Australia beat India and level the series at 1-1. After the ball-tempering controversy of March it was the first time Australia won a Test match.
India, started the final day on a score of 112-5 as they were chasing score of 287 for winning the match but they were all bowled out at 140 to lose by 146 runs.
Australia required just 15 overs to finish up the game and win – It was first of Tim Paine since succeeding as captain Steve Smith.
Tim Paine said “It’s a relief more than anything, It’s taken a while with everything that’s happened.”
When Mitchell Starc caught off the Hanuma Vihari, this was the point when Australia got struck in the 6th over of the last day.
Rishabh Pant early followed – Nathan Lyon missed mistakenly a shot, who completed with match score of 8-106 – and the tail of India very soon drooped.
Melbourne is the place where the next match in the 4-match series is going to take place and beginning on Boxing Day.
Kohli underplays Paine conflict
It was 5th test match of Tim Paine as a captain where the victory in Perth took place.
Along with Cameron Bancroft and David Warner the antecedent Smith was also banned for ball-tampering throughout the 3rd Test match between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town.
It was Paine’s saying before the start of this series, “gaining the respect of our country and fans is as high priority as winning”.
During the 2nd test match Paine clashed orally with Virat Kohli an Indian skipper at the Perth, it was the first Test hosted by them.
But, the confrontation was played down by the Indian batsman, at the last point of the Test.
Virat Kohli said very impressively, “As long as there is no swearing and personal attacks then the line doesn’t get crossed,”.
“Australia played better cricket than us and deserved to win.”
He also praised the settlement of bringing Umesh Yadav a paceman – rather than bringing another spinner – for the injured Ravichandran Ashwin, specially give the contribution of Lyon.
“If you see the rough, it didn’t have much assistance,” said by Kohli. “Just the pace on the ball that Lyon bowled with, that’s how he got the wickets.
He also said,”We thought a fast bowler was going to be more productive and more helpful.”