Baggy Green Battles India for First Test Win Since South Africa

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Well then, the solution seems obvious.

Australia should play cricket only in Australia, as they seem to be getting the upper hand on India and are on the verge of a first Test victory since a certain unfortunate incident that occurred while on tour in South Africa.

It might be a bit premature, but optimism is the Aussie way and only five wickets stand between the Baggy Green and a series leveling victory over the mighty XI from India.

Australia continues to deny Virat Kohli. They had set a target of 287 for the captain of India and his men, but the pitch in Perth is apparently supply all the abrasive Australia needs, as demonstrated when Nathan Lyon sent Kohli off for a paltry 17.

India is not going gently, but the chase is going to be difficult with only bowlers remaining, so an escape would seem highly unlikely. There’s that optimism again.

Kohli seemed to have the timing on Australia’s quicks, but Nathan Lyon had the ball and Kohli’s head spinning in opposite directions. Lyon forced Kohli into a defensive posture and Kohli was caught at first slip by Usman Khawaja.

Just, perhaps more, interesting as the cricket are the barbs being lobbed back and forth between Kohli and Aussie captain Tim Paine.

Paine seems to have gotten the upper hand in that exchange, when after Kohli was dismissed, Paine turned to Murali Vijay and innocently asked, “I know he (Kohli) is your captain, but you can’t seriously like him as a bloke?”

That may have gotten into Vijay’s head, or under his skin, or ahead of his karma, as he went down for 20.

The bowling by Australia has been exceptional, proving that missing the bats of Steve Smith and David Warner is something to which the correct adaptation can be made. Mitchell Starc handed a duck to Vijay partner KL Rahul and a short time later, Josh Hazlewood reduced first Test century maker Cheteshwar Pujara to four.