Australia beat India by 146 runs in the second cricket Test at Perth today to level the four-match series 1-1. The hosts bundled out India for 140 runs in 56 overs in their second innings on the fifth and final day. Starting from overnight 112 for five, India lost their last five wickets for 28 runs and it was all over within 65 minutes of play.
Australia had scored 326 runs in their first innings, and India replied with 283 runs, thanks to Virat Kohli’s 25th Test hundred, thus conceding a lead of 43 runs. The hosts scored 243 runs in their second innings to post a 287-run target.
This was Australia’s first Test win since the ball-tampering scandal broke out in South Africa earlier this year. Mitchell Starc (3-46) and Nathan Lyon (3-39) finished with three wickets apiece, while Josh Hazlewood (2-24) and Pat Cummins (2-25) took a brace each. India had won the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs. The third Test starts in Melbourne on December 26.