Paine relief: Australia win for 1st time since 'sandpapergate'

IND vs AUS 2nd Test Australia Beat India by 146 Runs to Level Series 1-1

Needing five wickets to seal victory heading into day five - and with India requiring a further 175 runs - the writing was perhaps already on the wall, a sentiment that was reinforced when Mitchell Starc made an early breakthrough in the fifth over of the day, cramping up Hanuma Vihari who edged onto his thigh pad and was caught easily by Marcus Harris.

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 on day five in Perth.

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.

Paine, who was involved in a verbal spat with Indian counterpart Virat Kohli on the third and fourth days, said the overwhelming emotion was relief at finally being able to put a dark period in Australian cricket behind them. "I'm just focused on the next Test", the 30-year-old said.

Australia were bowled out for 243 in their second innings during the second Test against India, meaning that the visitors needed 287 runs to win.

"As a team I think we played well in patches which we can hold onto".

Kohli defended his side's decision to play four fast bowlers instead of picking Ravindra Jadeja to replace injured spinner Ravi Ashwin.

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WICKET! Hanuma Vihari takes a fantastic catch at deep point to gift Mohammed Shami his sixth wicket. They are relentless even if they aren't getting wickets which is a great quality.

Late on day three and with Australia slowly knocking together a decent second innings total, Kohli reminded Paine how important his wicket was in the context of the series.

Australia´s best result in the four previous Tests since the scandal was narrowly hanging on for a draw against Pakistan in Dubai. The series is now levelled at one each with two matches to go.

However, Vihari added just four to his overnight score and fell to Mitchell Starc, who took 3-46, for 28.

The right-hander tried to flick the ball through the leg side and only succeeded in ballooning a simple catch to Marcus Harris at midwicket.

Ishant Sharma was in no mood to hang around and backed right away, edging a Pat Cummins (2-25) delivery through to wicketkeeper Paine for a duck.

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