Australia crashed last Indian inning in under 15 overs to win the second Test with 146 runs and levelling the series by 1-1.
At the start of the day India resumed the match with 112/5 with 175 runs short to take the second win but was not able to close in to the winning score given the feeble nature of the Optus Stadium surface. Soon India lost 5 wickets for just 28 runs.
Nathan Lyon came to start the play for the Australia and took Rishabh Pant’s wicket early on making a dent into India’s batting line. Mitchell Starc followed next and removed Umesh Yadav and Hanuma Vihari crippling India’s any chance of winning the Test. All it took for Pat Cummins is one over to take remaining two wickets and wind up Indian batting side.
Starc is the one to bring India’s tail order to a stall after he clinched Vihari’s wicket at 28. Then Pant took on the stride and hit a couple of fours to reach 30 but then Lyon excellently removed him with a whip off that was intercepted by diving Peter Handscomb at midwicket.
Charging on Starc used his short ball to great effect thereby swaying Umesh Yadav away for a well-directed bouncer. At the end game Cummins had a very easy timing snuffing Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma out.
With this loss India’s team selection must be questioned as to why they did not pick any spinner and went out with all pacer attack. One of the bowlers conceded 139 runs taking only 2 wickets and scoring 6 runs. On the other hand, Australia never needed the fifth bowler with Lyon, Cummins, Starc and Josh Hazlewood claiming more than 20 Indian wickets.
The question remains if India will make a change in its strategy and include pacers for the third Test.