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Captains Clash As Australia Close In On Leveller

Captains Clash As Australia Close In On Leveller

Captains Tim Paine and Virat Kohli clashed on day four of the second Test in Perth as Australia closed in on victory over India. Umpire Chris Gaffaney had to step in at one point when the two exchanged words while Paine was batting.

The Australia skipper had said before the series began that “gaining the respect of our country and fans is as high priority as winning”.

But the mask slipped during a spiky exchange during Australia’s first home Test series since March’s ball-tampering scandal in South Africa when Paine said to Murali Vijay: “I know he’s your captain but you can’t seriously like him as a bloke.”

Australia began day four on 132-4 and added 60 before Paine was caught by Kohli off Mohammed Shami for 37.

The bowler eventually finished with 6-56 as Australia lost five wickets for 15 runs but a tenth-wicket stand of 36 lifted Australia from 207-9 to 243 all out.

Chasing 287 to win – which India have surpassed to win a Test only on two previous occasions – they lost opener KL Rahul for a duck with the fourth ball of their second innings.

Cheteshwar Pujara fell for four before Nathan Lyon grabbed the prized wicket of Kohli, caught by Usman Khawaja for 17.

Lyon also bowled Vijay for 20, while Ajinkya Rahane was caught by Travis Head off Hazlewood for 30 to leave India reeling.

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