Australia Vs India LIVE SCORE (test)

Australia Vs India At Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, 26 December, 2018

26 December, 2018
Starts (IST)
Match Ended

443/7 (169.4 ov)

106/8 (37.3 ov)

3rd Test

151/10 (66.5 ov)

261/10 (89.3 ov)

India beat Australia by 137 runs

India Australia
443/7 (169.4 ov) - R/R 2.61 151/10 (66.5 ov) - R/R 2.25
106/8 (37.3 ov) - R/R 2.82 261/10 (89.3 ov) - R/R 2.91

Match Ended

India beat Australia by 137 runs

This Over
0
0
0(W)
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Josh Hazlewood not out 0 4 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Current Partnership Last Wicket 261/10 (89.3)

0 (0) R/R: 0

Nathan Lyon 7(50) S.R (14)

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

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

08:20 (IST)

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! 

08:16 (IST)

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

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

08:16 (IST)
08:11 (IST)

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."

08:07 (IST)

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. 

08:05 (IST)

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. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

08:05 (IST)
08:04 (IST)

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.

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

08:04 (IST)
08:03 (IST)

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."

08:01 (IST)

Most overseas Test wins for Indian captains:

11 - VIRAT KOHLI*

11 - Sourav Ganguly

6 - MS Dhoni

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

08:01 (IST)
07:59 (IST)

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

07:59 (IST)
07:56 (IST)

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

4 - 2018*

3 - 1968

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

07:56 (IST)

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: December 30, 2018 08:44:32 IST

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