India level series against Australia with resounding win at MCG!
Galatta | Dec 29, 2020, 03:16 pm
India versus Australia has for long been one of the biggest rivalries in Cricket, in recent times! The two teams are pretty evenly matched and are two of the best sides, in world cricket! The honours were shared between India and Australia in the limited overs leg of the series, as Australia took the ODIs and India won the T20Is! After having the upper hand for the most part of the first Test, a batting collapse undid all the good work and Australia romped home to a convincing win! India lost their regular Captain Virat Kohli, as well as pacer Mohammad Shami, at the end of the Test. Kohli returned to India on Paternity Leave and Shami was ruled out with an injury. Ajinkya Rahane became the stand-in captain and debutante Siraj was drafted in to replace Shami! The only thing that went wrong for India in the second Test, was losing the Toss!
The Indian bowlers shot out Australia for 195 in the first innings before the Indian batsmen put up a stellar show with captain Rahane leading from the front with a classy century! Jadeja put up a half-century and the other batsmen also contributed with the bat, taking India to 326, with a lead of 131! Australia had quite an uphill task and they could only manage 200 in the second innings, with the Indian bowlers putting up another good show! Matthew Wade gave the Australians a good start but fell for 40. Cameron Green held the innings together for a brief while with a well-made 45 and Pat Cummins gave him good company with a stubborn 22! However, unfortunately for the Australians, the Indian bowlers were spot on and broke their resistance.
India were set a target of 70 to hit in the 4th innings and they began with yet another shaky start from Mayank Agarwal. He was taken out for just 5 runs by Mitchell Starc and this Wicket was followed almost immediately by Cheteshwar Pujara's Wicket. Cummins took out Pujara for 3 runs, after an uncharacteristic shot by the batsman. However, Shubman Gill showed off his class with another stroke-filled 35, off just 36 balls. Rahane followed up his first innings century with a 27 in the second innings. Fittingly, it was Rahane who hit the winning runs for India. All the players who were brought in freshly for this match - Gill, Siraj, Jadeja and Pant, contributed towards the win and the ignominy of the 36-run batting collapse in the first Test was reversed in style! India and Australia have both won one test apiece and with 2 more matches to go, the series hangs in the balance! Rahane was judged the Player of the Match for his valuable contributions with the bat!