Australia Vs India LIVE SCORE (test)

Australia Vs India At Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, 26 December, 2020

26 December, 2020
Starts (IST)
Match Ended

195/10 (72.3 ov)

200/10 (103.1 ov)

2nd Test

326/10 (115.1 ov)

70/2 (15.5 ov)

India beat Australia by 8 wickets

Australia India
195/10 (72.3 ov) - R/R 2.69 326/10 (115.1 ov) - R/R 2.83
200/10 (103.1 ov) - R/R 1.94 70/2 (15.5 ov) - R/R 4.42

Match Ended

India beat Australia by 8 wickets

This Over
Batting Status R B 4s 6s
Shubman Gill not out 35 36 7 0
Ajinkya Rahane (C) not out 27 40 3 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Nathan Lyon 2.5 0 5 0
Current Partnership Last Wicket 19/2 (5.1)

51 (51) R/R: 4.78

Shubman Gill 24(24)

Cheteshwar Pujara 3(4) S.R (75)

c Cameron Green b Pat Cummins
India Vs Australia Highlights, Boxing Day Test at Melbourne, Day 1, Full Cricket Score: Gill, Pujara guide visitors to 36/1 at stumps

India Vs Australia Highlights, Boxing Day Test at Melbourne, Day 1, Full Cricket Score: Gill, Pujara guide visitors to 36/1 at stumps

Hazlewood continues. Horrible mix up between the two batters but luckily India didn’t suffer any damage. Gill leaves the second delivery which nipped back in, it wasn’t that far from the off stump. Just one run off the over. And that will be the end of the first day’s play in the Boxing Day Test. The Indian bowlers, especially Bumrah (4/56) and Ashwin (3/35), were clinical and did a fabulous job to restrict Australia to 195. Gill and Pujara will take heart from the fact that they saw off the Aussie pace attack. Gill, in particular, looked quite assuring for his 28 after being dropped.

12:39 (IST)

That's it from us today. But do join us tomorrow for the live coverage of Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test. Hope you enjoyed our coverage 

12:37 (IST)

IND 36/1 after 11 overs (Gill 28, Pujara 7)  

Hazlewood continues. Horrible mix up between the two batters but luckily India didn’t suffer any damage. Gill leaves the second delivery which nipped back in, it wasn’t that far from the off stump. Just one run off the over. And that will be the end of the first day’s play in the Boxing Day Test.

The Indian bowlers, especially Bumrah (4/56) and Ashwin (3/35), were clinical and did a fabulous job to restrict Australia to 195. Gill and Pujara will take heart from the fact that they saw off the Aussie pace attack. Gill, in particular, looked quite assuring for his 28 after being dropped.

12:30 (IST)

Milestone crossed!

12:29 (IST)

IND 35/1 after 10 overs (Gill 28, Pujara 6)  

Nathan Lyon, right-arm off break, comes into the attack. Gill uses his feet, reaches the pitch of the ball and drives the third ball down the ground for a boundary. Six runs off the over.

12:27 (IST)
four

FOUR! Gill uses his feet, reaches the pitch of the ball and drives it down the ground for a boundary.Top stroke this! 

12:24 (IST)

IND 29/1 after 9 overs (Gill 22, Pujara 6)  

Bowling change for Australia as Josh Hazlewood, the chief architect behind India’s rout at Adelaide, comes into the attack. Huge appeal for LBW against Pujara off the third delivery but the umpire turns it down. It was going down leg so good decision by the umpire. One run off the over, courtesy a no ball.

12:20 (IST)

IND 28/1 after 8 overs (Gill 22, Pujara 6)  

Cummins into his fourth over. Overpitches off the fourth and Gill plays a classy straight drive, collecting a triple in the process. Five runs off the over.

12:17 (IST)

IND 23/1 after 7 overs (Gill 19, Pujara 4)  

Starc continues. Starts off with three dots against Gill. The Punjab batsman pulls the fourth for a boundary towards deep mid-wicket. Starc strays on the pads off the last and Gill tickles it towards fine leg for another four. Eight runs off the over.

12:16 (IST)
four

FOUR! Starc strays on the pads and Gill tickles it towards fine leg.

12:14 (IST)
four

FOUR! It seemed like a half-hearted pull shot. But Gill did well to get on top of the bounce and it raced away towards deep mid-wicket.

