Perth Test Day 2: Kohli and Rahane Put Australian Attack on Backfoot

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Captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane pedalled India pushing Australian bowling attack to the wall. The captain-vice captain duo posted 90 runs between them.

The India team lost openers quite early in their first innings. Though Cheteshwar Pujara didn’t score enough but he provided ample resistance to the moving ball around the off stump. Pujara scored a 50 plus partnership with the Indian captain and was dismissed on 24 by Mitchell Starc.

Captain Kohli took guard and stamped his class flicking the Australian attack to the boundary ropes even after Pujara’s departure. Ajinkya Rahane put much needed pressure on the Kangaroo bowling attack.

The Indian team at the end of Day 2 were at 172 for 3. India trails by 154 runs.

Earlier in the innings, Australia posted 326 in their first innings. Their openers and their middle order batsmen Travis Head controlled the innings with fifty plus scores. Left hander Shaun Marsh and wicket keeper Captain Tim Paine made significant contributions to the decent total.

 

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