Australia have won their first Test match since the ball-tampering controversy as their attack blew apart the India tail for a 146-run victory.
The hosts only needed 15 overs to take the remaining five wickets in Perth and level the series at 1-1.
After starting the fifth day on 112 for five, India lost the key wicket of Hanuma Vihari for 28 when he holed out off Mitchell Starc.
Mitchell Starc celebrates after dismissing India’s Hanuma Vihari on day five of the second Test
From then on, it was just a matter of time before Australia sealed the win.
Rishabh Pant, who raced to 30 runs from 61 balls, was well caught by Peter Handscomb off Nathan Lyon and an over later Umesh Yadav popped a shot back to Starc for two.
Pat Cummins wrapped up the last two wickets in the space of four balls, Ishant Sharma edging behind for a duck and Jasprit Bumrah launching a shot high into the Western Australian sky with Cummins positioning himself to take the catch.
The win is the first for Tim Paine as captain and Australia’s first in seven Tests, after former captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned for their part in a ball-tempering plot during a Test in Cape Town in March.
‘I am relieved personally,’ said Paine. ‘It’s hard work. I am really proud of the competitive and hard cricket we played.’
Both teams were left battered and bruised on a pitch that crumbled with widening cracks at Perth Stadium – the newest Test venue.
It was a first victory as captain for Tim Paine, picture being congratulated by Virat Kohli
India in particular enjoyed bowling on it leaving the Australian batsmen ducking for cover with opener Aaron Finch forced to retire after taking a painful blow on his hand.
‘It was a tough and bruising test,’ Paine added. ‘Both teams have outstanding fast bowling attacks.
‘We have some inexperienced players in terms of Test matches played. To get a win like that against the best test team in the world is going to give them a huge boost of confidence.
‘The game tightened up a lot at certain stages and we stuck to our guns and delivered our skills really well under pressure against a team as good as India it’s really pleasing for our side.’
Kohli rued missed opportunities but acknowledged his side was beaten by a better one over the five days.
‘Australia played better cricket and consistently,’ Kohli said. ‘They deserved to win.
‘We didn’t play with the same intensity as we did in the first test match,’ Kohli added.
‘We always had the belief we could do it, but they were more relentless and pitched the ball in the right area for long enough to put us in trouble.’
It was a relieved paine who spoke to reporters after the match in Perth
Kohli defended his decision to play an all-seam attack by leaving out a specialist spinner.
‘We never thought as as team that we needed a spin option,’ Kohli said. ‘Nathan bowled really well on this wicket. With the skill level and consistency he was able to get the maximum out of this pitch. He bowled well according to the conditions.’
India captain Virat Kohli batted beautifully for over six hours to anchor the Indian first innings and scored his sixth Test century in Australia.
‘When you don’t win you really don’t rank your performance, and at the moment it’s irrelevant because we didn’t get the result we wanted. I want to contribute in a winning cause.’
It was an outstanding bowling effort by man-of-the-match Lyon who claimed a match bag of 8-106 after he took 5-67 in the first innings to secure a crucial 43-run lead to tilt the balance in Australia’s favour.
Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon was man of the match after taking eight wickets
He has taken 17 wickets in the first two Tests of the series so far. Lyon has also taken 80 wickets against India in Test cricket – the second highest by a spinner.
Lyon is the joint highest wicket taker in 2018 calendar year with 48 wickets (average 26.02) in nine Test matches alongside Sri Lankan offspinner Dilruwan Perera.
After Australia scored 326 in the first innings, India replied with 283 runs which was largely built around Kohli’s 25th century in his 75th Test.
Pat Cummins (2nd right) quickly wrapped up the last two wickets to seal the win
Australia was then dismissed for 243 when swing bowler Mohammed Shami claimed a career-best 6-56.
Both captains played down the onfield sledging with Kohli saying, ‘As long as there’s no swearing and personal attack it is fine. Little bit of banter is fine. This is test cricket and it has to be competitive.’
‘It what’s said, and not how much that matters,’ Paine said. ‘We played with our skills and not on emotions.’
The next Test between India and Australia starts in Melbourne on Boxing Day.