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- Australia v India Test Series 2018/19 3rd Test
443/7 & 106/8
151/10 & 261/10 (89.3 ov)
India won by 137 runs
Player of the match:
The fourth and final Test gets underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on January 3. We will be back with our Live updates from 4:30 AM IST on January 3 and till then, this is Vignesh Ananthasubramanian signing off.
See you again in a few days' time. Happy New Year, everyone.
After a lot of frustration earlier in the day, the play started and India managed to create history by winning the MCG Test and with that, taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series. The last five days have been great for Indian cricket and every single player in the XI played out of their skin to win the game for India. With the Border-Gavaskar Trophy already in their kitty, the Indian team will go to Sydney with full of confidence.
Jasprit Bumrah, Man of the Match
: It is a great feeling. I always wanted to play Test cricket. I am really happy to contribute to team's success. I always focus on consistency. My aim is to always focus on inconsistency, We train very hard and we are used to bowling a lot of overs in Ranji Cricket so body is doing well. It was always a dream to play Test cricket. I started learning slowly, hopefully, the start has been good. I hope it will keep getting better.
We are not gonna stop here. This will give us more confidence and we play more positively in Sydney.We want to win last Test match as well, if an opportunity comes our way. We don't want to be complacent. It's good thing that I don't read any comment. We were pretty clear that we will bat third on this pitch as pitch was only getting worse. Jasprit has been brilliant for us, The three seamers have broken a record for the highest number of wickets in a calendar year. Jasprit was unlucky not top get wickets in Perth. Team management calmed him down and he won us the test match. Agarwal was amazing. His composure was outstanding. Pujara was outstanding too. It is all about taking pride in your roles which are given. We have to play good cricket to be in the position right no
It's a bit disappointing. With an inexperience batting line-up you are bound to have an innings like we did in the first innings. The guys are working really hard and we have a huge challenge ahead of us in Sydney. The conditions will be different in Sydney. The pitch was very good. After watching the wicket for 2 days, I knew pitch will crumble. Pat (Cummins) has been superb all series. We all know what quality he has. He has been fantastic for us. We want more guys to perform like him. It's been an interesting year, a difficult year. In the next few months, some world class players will be available. We have to work really hard to win the new year Test.All that changed on Day 3, wickets tumbled and as many as 15 batsmen fell, Australia, thanks to a special spell from Bumrah, were rocked, bowled out for 151 - thereby conceding a first-innings lead of 292 runs. Follow-on beckoned, especially with rain forecast on Day 4 and 5, India resisted, were tormented by Pat Cummins, who finished with career-best haul. 399 was the target and Bumrah was in his elements once again, well supported by Ishant and Shami. Day 5 was all about patience after rain washed out the first-session, but India's tryst with destiny wasn't going to be spoiled.
This is the second time that India have retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy while Australia have been able to do it only once so far.
Most Test wkts in debut calendar year:
54 T Alderman (1981)
49 C Ambrose (1988)
48 J BUMRAH (2018)
46 S Finn (2010)
44 R Tattersall (1951)
43 Ted McDonald (1921)
Incidentally, this is India's 150th Test win. They are the fifth team after Australia, England, West Indies and South Africa to do so.
As expected, Jasprit Bumrah is the Man of the Match.
Kohli was full of praise for his teammates. He singled out almost every single player and pointed out their contributions.
Virat Kohli takes a dig at Mark Waugh and Kerry O'Keeffe's comments in the post-match presentation.
Let us head to the post-match presentation.
In case you missed it, India beat Australia by 137 runs and take a 2-1 lead.
Century from Cheteshwar Pujara, all-round show from Pat Cummins, Bumrah's fiery spell.
Who should get the Man of the Match award?
Kohli leads the team around the ground to thank the fans for their support. They have been fantastic on all five days. This will be a memory to cherish for every Indian fan who were at the MCG.
The Australian team led by their co-captain Archie is out to congratulate the Indian team for the win as players from both the teams shake each other's hands.
Most wins for India outside Asia in a calendar year in Tests:
4 - 2018*
3 - 1968
Though there were a few hiccups here and there, mainly because of the rain and Pat Cummins, the Indian bowlers were simply phenomenal in the second innings. Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja were the pick of the Indian bowlers with three wickets each while Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami picked up two wickets.
Coming back to the final wicket, Ishant Sharma bowls a short ball and Lyon goes for a pull just to top edge it straight to Rishabh Pant to finish off the game.
India took just 4.3 overs on day 5 to seal the game for India after rain threatened to cost India the match in the morning session.
89.2 Ishant Sharma to Nathan Lyon. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, to silly mid on for no runs, fielded by Shami.
89.1 Ishant Sharma to Nathan Lyon. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, bottom edge to short leg for no runs, fielded by Agarwal.
With Cummins gone, the number of centuries scored in 2018:
Virat Kohli: 5
AUS: 261/9(RR 2.93)
. W . . . .
88.6 Jasprit Bumrah to Josh Hazlewood. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Bumrah.
88.5 Jasprit Bumrah to Josh Hazlewood. Short, outside off stump ducked, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Pant.
88.4 Jasprit Bumrah to Josh Hazlewood. Yorker, middle stump on the front foot defending, to point for no runs, fielded by Vihari.
88.3 Jasprit Bumrah to Josh Hazlewood. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot defending, to short leg for no runs, fielded by Agarwal.
Josh Hazlewood is the new man in and Bumrah goes around the wicket straightaway.
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 05:00 AM IST
Australia v India Test Series 2018/19
India won the toss and elected to bat.
Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould
AUSTRALIA's PLAYING 11
INDIA's PLAYING 11