Virat Kohli sees an opportunity to take down Australia on 'lively' Perth top

Team India captain Virat Kohli is excited and optimistic about his team's chances of going 2-0 up in the four-match Test series when they the two teams get down to business at the Perth Stadium on Friday.
Perth, generally known for its pace and bounce has always been a nemesis for Indian teams because of the quickness of the track but this Indian team is unfazed and much of it is because of the thunderous quintet it has at its disposal.Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma picked up 14 wickets among themselves in the first Test as India edged Australia by 31 runs in Adelaide. And on Perth, India may well go in with either of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav as the pitch till now has a fair cover of grass  something the Indian pace battery will relish.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Kohli said that India played on a similar track in Johannesburg in South Africa earlier this year and won and they are looking to the similar in the new stadium in Western Australia.
"Really excited. We saw the pitch, there is quite a lot of grass on it. We are really happy as we wanted more grass here than Adelaide. Our pacers will come into the game. As a team you sense there is an opportunity to win and that will only happen when you take 20 wickets.
"Whenever we see such a pitch where we feel it is going to be difficult, we take it positively. We have a chance to get a result. Getting hit, the wickets having pace are small things in front of getting a result. So we will go with the same mindset like we went to the Jo'Burg game. It looked really difficult but we won. So, mindset matters and with the current situation, we want to play on difficult wickets, so that we can take 20 wickets and stand a chance to win," Kohli said. 

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