It took India only 27 balls to wrap up the Australian innings and take an unassailable 2–1 series lead in the grueling Boxing Day Test played in the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Having been feared of rain playing the spoil-sport into the day’s game, play was initially thought to resume at the normal time. However, just when the game was supposed to start, a slight drizzle delayed the game by 30 mins. Thereon, further rain delayed the game which resulted in lunch being preponed.
The play resumed after lunch as last day’s hero Pat Cummins faced Ishant Sharma for the first delivery of the day. Since 11 overs were lost due to rain, India had just 71 overs to decimate the Australian tail-enders and register their first Boxing Day Test win in Australia.
Nathan Lyon along with Cummins negated the early threats as they played down the first three overs watchfully and carefully. However, Jasprit Bumrah got the better of Cummins, as he forced the batsmen to drive which resulted in him edging the ball into the safe hands of Cheteshwar Pujara, who was stationed at first slips. Josh Hazlewood was the last man in, however, after the dismissal of Cummins, hopes for an Australian resistance was all but over.
In the very next over, Ishant Sharma had Lyon caught behind the wicket to Rishabh Pant, thus handing to the Indians their 150th Test Victory and their very first in the Boxing Day Test Match played in Australia. Jasprit Bumrah, for his match-winning figures of 9/86 was chosen to be the player of the match.
It is now to be seen that can India continue their winning momentum and end up dominating the SCG test as well, or will the Aussies claw back and draw the series. What are your thoughts?