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Highlights, India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 5 in Melbourne: Visitors win by 137 runs; take 2-1 series lead

Date: Sunday, 30 December, 2018 08:20 IST Match Status: Match Ended
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne

Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2018/19 3rd Test Match Result India beat Australia by 137 runs

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Rohit Sharma not out 63 114 5 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mitchell Starc 28 7 87 2
Josh Hazlewood 31.4 10 86 1
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Mitchell Starc not out 7 13 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Ishant Sharma 13 2 41 1
Jasprit Bumrah 15.5 4 33 6
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Mohammed Shami not out 0 3 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mitchell Starc 3 1 11 0
Josh Hazlewood 10.3 3 22 2
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Josh Hazlewood not out 0 4 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Ishant Sharma 14.3 1 40 2
Jasprit Bumrah 19 3 53 3
  • That brings us to the end of the third Test between India and Australia, with Virat Kohli and company ending a memorable 2018 with a well-deserved 137-run win at Melbourne to secure the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. 

    The action shifts east as the two teams head to Sydney for the New Year's Test. India, at the moment, are on the verge of registering their first-ever Test series win Down Under, and expect skipper Virat Kohli to keep his team motivated till the final delivery of the series is bowled.

    For now, it's time for us to bid you all goodbye! Wish you all a happy new year! 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Indian pacers ending the calendar year as a leading wicket-taker in international cricket: (75-plus wickets)

    Kapil Dev (76), 1979

    Kapil Dev (100), 1983

    Zaheer Khan (81), 2007

    Jasprit Bumrah (78), 2018*

    Most defeats for Australia at home in international cricket in a calendar year:

    12 - 1985

    10 - 1979

    10 - 2018*

    9 -1984

    Most dismissals for an Indian wicket-keeper in a Test series:

    20 - RISHABH PANT v Australia, 2018/19*

    19 - Naren Tamhane v Pakistan, 1954/55

    19 - Syed Kirmani v Pakistan, 1979/80

  • Jasprit Bumrah, Man of the Match: "To play Test cricket is a great feeling, be it Boxing Day or any other day. I always focus on consistency. When you have so many options, you may get confused. Someday you get wickets, someday somebody else will, but I don't think about those. We bowled a lot, but I don't mind, because this is why we train. We bowl a lot in Ranji Trophy cricket, and it pays off. When I made my ODI debut, I always just wanted to play Test cricket."

  • Virat Kohli, India captain: We're not going to stop here. This has given us more confidence to go to Sydney and play positive cricket. We've retained the trophy, but job not done. That's the mindset we're playing with since we started in South Africa. When you win, no point being complacement. (On not enforcing follow-on) Good thing I don't read any comments. What matters is what we think inside the dressing room. We always wanted to bat (After bowling Australia out for 151). Pitch was going to get tougher and tougher. Credit has to go to our bowlers. They've apparently broken a record for three fast bowlers (most wickets in a year), something they can be proud of. Almost criminal for him to not have collected wickets at Perth. I feel proud as a captain to see these guys bowl in partnership. That's why they're so special together. Our first-class cricket is amazing. That's the skill level you see here. Credit has to go to the first-class cricket back home. Bowlers vouch for that as well. Amazing. Agarwal showed great character on Day 1 of a Boxing Day test. Pujara is always so composed. No one is looking for a milestone here. It's all about taking pride in the goals. We feel really balanced at the moment. I can't answer at the moment. You had to play good cricket to be in this position right now, but we can't get distracted right now. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    What a win for India. They did everything right, from selection to reading conditions, and then putting on a batting masterclass. Pujara's runs have been vital for India to take the next step and win, as Kohli's runs alone weren't doing it for the team. In a way he turned a corner in Nottingham. But the real star for Indian Test cricket in 2018 is Jasprit Bumrah, finishing with 48 wickets after debut in January. What a bowler he is, and a staggering addition to an already potent bowling attack. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    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.

