Perth Test: Mohammed Shami sets new Indian record after taking 6 for 56 vs Australia

first_imgMohammed Shami now holds the record of most wickets in a calendar year by an Indian pacer after taking his 44th wicket after lunch on Day 4 of the Perth Test on Monday. In 11 matches in 2018, out of which 10 have been away from home, Shami has struck 44 times for India, which included two five-wicket hauls. Shami is also leading wicket-taker among pacers in away Tests this year. India are currently on their third overseas tour of the year and Shami has played each Test match in all of them. He played three Tests in South Africa, five in England and two so far in Australia.On Monday, Mohammed Shami recorded his best-ever Test bowling figures as he wrecked on the Australian batting line-up after lunch in Perth. His figures of 6 for 56 topped his previous best of 5 for 28 that he achieved earlier in the year against South Africa in Johannesburg.Shami’s sixth victim was Nathan Lyon, who was caught out right after a Shami delivery hit him hard at the helmet. After recovering from the helmet blow, Lyon tried to move his body away and hit another pitched-up delivery from Shami but it went straight into the hands of Hanuma Vihari at deep point.India vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 4: LIVE BLOG | LIVE SCOREShami registered his fourth five-wicket haul in his 37-match long Test career and led to a collapse of Australia’s batting line-up after lunch. This is Shami’s second five-wicket haul against Australia — the previous being back on January 6, 2015 in Sydney.advertisementThe last time Shami had a 5-wicket haul against Australia, he ended with figures of 5/112 and took the wickets of Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns and Ryan Harris. In the second innings of the Perth Test, he picked the wickets of Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head and Tim Paine.6 wickets for Shami. His career best figures. 3 for Bumrah and 1 for Ishant. Australia 243. India require 287 to win #AUSvIND (@BCCI) December 17, 2018In his entire career so far, Shami had record four 5-wicket hauls and his maiden came against the Windies in Kolkata on November 6, 2013.Shami had picked 31 wickets after his first 8 Test matches and is fourth in the list of most wickets by an Indian pacer after 8 Tests.Jasprit Bumrah leads the list with 39 while Venkatesh Prasad (37) and S Sreesanth (37) complete the top 3.Ahead of the lunch as well, even though India could not take any wickets, there was plenty of drama as India captain Virat Kohli and Australian skipper Tim Paine had a bit of altercation due to which umpire Chris Gaffney had to intervene and remind the two players that “You guys are the captains”.In the morning session, the Indian fast bowlers put in a spirited effort but were unable to get a breakthrough as Australia reached 190 for 4 at lunch in their second innings, 233 runs ahead of the visitors, with Khawaja 67 not out and skipper Paine unbeaten on 37.Australia, desperate to level the series after narrowly losing the Adelaide opener, blunted India’s pace attack on the grassy Perth Stadium wicket during the pivotal morning session.India’s quicks were unable to exploit the pitch’s variable bounce and lacked the energy mustered during an explosive final session on day three.Australia resumed the day at 132-4 with a lead of 175 runs over India’s first innings tally of 283 and dominated the first session to take control of a fluctuating match.With only a smattering of spectators in the 60,000-seat stadium, Australia’s watchful batsmen made a sedate start in the face of accurate Indian bowling and scored just 19 runs in the first hour.Paine and Khawaja tempered their aggression, preferring to rotate the strike through sharp singles to frustrate an Indian side desperate for wickets.However, it was a completely different story in the second session with Shami absolutely running through the batting order and Australia ended their second innings at 243 all out, with a lead of 286 runs.Also Read | Not really concerned how Virat Kohli conducts himself on the field: Nathan LyonAlso Read | Perth Test: Virat Kohli’s energy is infectious, says Jasprit Bumrah after enthralling Day 3Also See:last_img

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