Australia vs India 2nd Test Day 4: Lyon, Hazlewood leave Australia five wickets away from victory

Nathan Lyon two wickets Australia India 2nd Test Day 4 Perth cricket

Nathan Lyon removed Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay in quick succession

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Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood troubled India’s batsmen and left Australia needing five wickets for victory heading into the final day in Perth.

Starting off the day on 132/4, Usman Khawaja and Australia captain Tim Paine converted their 12-run partnership into a 72-run stand before Paine was caught by India skipper Virat Kohli in the slip cordon off the bowling of Mohammed Shami for 37.

Shami removed Aaron Finch, who retired hurt after being struck on the finger on the third day, the very next ball as he was caught behind for 25.

Khawaja went on to score 72, which came off 213 balls and included five boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Shami.

Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon fell shortly after, but Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc gave Australia a boost towards the end of the innings as they forged a useful 36-run partnership.

Australia were eventually bowled out for 243, which set India a target of 287 to win, when Starc was clean bowled by Jasprit Bumrah for 14.

Hazlewood was left stranded on 17.

Shami was the pick of the bowlers with six wickets, while Bumrah snapped up three and Ishant Sharma chipped in with one.

Mohammed Shami six wickets Australia India 2nd Test Day 4 Perth cricket

Mohammed Shami finished with career-best figures of 6-56 off 24 overs

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Chasing 287 to win, India were dealt a big blow on the fourth ball of their innings as opener Lokesh Rahul was cleaned up by Starc for a duck.

Cheteshwar Pujara only made four runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Hazlewood.

Lyon joined the party by removing Kohli for 17 before taking out Murali Vijay in his next over.

Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari temporarily kept Australia at bay with a 43-run partnership before Rahane was caught by Travis Head at point off the bowling of Hazlewood for 30.

Vihari and Rishabh Pant ensured India didn’t lose anymore wickets as they forged an unbeaten 14-run stand before stumps was called.

Vihari finished on 24, which came off 58 balls and included four boundaries, while Pant remained undefeated on nine.

Hazlewood and Lyon took two wickets apiece, while Starc claimed one.

India ended day four on 112/5 and will continue batting on Tuesday at 10:20 local time or 02:20 GMT.

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