  • Tim Paine, Australia captain: "We made some strides forward in Perth, but this was disappointing. We're playing against some of the best bowlers, and we need to find positives before Sydney. Another huge challenge coming up. We had little discussions about the batting order, but conditions in Sydney will be different, so we'll decide on the best formula. The pitch was a good one, although some said it's a 'bad wicket'. I was glad I didn't win the toss, because I wanted to bowl anyway. Would've looked disastrous. Cummins has been superb all series. The quality was always there, but the Australian public can see his effort. We just need a few more guys to jump in with him. It's been a difficult year, but the silver lining is that we'll have some world-class players available for selection in a few months. And we'll see the benefits of what happened this year over the next few."

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most overseas Test wins for Indian captains:

    11 - VIRAT KOHLI*

    11 - Sourav Ganguly

    6 - MS Dhoni

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    India's four Test away wins in 2018

    v South Africa, Johannesburg

    v England, Trent Bridge

    v Australia, Adelaide

    v Australia, Melbourne

    And Cheteshwar Pujara scored 50-plus runs in each of the four Tests.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most wins for India outside Asia in a calendar year in Tests:

    4 - 2018*

    3 - 1968

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    India winning atleast two Tests in a series played in SENA countries:

    In New Zealand, 1967/68

    In Australia, 1977/78

    In England, 1986

    In Australia, 2018/19

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most Test wins for Indian captains in SENA countries:

    4 - Virat Kohli*

    3 - MS Dhoni

    3 - MAK Pataudi​

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    23 minutes. 26 balls. And India lead by 2-1. 137-run win in the third Test to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy! 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Jasprit Bumrah becomes the first Indian pacer to take more than eight wickets in a Test match in Australia.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Jasprit Bumrah is now the leading wicket-taker in international cricket in 2018, going past Kagiso Rabada’s tally of 77 wickets. 

  • After 89.3 overs,Australia 261/10 ( Josh Hazlewood 0 , )

    OUT! India win by 137 runs and retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy! Lead the series 2-1!

    Lyon nicks an Ishant bouncer to Pant behind the stumps, and the visitors take just 23 minutes to wrap the match up, and register their 150th Test victory! 

    Lyon c Pant b Ishant 7(50)

  • After 89 overs,Australia 261/9 ( Nathan Lyon 7 , Josh Hazlewood 0)

    Bumrah finally removes the dangerman Cummins, getting him to nick it to Pujara in the slips to depart after an outstanding innings of 63. Hazlewood walks out to bat, and defends the first delivery. Blocks a sharp yorker next ball. Bouncer off the fifth delivery. Dot off the last ball. Wicket maiden for Bumrah, who now has the best match figures for an Indian bowler on Australian soil. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    Edged and taken at first slip. Standing ovation for Cummins' effort but India are now 1 wicket away from 2-1. Bumrah the man. 

  • OUT! Bumrah gets Cummins! That is the wicket that the Indians had been looking for since yesterday! The ball moves away from the Australian No 8 a touch, getting his outside edge, and Pujara laps up the chance in the slips. Wicket number three for JB. AUS 261/9

    Cummins c Pujara b Bumrah 63(114)

  • After 88 overs,Australia 261/8 ( Pat Cummins 63 , Nathan Lyon 7)

    Back-to-back maidens for India as Nathan Lyon remains resolute in his defence. The current Aussie pair will look to stretch the Indian bowlers for as long as they can, while hoping for the clouds to return. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    Quite a few plays and misses, but no edge so far. Not a lot of Australian fans today in, by the way. Rainy Sundays are good to sleep in. 

  • After 87 overs,Australia 261/8 ( Pat Cummins 63 , Nathan Lyon 7)

    Bumrah starts off with a short ball to Cummins, and beats his outside edge off the next delivery as the latter looks for a drive. Bumrah starts his day off with a maiden. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    Australia survive the first over. Nathan Lyon said yesterday they will fight like crazy and enjoy doing it. This could be an epic however long time it is. India will be calm at the moment though. 

