Australian spinner Nathan Lyon makes Indian captain Virat Kohli his bunny

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon makes Indian captain Virat Kohli his bunny

India went in with a four-pronged pace attack and used Vihari's part-time spin.

The Australian youngster was fielding at short leg and was praying for a miracle finish on the last ball of the day, advising Indian keeper Rishabh Pant to deliberately give up his wicket so he could enjoy the Perth nightlife.

In reaching triple figures, Kohli became the second-fastest player to reach 25 Test centuries in terms of innings with 127, behind only Don Bradman (68) and ahead of his countryman Tendulkar (130). "I personally think we should have had a frontline spinner but it is the team management which decides that".

India resumed at 5-112 on Tuesday, having been asked to complete what would have been a record-breaking chase of 287, and were quickly rolled for 140.

Paine, whose cheeky chirping behind the stumps continued on day five, has remained calm throughout the crisis and in Perth his inexperienced teammates showed similar fight.

"They were more relentless and got the balls in the right areas for long enough".

"I wasn't much experienced four years back but this time the batch is experienced and there is a difference in the line and length from last time".

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Relief was the primary emotion for Australia captain Tim Paine moments after he secured his first Test victory as captain on the final morning in Perth.

Shami said that the pitch was behaving like a typical Perth surface and India, despite good bowling, had to wait for the wickets. "Anyone who says there's anything wrong with that wicket, they must've been watching a different game". We're just one wicket away from exposing the tail order.

"There has been uneven bounce".

He said he expected Finch, who split an index finger while batting in the second innings, to be fit for the third Test in Melbourne in eight days.

India opened proceedings on a cracking day of test cricket with Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane looking to push their partnership and bring the Aussie lead down.

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 worldwide cricket.

Kohli stationed himself in the path of Paine at one point when the batsman was running between the wickets, with the pair making slight contact when they were chest to chest.

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