India vs Australia: India fails to defy numbers to win Perth Test

The 146-run loss in Perth was India's 16th while chasing in the fourth innings of a Test match in Australia.

Rishabh Pant (left) and Hanuma Vihari didn't offer much resistance against the incisive Australian bowlers on the fifth morning.   -  AP

India's record in fourth-innings run chases hadn't inspired much confidence going into the final day of the second Test, with the visitor needing a further 175 runs for victory with only five wickets in hand.

In 16 previous attempts, India had successfully managed to chase down a target only once and failed on the 15 other occasions. That success came in Adelaide, in December 2003, when Rahul Dravid steered India to four-wicket win with a masterful 72 in the second innings, with India chasing 233 runs for victory.

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Historically, India has been poor at chasing away from home, with 43 losses and 16 wins in 59 Tests. Once again, its record in Australia is the worst (16 losses) followed by England (12 losses) and West Indies (5).

On the fifth morning, the Indian lower-order batsmen didn't offer much resistance and India added only 28 runs to its overnight's total. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins took two wickets apiece, while Nathan Lyon dismissed Rishabh Pant to help Australia level the four-match series 1-1.

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