  • Jasprit Bumrah from the other end. 

  • After 86 overs,Australia 261/8 ( Pat Cummins 63 , Nathan Lyon 7)

    Cummins collects a single off the first delivery of the day, guiding the ball past gully. The ground staff are seen charging out to the centre after a couple of deliveries, with Ishant asking for some sawdust to be placed along his run up. Lyon takes a single off the fourth delivery. Appeal for caught-behind against Lyon off the fifth, turned down by the umpire. Cummins keeps the strike with a single off the last ball. Three off the over. 

  • And we finally have play on the fifth day, with Lyon and Cummins walking out to the centre. Ishant Sharma has the ball in hand, and the Indians will be looking to get the remaining wickets as quickly as possible, given that the heavens might open up at any given point today. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    We are all clear for a restart here. Covers are off. Stumps back in. Just waiting for lunch to get over. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    Rain has stopped. But early lunch taken. 11 overs have been lost for the day. Minimum 71 overs to be bowled today. Covers starting to come off.. 

  • And so an early lunch has been taken, which means play will start at 7.25 am IST unless there are any further rain delays. While rain has subsided for now, and the covers have been taken off, the weather has been unpredictable so far today, and it's impossible to predict anything given how the day has progressed so far. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    Early lunch will be taken at 12.15pm local time. That means we won't have play before 1pm local time. It's still raining, by the way. 

  • Nathan Lyon backs under-fire Aussie batsmen, says success is around the corner for them

    The Australian batting unit might be struggling right now, especially after the top-order's struggles at Melbourne, but Nathan Lyon (who incidentally has the best batting average this series) believes that they are a couple of matches away from piling on big scores. 

    Full story here

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    Still raining. Water on covers now. This will take time to clean up. The last thing we want is a draw but Cummins will back himself to take this to a new level. 

  • Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid has lavished praise on the current team's bowling unit after their heroics at Melbourne, adding that he is confident of the Indian bowlers taking 20 wickets in every Test match. 

    Full story here

  • In the three Boxing Day Tests that had been taking place, the one between South Africa and Pakistan at Centurion was the earliest to finish, with the Proteas sailing home with four wickets to spare after being set a 148-run target. 

    Turja Sen writes on the abundance of talent in the South African ranks as far as their pace bowling unit is concerned, and how it played a key role in shaping South Africa's victory. Read the full article here

  • Cameron Bancroft, the man who had been caught on cameras trying to scuff the ball up with sandpaper during the Cape Town Test against South Africa earlier this year, has served the full length of his ban and has been added to the Perth Scorchers squad in the Big Bash League.

    Read the full report here

  • Well that's some wait. 

  • As you wait (might I add anxiously, if you're an Indian fan) for play to start on the final day of the fifth Test, take a look at some of the most memorable knocks of the year, compiled by Rohit Sankar. 

  • Meanwhile, New Zealand were able to polish the Sri Lankan tail off in no time on the final day of the second Test at Christchurch to register a record 423-run victory, and win the two-Test series 1-0. Read the full report here

    The Indian pacers, sitting in the dressing room at the moment thanks to the delayed start, will hope to do the same. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    And just as I typed that.... heavy rain! 

    Play NOT starting at 11am. This will be a long delay. Pouring now! 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    And off again. Stumps back in. That sort of a day... sigh. We are still on for 11am start. In four minutes. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    7 minutes before play starts... more rain and covers back on. Players back inside. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    Play to start at 11am local time. 5.30am IST if there is no more rain. Official from umpires. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    Stumps placed in the pitch. Indian team warming up. Start of play is imminent. Awaiting confirmation of start time. 

  • Gaurav Joshi previews the final day of the third Test between India and Australia with cricket journalist Anand Vasu outside the MCG, while assessing the damp conditions which has resulted in a delayed start.

