AUS vs IND 2nd Test Match: After the fiasco that was the 1st test match of the Border-Gavaskar series for the Indian team. The visitors were looking back to getting back to winning ways. And if the results at Melbourne are anything to go by, they have achieved that very task. With the shadow of 36 looming large over the star-studded Indian batting line-up. Virat Kohli’s side now led by Ajinkya Rahane had a point to prove, and boy did they come out all guns blazing.
AUS vs IND: Australia 1st Innings
The first innings opened up with Australia coming into bat on what has been regarded as an unusual MCG pitch. The disciplined Indian bowling lineup was quick to pounce into the attack by drawing first blood with the wicket of opener Joe Burns in the 4th over. This was quickly followed with the wicket of the other opener Matthew Wade in the 12th over. The two openers were thus bundled out for 35 runs. The departure of the opening pair was quickly followed up by a slew of wickets including that of Steve Smith, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne. The fall of wickets didn’t stop and eventually the Aussies ended up finishing their first innings at 195 runs in 72.3 overs.
The Indian bowlers on the other hand had done a commendable job with Bumrah picking up 4 wickets. Ashwin picking up 3, Siraj picking up a couple and Jadeja taking 1 wicket.
AUS vs IND 2nd Test: India 1st Innings
The Indian batting lineup seemed to be in trouble for a brief time when opener Mayank Agarwal was dismissed in the very first over for a duck. This was quickly followed up with the wickets of Shubham Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara. However, it was at this juncture that the new skipper Rahane took it upon himself to anchor the innings. Deftly rotating the strike, the Indian captain scored a steady 112, supported by a 57 from Jadeja to post a respectable 326 runs on board for the Indian team.
The Australian bowlers, while getting a good start with an early wicket. Eventually failed to dominate the Melbourne pitch like they had done at Adelaide. Starc and Lyon picked up 3 wickets each, Cummins picked up a couple and Hazlewood a single wicket.
AUS vs IND 2nd Innings
Trailing by 131 runs, the Australian innings opened disastrously with Burns being dismissed in the 3rd over. While Matthew Wade at the top and Cameron in the middle did try to bring some stability to the lineup. The Indian bowlers slowly chipped away by regularly taking wickets. The Indian fielding was top-notch and restricted the flow of runs thereby choking the batsmen and mounting pressure on them. So complete was the domination of the Indian side during fielding that Australia were bundled out for 200. With Cameron Green at 45 being the highest scorer for Australia.
The Indian bowling side performed consistently well with Siraj picking up 3 wickets. Ashwin, Jadeja, and Bumrah picking up 2 each, and Umesh Yadav picking up one.
The Indian side had to chase down a paltry 70 odd runs to win the match. Therefore, they did not hesitate to finish off quickly, wrapping the match up in 16 overs.
The fact that Australia was not in the best of places mentally was pretty evident throughout the match. They struggled with the bat and the fielding. If the Indians dropped catches at Adelaide, it was the Australian side’s turn to exhibit shoddy fielding at the MCG. Therefore, at the end of the day, it all boiled down to Rahane, the captain in the middle of things. Having faced flak for his batting in the first test. The man was here to make good off his name, and he sure lived up to it. Whether contributing with the bat or charting strategies, the Indian captain was in the thick of things and the result paid off.
Going into the AUS vs IND third test, it would be interesting to see how the Australian side recovers from their recent defeat. There are a few changes to be expected in both the teams with Warner being expected to return to the side. Concurrently, Umesh Yadav’s injury is bound to add to India’s bowling woes. However, the return of Rohit Sharma could lend stability to the Indian top-order that has been anything but impressive. Whatever the case, the third match of the AUS vs IND Border-Gavaskar series is sure to go down to the wire and the fans are in for a treat.