Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, the pair of captain and his deputy, led India’s charge on Day 2 of the second Test and propelled them to 172/3 at stumps, trailing Australia by 154 runs in Perth on Saturday. Earlier, Ishant Sharma claimed four wickets as India bowled out Australia for 326. Pacers Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets each, while all-rounder Hanuma Vihari chipped in with the scalps of Marcus Harris (70) and Shaun Marsh (45).
Starting the innings for India, openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay failed to put up an impressive show. Vijay was dismissed for a zero, while Rahul made just two runs as Australia sent both the openers back to the pavilion inside the first six overs.
Captain Virat Kohli and Test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara showed composure to rescue India from 8/2. Pujara, who was the only batsman to score a century in the gruelling Adelaide Test that India won by 31 runs, stood tall for a while to help India recover.
Mitchell Starc, who had earlier dismissed Vijay, struck again in the 39th over to claim the important wicket of Pujara. The right-hander made 24 runs off 103 runs and hit a single boundary.
Following the departure of Pujara, the captain-deputy pair of Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane made sure no wicket fell before stumps on the second day.
Kohli made 82 runs off 181 balls with the help of nine boundaries, while Rahane scored 51 off 103 balls, including six boundaries and a six.