India thrashed Australia by 137 runs to win the Boxing day test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and secure an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series on Sunday.
Rain washed out the morning session and Australia resumed post lunch session on 258 for eight, with Pat Cummins batting on 61. However he managed to add only two more runs to his overnight score before being caught at slip by Cheteshwar Pujara off Jasprit Bumrah.
Nathan Lyon, who had shared a defiant 46 run stand for the ninth wicket with Cummins, fell to Ishant Sharma for seven runs, thereby securing an emphatic win for the visiting side. This was Team India’s first ever Test win at the MCG since 1981.
Spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3-82) and Bumrah (3-53) claimed three wickets each for India. Bumrah was declared the player of the match as he claimed 9 wickets in the match.
Indian captain Kohli now has four wins in SENA ( South Africa, New Zealand, England, Australia) countries, which is the most by any captain, going past former Indian captain MS Dhoni and Pataudi.
Dashing 21 year old wicket keeper batsman Rishabh Pant surpassed the great Syed Kirmani and Naren Tamhane’s record of most catches by an Indian in a Test series.
The fourth Test match will be played in Sydney on Thursday and India would be hoping to win a test series in Australia for the first time.