India’s Test record at Perth against Australia

Here is Team India’s Test record against Australia at Perth ahead of the second test in the West Australian capital that begins on Friday.

India won the first test in Adelaide by 31 runs, but face an uphill task to replicate their success in Perth, where they’ve won only once in four previous visits. This test will be played at the new Perth stadium- the earlier ones between the two nations were all played at the WACA.

Previous Australia v India Tests in Perth

December 1977- Australia won by two wickets

The first ever test meeting at the WACA between the two sides saw Australia emerge victorious by just two wickets.

Owing to Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket, Australia were effectively a second string XI in this squad. Captained by 41 year old Bob Simpson, the home side were trailing 2-1 in the series coming into this test at the WACA.

India opted to take first guard and made 402, thanks to fine half centuries from Chetan Chauhan and Mohinder Amarnath, and useful contributions down the order from Syed Kirmani, Venkat and Madan Lal.

In reply, Australia managed 394, with Simpson scoring nearly half of his side’s runs (176 not out). India were cruising at 283/3 before a late collapse saw them declare at 330/9.

Chasing 342, Australia were staring down the barrel at 33/2 before night watchman Tony Mann wrote himself into the history books with a century- his first and only one in his test career. David Ogilvie, Peter Toohey and Simpson chipped in with useful knocks and Australia tied by the series. The win was to prove a catalyst- they managed to turn things around and came from 2-1 down to win 3-2.

February 1992- Australia won by 300 runs

This was a far more one-sided affair in comparison to the 1977 one. Better remembered for Sachin Tendulkar’s fabulous 114 in the first innings- he was the only Indian to cross fifty across both innings as the visitors slumped to a heavy defeat.

January 2008- India won by 72 runs

India’s first and so far, only win in Perth. Tendulkar again played a pivotal hand with his 71 in the first innings and Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman again tormented the Aussies with half centuries on a tough track.

This was the test where Ishant Sharma made his name, bowling a fantastic, probing spell to Ricky Ponting. All five Indian bowlers took wickets in the final innings as Australia fell to a 72 run defeat.

January 2012- Australia won by an innings and 37 runs

Australia demolished India by an innings and 37 runs, primarily thanks to David Warner, who single-handedly outscored the visitors (he made 180, while India finished with 161 and 171 in their two innings).

Current Indian skipper Virat Kohli, then a youngster, made two vital knocks of 44 and 75 that preserved his fledgling test career.

16 December 1977Australia won by 2 wickets
1 February 1992Australia won by 300 runs.
16 January 2008India won by 72 runs
13 January 2012Australia won by & innings and 37 runs.
14 December 2018Australia won by 146 runs

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