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Paine Relieved With Aussie Triumph

Paine Relieved With Aussie Triumph

Captain Tim Paine expressed his relief after Australia beat India in the second Test to level the series at 1-1. Having lost in Adelaide, the Baggy Greens hit back in Perth to record a 146-run triumph and ensure there is everything to play for when the battle is resumed in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne.

Chasing 287 for victory, India began the final day on 112-5 but there was little resistance down the order and they lasted just 15 overs on Tuesday before succumbing for 140.

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Mitchell Starc removed Hanuma Vihari for 28 and Umesh Yadav for two while fellow paceman Pat Cummins accounted for Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah – both failing to trouble the scorers.

Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant fell to Nathan Lyon for 30, giving the off-spinner eight wickets in the match as the Aussies secured their first Test victory since the infamous ball-tampering scandal earlier in the year.

Paine was delighted with the result and admitted that it had been a tough encounter in Western Australia. “As a group, we are really – well, I am relieved, personally,” he said.

“It’s been hard work. The first two Tests of this series have been really, really tough. “Both teams have outstanding fast-bowling attacks. It’s been a really bruising Test match, to be honest.”

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