IND vs AUS: Jasprit Bumrah celebrates a dismissal during the second Test match.© AFP
India defeated Australia by eight wickets to win the second Test match on Day 4 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to square the four-match series. Youngster Shubman Gill once again showed his class in the second innings with a fine batting display. He registered an unbeaten knock of 35 runs from 36 balls to help his side get the much-needed victory. Gill’s knock also consisted of seven fours. Earlier on Day 4, the visitors bowled out the Australians for 200, with the hosts setting a paltry target of 70 runs. Despite losing two early wickets of Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara, stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane made sure that there wasn’t a repeat of the Adelaide collapse, and helped Gill wrap up the proceedings with ease. Test debutant Mohammed Siraj was the star bowler for India in the second Test, registering a total of five dismissals. With both sides level at 1-1, the third Test match begins on January 7 and is scheduled to be held in the Sydney Cricket Ground. But a rise in coronavirus cases in Sydney could see a change in venue for the third Test. (SCORECARD)
2nd Test, Day 4 Highlights Between Australia (AUS) vs India (IND), Straight From Melbourne Cricket Ground
One run, and India level the series at 1-1!
Lyon sent a lofted delivery. Rahane slaps it past short fine leg for a single, and credit goes to the misfielding!
The series is level now at 1-1, with the third Test of the four-match series, starting from January 7!
Three runs, scores are level!
Labuschagne sends a full delivery, outside off. Rahane drives it through the gap at cover. It was going to be a boundary but was stopped at the last moment. Three runs. India need one more run to win the match!
Labuschagne sends a full toss. Gull glances it wide of mid-on with his wrists for a four!
One run, India need nine runs!
Labuschagne sends a full and straight delivery. Rahane sweeps it past square leg for a single. India need nine runs now!
Hazlewood sends a length delivery. Gill goes early and pulls it in front of square for a four!
Hazlewood sends a full delivery. Rahane goes on the front foot and drives it through the covers for a four! WONDERFUL!
Hazlewood sends a short delivery, with width. Rahane cuts it past point for a four! EXQUISITE!
FOUR! India need 28 runs!
Cummins adds width to this delivery. Gill drives it well wide of gully, as it sneaks down to third man fence for a four!
India need 28 runs and are 42 for two.
Cummins sends a straighter delivery, in line. Gill sneaks it down to fine leg for a single!
Cummins sends a full delivery, with some width. Rahane drives it towards the boundary, but it doesn’t have enough power. Three runs.
One run, India need 37 runs
Rahane sneaks in this Starc delivery to square leg, and takes a single!
India need 37 runs and are 33 for two after 7 overs.
Starc sends a fuller delivery. Gill gets a nick and it goes between the slips and gully for a four!
Gill uses Starc’s pace. He opens the face of his bat, and smacks it through backward point for a four!
Rahane picks the length of Cummins’ delivery. He pulls it to the square leg boundary for a four!
OUT! Cheteshwar Pujara c Marnus Labuschagne b Pat Cummins 3 (4)
Cummins sends a full delivery. Pujara tries to drive it into the gully, but gets an edge. Green does the rest. Poor batting by the veteran!
A repeat of Adelaide for India?
In comes, Ajinkya Rahane.
One run, India need 51 runs
Starc sends a quick delivery. Pujara hits it behind point for a single. India need 51 runs!
OUT! Mayank Agarwal c Ti Paine b Mitchell Starc 5 (15)
Starc sends a quick swinging delivery. Mayanks holds his line but gets an edge. It goes to Paine, who does the rest!
In comes, Cheteshwar Pujara.
Cummins sends a fuller delivery. Mayank drives it through the gap at cover for two runs.
FOUR! DELICIOUS SHOT!
Gill attacks Starc! He smacks his delivery past mid-off for a delicious four! EXCELLENT!
Cummins overpitches his delivery, outside off in the slot. Gill cover dirves it wide of mid-off for a four! CLASSY SHOT!
One run, India need 68 runs!
Starc sends another quick delivery. Gill flicks it towards deep backward square leg for a single.
India need 68 runs.
One run, off the mark!
A quick delivery by Starc. Mayank glances it away down to fine leg for a single.
No run, a fiery delivery by Mitchell Starc
Starc sends a quick swinging delivery, and it hits Mayank on his thigh pad. He looks to be in pain but will continue.
Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill walk in to open the innings for India. Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc will bowl the first over for Australia.
OUT! Josh Hazlewood b Ravichandran Ashwin 10 (21)
Ashwin sends a good length delivery, at middle and leg stump line. Hazlewood leaves it, but it turns and hits the top of off stump. OUT!
Australia have been bowled out for 200, and lead by 69 runs. Its lunch time now!
No run, huge appeal for lbw!
Ashwin sends his carrom ball, at off stump on a good length. Starc tried to flick it, but it hits his knee. Umpire confirms there is no inside edge on it. Nothing on HotSpot. Its umpire’s call on hitting and Starc survives. India retain their review. Tracking showed that it clips the bails.
Ashwin sends a legbreak, and it short at off stump. Starc pulls it to long leg’s right for two runs.
Bumrah sends a full delivery, outside off. Hazlewood stays deep in his crease and drives it to mid-off’s right. Two runs.
Bumrah sends a good length delivery into the pads. Starc floats it past leg gully for a single.
Bumrah sends a yorker on Starc’s front toe. He slaps it down to fine leg for a single.
Bumrah sends a short delivery, into the ribs of Hazlewood. He defends it into the leg side and takes a single.
Siraj sends a short delivery at middle stump. Hazlewood sends it into the leg side. Siraj does the fielding and throws it at the non-striker’s end. At mid-on, Ashwin misses it completely. Five runs!
OUT!! Nathan Lyon c Rishabh Pant b Mohammed Siraj 3 (15)
Siraj sends a short delivery, and its quick. Lyon receives it at the height of his hips and gets a glove. Pant does the rest. Also, Siraj gets his fifth wicket in his Test debut. In comes, Josh Hazlewood.
Jadeja sends a short delivery. Starc goes on the backfoot, and sends it to Pujara’s left. Misfielding at midwicket and two runs.
One run, Australia lead by 52 runs
Siraj sends a full delivery, at the stumps. Starc works it away to long leg for a single.
Australia lead by 52 runs and are 183 for eight after 95 overs.
Ashwin sends a good length delivery, outside off. Lyon slaps it past slip with an open bat for a single!
OUT! Cameron Green c Ravindra Jadeja b Mohammed Siraj 45 (146)
Siraj sends a short length delivery. Green tries to attack it and he pulls it. It goes big, but not enough. Jadeja grabs it at midwicket. Australia have lost their last big fish now!
In comes, Nathan Lyon.
Siraj sends a full delivery on the middle stump. Green shuffles and then punches it past mid-on for a four!
Siraj sends a full delivery at middle stump. Starc hits it to mid on’s right for a single. Rahul stops it with a dive.
Jadeja sends a full delivery, at off stump. Green defends it with ease.
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