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    Umpires out for a walk. We might have a start time soon. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    Loud cheer as umbrellas are down and covers are coming off. We might be 30 minutes away from play if this stays so. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    So the big covers have come off again. I am told that's the fourth or fifth time since 9am already. That sort of weather. But again. Expected to clear around noon as per weather forecast. India don't need to start worrying just yet. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    Groundsmen bringing on more covers... because it has just got heavier. This will be a lengthy delay. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

    Day 5... quite a muggy start. Lots of rain overnight... AND rain has delayed start of play today. 

    But clearance expected around 12 noon so India will have a few overs to wrap this up! 

India vs Australia, Live Score, Latest Updates, 3rd Test: Ishant snuffs Lyon out with a bouncer off the third delivery of the over as Australia are bowled out for 261, with the second session lasting just 23 minutes in all.

India register their 150th Test victory in the process, and in context of the current series, retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by gaining an unassailable 2-1 series lead.

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Report, Day 4: India moved within two wickets of an emphatic victory in the third test after reducing Australia to 258 for eight at the close of day four on Saturday as the home side’s batsmen suffered a familiar spate of failures.

Having set a daunting victory target of 399 shortly before lunch, Virat Kohli’s team attacked with precision and intensity to leave Australia on life support at the end of a muggy and overcast day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The lion-hearted Pat Cummins thwarted India’s hopes of closing out the win with a day to spare, anchoring some stubborn tail-end resistance after the top order crumbled.

The seamer was 61 not out, a personal best, with Nathan Lyon on six, and Australia still 141 runs short of victory.

Virat Kohli and Tim Paine, captain of the Indian and Australian teams respectively. AP

Virat Kohli and Tim Paine, captain of the Indian and Australian teams respectively. AP

Some rain is forecast on day five, but after dominating with bat and ball, the tourists will almost certainly head to the Sydney finale with a 2-1 series lead and a genuine belief they can become the first Indian team to win a series Down Under.

“Obviously we wanted to finish it today but our bowlers will get enough breaks and hopefully finish it off tomorrow in the first hour,” said India number three Cheteshwar Pujara, whose 106 in the first innings was his second century of the series.

“We have a very good chance of winning the series and the last test match will be crucial for us. But first things first, we will look to finish the job early tomorrow.”

On a grim day for Australian cricket, Cummins was the only shining light, impressing with the bat after registering career-best figures of 6-27 before Kohli declared India’s second innings at 106-8 in the morning.

However, the paceman’s heroics will likely be consigned to a foot-note, squandered as they were by the specialist batsmen that came before him.

Where straight bats were required to provide a platform of resistance, Aaron Finch got his team off to the worst possible start by throwing away his wicket for three with an unsightly cut shot off Jasprit Bumrah that was gobbled in the slips.

Recalled all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was similarly wasteful, slogging spinner Ravindra Jadeja straight to Kohli at short cover to be out for 10.

Having done the hard work to get set in his innings, Travis Head (34) fell on his sword after tea by dragging Ishant Sharma onto his stumps with a dubious drive away from his body.

Despite assistance from Australia’s poor shot selection, India produced moments of brilliance to remove their more assured batsmen.

Mohammed Shami dismissed Usman Khawaja lbw for 33 shortly after lunch with a peach of a delivery, before Bumrah trapped Shaun Marsh for 44 with a searing ball.

The wily Jadeja proved a constant menace, and induced an edge off Marcus Harris (13) that lodged in Mayank Agarwal’s mid-riff.

The left-arm spinner later returned to dismiss wicketkeeper-captain Tim Paine for 26, leaving Australia to rely on their tail and a miracle to stave off defeat.

“Now our backs are up against the wall, and Pat and I and Josh (Hazlewood) are going to come out tomorrow and we’re going to have to fight,” Lyon added.

“We’ve got to show a lot of pride and go out there and fight our backsides off and show how much it means to wear the baggy green cap.”

With inputs from Reuters

Updated Date: Dec 30, 2018

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