Australia captain Tim Paine was a relieved man after his team beat India by 146 runs in Perth on Tuesday to level the series with their first Test win since the ball-tampering "sandpapergate" scandal that rocked global cricket.
India in particular enjoyed bowling on it leaving the Australian batsmen ducking for cover with opener Aaron Finch forced to retire after taking a painful blow on his hand.
Knowing he was running out of partners, Pant tried to force the issue but miscued a drive off Nathan Lyon low to midwicket, where Peter Handscomb dived to his left and took another excellent catch, having been the man that took the contentious catch in slips to remove Kohli in the Indian first innings.
Ishant Sharma was in no mood to hang around and backed right away, edging a Pat Cummins (2-25) delivery through to wicketkeeper Paine for a duck.
Usman Khawaja and Tim Paine extended their partnership to 70 Monday, riding their luck to increase Australia's lead slowly in the second Test against India in Perth. "We have been improving over the last few months and it is great to get some reward".
Kohli was in the thick of things from go to whoa on Sunday, as his classy century, a debated dismissal and haughty histrionics dominated a drama-packed day. It's a huge honour to captain the Australian side. 'They deserved to win.
Virat Kohli has defended his four-man seam attack. But I will say that Australia played better cricket than us and they played more consistently. In other words, they needed a miracle given the pitch was spicy, and that their tail was as long as it could be. India Loses Second Test to Australia by 146 Runs; Netizens Slam Virat Kohli & Co Brutally!
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"Whatever we get is going to need to be enough ..." Nathan Lyon bowled really well on this wicket.
He has taken 17 wickets in the first two Tests of the series so far.
Paine and Virat Kohli shared a perfunctory handshake then both played down their slanging match that overshadowed the second Test.
"Yes", Lyon replied when asked if he was surprised India didn't pick a specialist spinner to replace Ashwin.
Australia was then dismissed for 243 when swing bowler Mohammed Shami claimed a career-best 6-56.
"I think you definitely can be happy with that", Kohli said speaking at the press-match conference on Tuesday. Play the game. You guys are the captains!'
Tensions flared-up towards the end of the third day with Kohli and Paine exchanging verbal volleys as the second Test between India and Australia headed for a nail-biting finish.