Result
2nd Test, Perth, Dec 14-18 2018, India tour of Australia
326 & 243
(56 ov, target 287)
283 & 140
Australia won by 146 runs
Player Of The Match
Australia
Match centre 
Scorer: M Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Andrew McGlashan
Scorecard summary
Australia326(108.3 overs)1st Innings
Marcus Harris70 (141)
Travis Head58 (80)
Ishant Sharma4/41(20.3)
India283(105.5 overs)1st Innings
Virat Kohli123 (257)
Nathan Lyon5/67(34.5)
Australia243(93.2 overs)2nd Innings
Usman Khawaja72 (213)
Tim Paine37 (116)
India140(56 overs)2nd Innings
end of over 561 runs • 2 wicket
INDIA: 140/10CRR: 2.5 
Mohammed Shami0 (0)
Pat Cummins9-0-25-2
Mitchell Starc17-3-46-3

Australia win by 146 runs and it's their first victory since Durban earlier this year, after which the team fell apart. This will be a significant moment in their recovery. Been a very fine performance against a very good India team. The series is level at 1-1 and we should have a terrific second half to this series in Melbourne and Sydney.

Would always have taken a miracle to deny Australia today and India's tail was blown away as expected. Nathan Lyon outstanding throughout the match, and Mitchell Starc cranked up the speed gun today. They'll be plenty of emotion in the Australian camp. Tim Paine and Justin Langer embrace. I'll stay with you for the presentations.

Yash: "Great plan and execution from Australia. What should India do for next game? Drop both openers? Ash will come in, but who is he gonna replace Vihari/Umesh. Will bhuvi get his chance this tour? We have Pandya gunning for a place in the team as well. With all these options, one thing is sure; team management is going to mess it up again."

Mitchell Starc "It's been a lot of hard work. We said the tables would turn. Seeing some of the kids here this afternoon, hopefully we've put on a great show. This week shows the fight of this team and make people proud."

Time for the presentation...

Virat Kohli "As a team I think we played well in patches which we can hold onto. Australia played much better than us with the bat. 330 on that pitch we felt was a bit too much. They deserved to win. We had the belief we could do it, but they were more relentless and put us in trouble. [Our bowlers] are outstanding as a pack, to see them dominate was really good to see and something we want to build on. They are relentless even if they aren't getting wickets which is a great quality. When we looked at the pitch we didn't think about [Jadeja] but I thought Nathan bowled really well. We never thought we wanted to consider a spinner, thought four fast bowlers would be enough. When you don't win you don't really rank your performances so it's irrelevant because we didn't get the result we wanted. I'm just focused on the next Test. [The catch to dismiss him] It was a decision made on the field and it stays there. Nothing more to it."

Tim Paine "It's probably more a relief at the moment, first Test win has taken a while. Really proud of the players and staff. Good to get a little bit of reward. It was as difficult Test, both have been tough Tests. Two really competitive sides with good fast bowling attack. The pitch was flying through. It seemed like the roller had a real effect on it. Day one was a bit of a funny one, we crossed our fingers. Marcus and Aaron, to get us none for 100 was brilliant and probably the difference in the end. Uzzie has been batting well for a long time, bowling really well to all of us. He's in a really good space. It's great to have Gaz, every team wants a spinner like Nathan Lyon. He loves bowling to the best players in the world."

Player of the match goes to Nathan Lyon "It's amazing to play a role in a victory, haven't had one in a while. Thanks to everyone. Can't wait to sing the song. It's fair to say we've been in a drought, so good to break. Was special to wrap the tail up quickly. My role probably changed a bit, attacking in Adelaide to a defending on here. But luckily they ran down to the wicket to create a few footholes. When you come up against the best players, to compete against Virat and take his wicket was pretty special. Big thanks to my brother, I'm not a very good batter so just trying to play my role."

So that just about wraps things up for this Test. It's a very enjoyable watch (when you aren't a batsman!). We'll be back for Boxing Day, but before then there's the start of the BBL tomorrow and we'll have full coverage of that. For now, from Gnasher and Alex, it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.

