The ongoing Test match between Australia and India at Perth has reached an interesting juncture. This is because at the end of Day 2, both the teams are evenly placed in the game.
India began the game by quickly wrapping up Australia’s tail. Later in the day, half-centuries from Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane put the visitors on the driver’s seat. However, Usman Khawaja still believes his team is ahead in the game.
India are currently trailing Aussies by 154 runs and has 7 wickets in hand. Skipper Kohli is batting on 82 and is inching towards his century, while his deputy Rahane is unbeaten on 51.
Khawaja believes taking the wicket of Kohli will expose India’s long tail. He also wants his bowlers to be disciplined and wishes for some luck on their side.
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Khawaja wants some luck for the Aussies
“Virat is a good batsman. He respects good bowlers. All our bowlers bowled well in patches today. Sometimes they nick it sometimes they don’t. We just have to keep putting it in right place in the right time. We have to be disciplined enough to get those edges and a bit of luck is needed,” Usman Khawaja said in the press conference on Saturday.
“If you give him an opportunity to score, he will take it. He was on it today and gave him a couple fuller balls, so he hit us but at the same time, we had to attack stumps and see what the wicket had to offer. Probably bowling back of length was harder than fuller length, so he got away. Tomorrow he starts again so we have a chance,” the left-hander added.
Khawaja also added that the Aussies still has the upper hand in the game. However Khawaja confessed that Rahane’s attitude of taking the attack to the bowlers has slightly pegged them back.
“We haven’t lost the upper hand and are still ahead of the game. Ajinkya Rahane came out and took on the short ball but we pegged them back as bowlers started bowling well.
“We need to do it consistently through the whole period. We knew that but some days it comes easy, some days it doesn’t. Hopefully tomorrow we can be a little bit better. They are still 140 behind. It took them 70 overs to get 170-odd. One or two wickets in the first session will be pretty big for us,” Khawaja noted.