawaja at first slip. He made 17.

Vijay couldn’t last long either. Lyon bowled a perfect off-spinner. The perfect flight, pitching onto the rough between his bat and pads, a slight edge and onto the stumps. Vijay made 20.

Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane came into bat and started playing his shots. He hit a couple of boundaries and a six in his quickfire 30 until he smashed a Josh Hazelwood delivery straight to Travis Head at the point.

Youngster Hanuma Vihari is looking good and has timed the ball perfectly in his 58 balls 24. Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant is batting along with him on 9 at the close of day 4.

India requires 175 more runs to win the match while Australia needs 5 wickets to level the four-match Test series 1-1.

 

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Gaurav Kadam
Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.

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