India thrashed Australia to win the boxing day test match by 137 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and secured an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series. India managed to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy no matter what the result of the fourth test match in Sydney maybe.
India’s victory was on the bedrock of the 443 runs it made in the first innings, top order batsman Pujara’s 106, Kohli’s 82 and Agarwal’s 76, made sure India put a big total in the first innings.
The Australian batting line up tumbled in front of the Indian bowling crew. Jasprit Bumrah picked 6 off the 10 wickets in the first innings, halting Australia’s runs catch up. Aussi’s finished their first innings at 151 runs all out, trailing India by 292 runs.
India casually went out to bat during the second innings, and later declared at 106. Australia needed to score an impossible 399 runs to win the test match, or survive two complete days to draw the match.
The Australian top order flooped yet again, and their hopes to survive failing every ball. Cummins and Shaun Marsh tried to fight, but crumbled ahead of Bumrah’s bowling attack.
India needed two wickets to win the test on the fifth day, after a washed out morning session. India won the game by 137 runs, and with this win they lead the 4 match test series.
Bumrah was declared man of the match after he took 9 off the 20 australian wickets in the two innings.