After winning the first test match in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Adelaide by a margin of only 31 runs,India had other plans for Perth which had completely grassy pitch and best suited in the bowlers favour . With the win in Adelaide, Virat Kohli and his men came out with four fast bowlers in their squad with no spinners.
The Australians were looking good in their top order but lacked finishing in this match too. But their bowling attack kept the Indians under control throughout the match and Lyon, the lone spinner in the Aussies side was the game changer in a fast bowler’s pitch.
It was a complete team performance by the Australians as they beat the Indians by a whopping margin of 146 runs. So here we look upon the performances of Indian players as we believe they would recover to form again:
#1 K. L. Rahul
Review score: 0/10
After a horrible start at Adelaide, Rahul looked to show his talent at this tricky pitch in Perth. He had another chance to prove himself and seal a spot in the team but he was not in a mood to stand in the sun.
He scored a total of just 2 runs in the two innings he played. Struggling with the batting performances in the recent times, Rahul is going at at a faster pace in loosing his spot as a opener.
#2 Murali Vijay
Review score: 0.5/10
He continued his bad form in both the innings in the second test match too. Not able to cope up with Starc’s rippers he threw away his wicket in the first innings.Although he seemed confident in the second innings and played some good shots, became overconfident against Lyon and completely missed the offie which blew away the stumps. He scored a total of 20 runs in this match. Still Indian team is not having set openers in the test team.
#3 Cheteshwar Pujara
Review score: 2.5/10
He was the game changer at the batting pitch at Adelaide but he didn’t sustain for long in this match in both the innings. The Aussies were very keen in getting his wicket and bowled some excellent deliveries and bagged him by edging his bat and Tim Paine did no mistake for his precious wicket in both the innings before he looked to settle his game.He scored 28 runs in both the innings for India in this test match.
#4 Virat Kohli
He performed with the bat at the most crisis situation by scoring a defiant ton in the first innings but his partners failed to maintain partnerships. He scored 123 runs in the first innings getting India closer to the Aussies score but couldn’t finish properly.
In the second innings the target was small and could have played patiently as there was more than a one and half a day left for the game, but scored only 17 runs and lost his wicket which was a treat for the Aussies . Although he was good in batting, he made questionable selection of bowlers with no spinner in the team which had costed the match.
#5 Ajinkya Rahane
Review score: 5.5/10
He was the only batsman in the team who chose the perfect firing balls to hit and scored an excellent half century and gave India hope with a wonderful partnership with Kohli in the first innings. But his contribution was not enough for the team to get closer to the target. Although he tried to give stability to the team, he couldn’t withstand the Aussies quick balls and overturning spin of Lyon.
#6 Hanuma Vihari
Review score: 5/10
He was a replacement for Rohit Sharma in the team but didn’t impress the selectors with his batting skills. Although he took vital wickets in the first innings and gave India confidence in restricting Australia, he could not stand as a support to increase the scorecard for India. He played disciplined shots all over the ground but was tempting for every delivery to get onto his bat which costed him his wicket in both the innings. He scored a total of 48 runs and took two important wickets. But he surely did something to retain his spot for the upcoming matches.
#7 Rishabh Pant
Review score: 5/10
He is still not a test match player of the team. He went too adventurous in his shots. He wanted to hit every ball and slog it over the fence and wanted to destroy all kinds of balls.But the pitch had other plans, made him loose his confidence a bit and tricked him to loose his wicket. He scored a total of 66 runs in this match. He had no other choice other than to hit every ball as the tail-enders were approaching in a pitch where top class batsmen struggled to hit the balls.
#8 Umesh Yadav
Review score: 2/10
He replaced the veteran spinner,Ashwin in the team, but didn’t even try to justify his selection in the team.He took two wickets in the first innings and went wicket-less in the second. He leaked many runs by bowling very loose deliveries . He was the costliest of all the bowlers in the team.
#9 Ishant Sharma
Review score: 5.5/10
He produced instability to the Australian middle-order lineup and took 4 wickets in the first innings. He had a wonderful spell on day 2. But he could have been more accurate and productive in the second innings. He bowled some excellent yorkers. He restricted the bowling of no-balls which denied him two wickets in the last match.
#10 Mohammed Shami
Review score: 7/10
Although he bowled some superb inswingers, he went wicket-less in the first innings and was disappointed with his performance. But he rattled the Aussies and provided crucial blows by taking wickets of Finch, Head, Usman Khawaja, Shaun marsh, Tim Paine in the second innings. He took a 6 wicket haul which is his career best bowling figures. He limited the Australians to a achievable target.
#11 Jasprit Bumrah
Review score: 6/10
He was the consistent wicket-taker of the bowling line up. He provided with wickets at timed intervals. He took a total of 5 wickets with important wickets of Tim Paine and Aaron Finch. He had bullet pace and accuracy in his bowling skills again similar to Adelaide.But he should have taken more wickets in quicker intervals and should have troubled the Aussies with quicker deliveries.
Living up to the expectations of the fans, the second Test between India and Australia again saw a true example of how 5-day cricket should be played. Australia was the better side of the two and the game changer being a spinner was quite surprising to watch in the match.
India did fight but did not have that much spirit that Australians had in this game.After losing the first test match by only a margin of 31 runs, this was the best comeback by winning this game by 146 runs.
Watch highlights of the 2nd test match at: https://www.sonyliv.com/details/show/5838126949001/India-Tour-of-Australia-2018-19