Aus vs Ind, 2nd Test: India school hosts, level series 1-1

Ajinkya Rahane led India to a series-leveling win on Tuesday, after beating Australia in the 2nd Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground by 8 wickets. India dominated the hosts in every department of the game, hence heavily outclassing them to bury Adelaide’s howler in the past. A clinical chase from the visitors saw them achieve the target of 70 runs within 15.5 overs on Day 4.

Coming out to bat on Day 4, Cameron Green and Pat Cummins stitched a 57 runs partnership off 213 balls and were poised to stretch it further. However, Jasprit Bumrah’s short ball was too hot to handle for Cummins (22) as the latter gloved it to Mayank Agarwal in the 2nd slip. Green was picking up occasional boundaries and started to frustrate India, as Australia hoped to bat past lunch. But a short of a length ball from Md Siraj, was pulled by Green straight to Jadeja at midwicket. Thus, Australia’s last recognised batsman was sent packing on a gutsy 45. It didn’t take long after that for Ashwin and Siraj to wrap up the hosts’ second innings. India needed 70 runs to win after lunch.

Coming out to bat, India lost Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession with 51 to get. Shubman Gill and captain Rahane took on the bowlers to finish the job in style. Gill remained unbeaten on a breezy 35 and Rahane on 27.

Rahane was adjudged Man of the Match and he commented after the match, “Really proud of all the players. Played really well. Want to give credit to the debutants Siraj and Gill, the character they showed after the Adelaide loss was great to see. Character was important for us, especially after losing Umesh in the second innings. That (five-bowler plan) worked well for us nicely. We were thinking of having an all-rounder and Jadeja has been brilliant for us.”

“Shubman, we all know his First-class career and, in this game, he has shown the intent to play shots at this level. Has shown composure. Siraj has shown that he can bowl with discipline. It’s really difficult for debutants to bowl with discipline but that’s where I think the First-class experience comes in handy. The talk was all about showing the attitude and intent on the field.”

“As I said, character. Adelaide was about one hour that took the game away from us. Lots to learn for even now. Australia applied themselves with their last five wickets. Umesh is recovering well, management and medical staff will take the call. We’re excited about Rohit coming back. Spoke to him yesterday, he’s waiting to join the team.”