This is the first success because of their win at Durban against South Africa in March this year and their first as the saga that rocked Cricket Australia of Australia. It is also the very first Test win for skipper Tim Paine.
India and Australia will now walk in the Boxing Day Test at MCG using the series leveled at 1-1. Nathan Lyon, who picked up 8 wickets including a fifer in the first innings, in the Test, was declared the man of the game because of his performance. Speaking at the post-match service, the leggie stated: “It is great to play a role in a success, have not had one in a while. Because of everyone. Cannot wait to sing the tune. It’s fair to say we’ve been so fantastic to break. Was unique to wrap the tail up quickly.” Australia had scored 326 from the first innings after winning the toss and electing to bat. Skipper Virat Kohli scored a ton while a fifty was scored by Ajinkya Rahane to take India closer to the mark. But apart from both batsmen, the remainder of the failed to send and India fell short by 43 runs.
In the second innings, Mohammed Shami impressed with the ball as he picked up six wickets with Australia going from 192/4 to 243 all out. But desiring 287 runs to win, as they were bundled out for 140, the batsmen neglected to put runs on the board. Since they defeated India by 146 runs in the 2nd Test at Perth, Australia on Tuesday enrolled their first Test victory. Allowing five wickets to win the last afternoon and 175 runs to shield, seamers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins picked up dismissing Hanuma Vihari two wickets each and Umesh Yadav, and Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, respectively. With Peter Handscomb carrying a blinder at short midwicket and Nathan Lyon dismissed Rishabh Pant for 30. India could score 29 runs.
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