Australia vs India 2018/19: Twitter Erupts As Mohammad Shami’s Six-Fer Helps India Script Remarkable Comeback
Riding on Mohammed Shami’s fine spell in the second session, India recovered from a poor start on day four to bowl out Australia for 243 in the second innings.
The day started on a poor note for India as Australia’s lead swelled to 233 thanks to a patient 70-run stand between Usman Khawaja ad Tim Paine. The hosts managed to score just 58 runs in the first session but managed to keep all their remaining wickets intact. Consequently, Australia ended the first session on 190 for 4 after resuming the day on 132 for 4.
Both Paine and Khawaja looked in no hurry as they saw off the nervy and tough first hour of the play. The two were ready for almost everything that the Indian bowlers threw at them. Australia scored only 15 runs in the first 12 overs. Khawaja went on to bring up his 14th Test fifty off 155 balls.
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The runs started to flow a little faster when India introduced Hanuma Vihari in the attack.
The closest India came in the first session was when Bumrah was presented with a run-out chance off his own bowling. However, his wide throw gave Khawaja a big reprieve. The stage was now set for Australia to go all out in the second session and take the game away from India.
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However, what followed after the break was totally unexpected. Mohammed Shami brought India right back into the game by dismissing Paine and Aaron Finch on successive deliveries to reduce Australia to 192 for 6. Five runs later, Shami struck again to remove Khawaja and put India well on top. With that wicket, he also completed his five-wicket haul.
Japrit Bumrah then accounted for Pat Cummins while Shami removed Nathan Lyon as Australia found themselves reeling at 207 for 9. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood then scored some handy runs to take the score to 243. India will have to chase down 287 to take 2-0 lead in the series.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the innings:
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 17, 2018
This pitchbis starting to border on being dangerous… my god.. could there be a strike against the Perth Stadium in its first Test?
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) December 17, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 17, 2018
4 wkts for 6 runs so far for India in 30 mins, delighted and worried at the same time about what's to come #INDvAUS
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) December 17, 2018
Great come back by the Indian bowlers 👏👏. This Perth Pitch is playing tricks though #AusvIndia
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) December 17, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 17, 2018
Outstanding after lunch. Shami absolute beauty
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 17, 2018
an india bowling effort is never complete without at least one irritating lower order stand #INDvAUS
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 17, 2018
Shami is opening this game up. Might be "Second Innings Shami" but he is delivering wickets. Looking like a wicket every ball …
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 17, 2018
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) December 17, 2018
Great to see the ‘blow hot, blow cold’ bowler being red hot this year. Well done Mohd Shami! So happy for him.👏👏👏🙏
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 17, 2018
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) December 17, 2018
Shami is not bowling a spell. He is casting one.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 17, 2018
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