Highlights

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India Vs Australia Highlights, Boxing Day Test at Melbourne, Day 1, Full Cricket Score: Gill, Pujara guide visitors to 36/1 at stumps

India vs Australia 2020 Live score and latest update of 2nd test at Melbourne: Hazlewood continues. Horrible mix up between the two batters but luckily India didn’t suffer any damage. Gill leaves the second delivery which nipped back in, it wasn’t that far from the off stump. Just one run off the over. And that will be the end of the first day’s play in the Boxing Day Test. The Indian bowlers, especially Bumrah (4/56) and Ashwin (3/35), were clinical and did a fabulous job to restrict Australia to 195. Gill and Pujara will take heart from the fact that they saw off the Aussie pace attack. Gill, in particular, looked quite assuring for his 28 after being dropped.

Preview: A few bruised egos will eye redemption when India square off against Australia in the second Test in Melbourne from Saturday, ready to bounce back in skipper Ajinkya Rahane's hour of reckoning after hitting the 'nadir of 36'.

Seldom has an Indian outfit been at such difficult crossroads in recent years as it is in the aftermath of the humiliating defeat in Adelaide and Virat Kohli's departure for the birth of his child.

But the good thing is that star-in-waiting, Shubman Gill, is ready to honour his team's leap of faith in him when he makes his Test debut at the imposing Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Likewise, young workhorse Mohammed Siraj will step in temporarily to fill the void created by crafty Mohammed Shami's injury and it will be about how Rahane, touted as a bowler's captain, handles him.

Ajinkya Rahane will be captaining India in the series in the absence of Virat Kohli. AFP

Ajinkya Rahane will be captaining India in the series in the absence of Virat Kohli. AFP

It's not about the defeat but the manner of capitulation which can come back to haunt a side that's not short on quality.

The next few days will be a test of real character and it's only fair that a strategic shift was on the cards.

A couple of forced and an equal number of tactical changes was always on cards for the visitors as they take on Tim Paine's confident men, spending Christmas without their families.

Gill's languid approach and that extra second while facing fast bowlers, coupled with a way tighter technique than Prithvi Shaw, might just give the dressing room the confidence required in testing times.

He will have the company of Mayank Agarwal, who would be wanting to do an encore, if not better, of his performance at a venue where he made his Test debut.

Similarly, Rishabh Pant, whose intent always provides way more assurance than a passive Wriddhiman Saha, is expected to play his fearless brand of cricket which is the need of the hour.

Pant was an instant hit during the last tour in 2018-19 but in the past year, had lost both form and confidence to surrender his place in the white-ball formats.

Amid the ruins, there lies a glimmer of hope as Ravindra Jadeja, who has recovered fully from his concussion and hamstring injury, will add a new dimension with his all-round abilities in a five-bowler set-up.

It is expected that Hanuma Vihari will be shunted up the batting order and the experienced KL Rahul might just have to patiently wait for his turn in the series.

The Australians aren't known to take any prisoners and an unchanged XI that is expected to play at the MCG will not take its foot off the pedal, skipper Tim Paine insisted.

"Well, we can't pay any attention to mental scars or whatever the thing they're talking about," Pain said on the eve of the match.

"We know India is a proud cricket country, an extremely talented Test match side with lots of dangerous players," he added.

While Kohli's absence can never be really compensated for, Rahane would like to show his character by promoting himself up the batting order and taking more responsibility.

Cheteshwar Pujara can play his natural doggedly defensive game but head coach Ravi Shastri might just tell him that there's no harm if the scoreboard is ticking as it will only lessen the pressure on a batting line-up that will miss Kohli way too much.

In the absence of Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav will have to be relentless and also guide a young Siraj, who is expected to feel a bit jittery.

Finally, the Indians would like to take that big front-foot stride forward while facing Pat Cumins and Josh Hazlewood not only physically but also figuratively.

Here's all you need to know about the second Test at Melbourne:

When is Australia vs India 2nd Test?

Australia vs India 2nd Test will begin on Saturday, 26 December 2020.

Where will Australia vs India 2nd Test be played?

Australia vs India 2nd Test will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

What time does Australia vs India 2nd Test begin?

Australia vs India 2nd Test will begin at 5 AM IST. The toss will take place at 4.30 AM IST.

Which TV channels will broadcast Australia vs India 2nd Test?

Australia vs India 2nd Test will be telecast on the Sony Pictures Sports Network. The match will also be live-streamed on SonyLIV. You can also catch the live updates on Firstpost.com.

Teams:

Australia XI: Tim Paine (captain and wk), Joe Burns, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Josh Jazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.

India XI: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: December 26, 2020 12:44:34 IST

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