India beat Australia by 137 runs to win 1st ever Boxing Day Test Down Under

first_imgIndia beat Australia by 137 runs to win 1st ever Boxing Day Test Down UnderIndia vs Australia 3rd Test Day 5: Chasing 399, Australia were bowled out for 261 as India took a 2-1 series lead at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 08:51 IST India vs Australia 3rd Test: Rain interrupted play on Day 5 but India managed to finish the job and win the match on time (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia won their first Boxing Day Test in Australia with a 137-run victory at MCGBumrah (3 for 53) and Jadeja (3 for 82) helped India bowl Australia out for 261India now lead the 4-Test series 2-1. The final match will be played at the SCG from Jan. 3India needed just 5.3 overs in the second session on Sunday to bowl Australia out for the second time in two days and secure a historic 137-run victory in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.The first session was washed out due to the relentless rain in Melbourne, but the weather conditions improved after the first two hours and play finally started at 7.25 am IST.India had never won a Boxing Day Test in Australia. However, Virat Kohli’s men have now rewritten history with a 137-run victory.Chasing 399, Australia were bowled out for 261 as Jasprit Bumrah picked up 3 for 53 and Ravindra Jadeja picked 3 for 82. Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami finished with 2 wickets each.India first played a Boxing Day Test in 1985. Over the years, they lost 5, drew 2 before finally winning in 2018. This is a sweet end to the year for Kohli and India.The year 2018 started with two defeats in South Africa. They won in Johannesburg but another 1-4 series defeat in England raised serious questions on India’s ability to win Test matches overseas. Now, they cannot lose the Test series in Australia.As special as this victory is for India, credit must be given to Australia’s lower-order for putting up a stubborn fight.The Aussies were tottering at 176 for 7 and defeat was imminent on Saturday. Ravindra Jadeja had just snared Tim Paine with a ball that stayed low and it looked like India would pick up the remaining three wickets without much fuss.advertisementBut Pat Cummins had other ideas. With Mitchell Starc for company, he frustrated India for over nine overs. And then Cummins stitched a partnership with Nathan Lyon – the duo batted out 14.1 overs on day 4 to push the match into the fifth day.Cummins, who had already picked nine wickets in the Test, scored a fluent half-century. Some of his shots were a lesson for Australia’s top-order batsmen – so crisp and sweetly timed they were.The umpires offered India an extra half-hour to try and win the Test on Saturday but Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja could not dislodge the determined Australian pair.There was threat of rain on Sunday but luckily for India, victory was wrapped up.It all began on Wednesday with debutant Mayank Agarwal’s 76. Cheteshwar Pujara struck his second hundred of the series while Virat Kohli battled a stiff back to make 82. Rohit Sharma scored his first fifty outside Asia since 2015. Memories were created by a team that desperately needed to provide itself overseas.And once India posted their highest overseas score in 2018, the bowlers took over. Jasprit Bumrah, in his first year as a Test cricketer, completed five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England and Australia. His six-wicket haul on Friday blew the Aussies away and gave India a 292-run lead on a treacherous pitch.Virat Kohli chose not to enforce the follow-on and Pat Cummins tore through the top-order in four overs. Pujara and Kohli were dismissed for ducks. By stumps, India had finished with 54 for 5 but their overall lead was now a substantial 346.After the third day’s play, there were several questions asked of Kohli’s decision to bay again. Rain was predicted over the next two days and sure enough, Saturday saw plenty of cloud cover. India lost three more wickets before they declared again to set Australia a 399-run target.And it was that man Jasprit Bumrah again. He did more damage in the second innings and Ravindra Jadeja joined the party on a wearing pitch. It was his kind of a surface.There was turn, variable bounce and plenty of purchase for pacers and spinners alike. While Bumrah and Jadeja will be celebrated for their tally of wickets, it is important to remember how well Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami bowled. They were relentless, intimidating and tireless.There was a stubborn little partnership between Tim Paine and Pat Cummins which was broken by Jadeja with a delivery that outfoxed the Australian captain.Cummins and Mitchell Starc offered some resistance but that was never going to be enough to stop India’s quest for a historic win. The dogged fight shown by the lower order should inspire the rest of the Australian squad as the teams head to Sydney for the final Test starting January 3.India, meanwhile, will rejoice in the glorious victory. It did not come easy and there was a constant threat of rain over the weekend.Right through 2018, India’s batsmen were criticised for their poor approach and for their failure to support Virat Kohli, who finished with 1322 runs and five hundreds. It has all come together for India in Australia.advertisementAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Offensive Aussie commentary hurts but nothing we can do about it: India bowling coachAlso Read | Mission Failed: After Rohit, Mumbai Indians troll Australia skipper Tim PaineAlso Read | Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India win Boxing Day TestFollow India beat AustraliaFollow ind vs aus 3rd test day 5Follow India vs Australialast_img read more