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Australia level series against India with first win since 'sandpapergate'

Tim Paine has bagged his first Test win as a captain by thrashing India by 146 runs in Perth on Tuesday to secure a series-levelling victory.

Australia annihilate India’s lower order through a barrage of hostile bowling attack before lunch on the fifth day.

Australian spin wizard Nathan Lyon took eight wickets for the Test and has 16 overall in the series.

India resumed at 115 for five on the final day and never threatened to pull off a phenomenal victory, losing their last five wickets for just 21 runs. Top-ranked India were dismissed for 140 midway through the first session to win an engrossing contest.

It was Australia’s first Test win in five matches since taking over from the suspended Steve Smith in South Africa, and also the first victory for new coach Justin Langer, coming in his hometown.

Australia’s previous Test win was against South Africa at St George’s Park in March.

After a long awaited victory the skipper while talking to media said, “It’s a relief more than anything,”

“It’s taken a while with everything that’s happened. It was a difficult test (and) I’m really proud of the way the boys went about it said Paine.”

“It’s been a classic couple of test matches and we’re ready for another one.”

It was during the following Test at Newlands that Cameron Bancroft was caught using sandpaper to alter the ball and Australian cricket was plunged into turmoil.

The scandal led to lengthy suspensions from Cricket Australia for Bancroft, Smith and opener David Warner and saw Paine appointed as skipper just months after being recalled to the side.

Australia’s best result in the four previous Tests since the scandal was narrowly hanging on for a draw against Pakistan in Dubai.

They had also won only six of 22 one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches since the scandal.

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