55.6
w
Cummins to Bumrah, OUT
there it is! Victory for Australia...Bumrah launches this high in the air, Cummins settles under it in his follow through. Job done
JJ Bumrah c & b Cummins 0 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
55.5
Cummins to Bumrah, no run
short again, another swing and a miss
55.4
Cummins to Bumrah, no run
backing to leg, goes for a swing over the leg side, doesn't make contact
55.3
w
Cummins to Sharma, OUT
caught behind! It's one to go. Ishant backing away outside leg, a short-of-a-length delivery, a thin top edge as he tries to carve through the off side
I Sharma c †Paine b Cummins 0 (13m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
55.2
Cummins to Sharma, no run
backs away to the leg side and has a slog at a short delivery
55.1
Cummins to Sharma, no run
short again but makes him play this time, defended to the leg side
55.1
1w
Cummins to Sharma, 1 wide
starts with a short ball...called wide

Pat Cummins into the attack

end of over 552 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 139/8CRR: 2.52 
Ishant Sharma0 (2)
Mitchell Starc17-3-46-3
Nathan Lyon19-3-39-3

The players are taking a drink. This won't take long now. KP: "What I am more worried now is that, Starc is finding his rhythm. His bouncers and yorkers are flowing here."

54.6
w
Starc to Yadav, OUT
that was coming, pops a short ball back to the bowler! That was a vicious working over from one fast bowler to another. Umesh backing away this time, a short of a length ball hammers into the splice and loops to the on side...Starc has time to get across from his follow through
UT Yadav c & b Starc 2 (35m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 8.69
54.5
Starc to Yadav, no run
goes for the yorker, fair play to Umesh, he stays in line and digs out into the covers
54.4
2
Starc to Yadav, 2 runs
he's not liking this, Umesh, as he turns his head away from the ball and it flies off the splice through square leg...getting a working over
54.3
Starc to Yadav, no run
he's miles outside leg stump again, manages to turn this to short leg...get one at the stumps! That was 150kph. Lively

Leg gully in place

54.2
Starc to Yadav, no run
he's not getting in line there! Moves miles outside leg then heaves across the line of a short-of-a-length delivery
54.1
Starc to Yadav, no run
takes a blow on the helmet as he ducks into a short ball, turned his head away from the line

San: "Wifey is so happy that I am not going to be glued to ESPNcricinfo for too long today."

end of over 544 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 137/7CRR: 2.53 
Ishant Sharma0 (2)
Umesh Yadav0 (17)
Nathan Lyon19-3-39-3
Mitchell Starc16-3-44-2
53.6
Lyon to Sharma, no run
defended into backward point
53.5
Lyon to Sharma, no run
big appeal for caught behind first ball, the straighter one from Lyon, Australia very confident but they decline to review. Missed it by a long way. Paine says it might have been boot on ground whatever he heard

Not sure Pant quite worked out how to play today. That will come with more experience. Was always a tough ask for him

53.4
w
Lyon to Pant, OUT
fantastic catch at midwicket! Lyon wins again, and Australia have almost won. Pant came down the pitch, tried to heave this through the leg side, loses his shape and drags it in the air towards midwicket. Handscomb dives full length to his left, that's a ripper of a catch
RR Pant c Handscomb b Lyon 30 (75m 61b 2x4 0x6) SR: 49.18
53.3
Lyon to Pant, no run
left alone outside off, tempted for another cut
53.2
Lyon to Pant, no run
goes on with the arm, defends on the back foot
Best performances - batsmen
V Kohli
123 runs (257)
13 fours
1 sixes
Control84%
Productive shot
flick
32 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
106101234141324
UT Khawaja
72 runs (213)
5 fours
0 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
flick
26 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
416812123215
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammed Shami
O
24
M
8
R
56
W
6
Eco
2.33
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
1W
NM Lyon
O
34.5
M
7
R
67
W
5
Eco
1.92
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
4W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Perth Stadium
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of Australia
Player Of The Match
Nathan Lyon
Series result4-match series level 1-1
Match numberTest no. 2334
Season2018/19
Hours of play (local time)10:20 start, Lunch 12.20-12.50, Tea 14.50-15.10, Close 17.10
Match days14,15,16,17,18 December 2018 (5-day match)
Umpires
Kumar Dharmasena
Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire
Nigel Llong
Reserve Umpire
Sam Nogajski
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle