It’s the final day of the 3rd Test here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as Australia resumes on 8-258.
Pat Cummins (61) & Nathan Lyon (8) stayed on with one task needed to achieve today.
They need 141 more runs to win in the hope of winning the series next week,
On the other hand, India only needs two wickets left to win the 3rd Test & retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Rain did interrupt two hours of this morning session’s play which never materialized.
But the good news is that the rain stopped around midday local time.
The lunch break has already taken before the revised play resumed on 12.55 PM AEDT.
It took less than 30 minutes for India to split the Cummins & Lyon partnership when Jasprit Bumrah captured Cummins on 63.
Bumrah bowled well when he pitched up fuller and straight towards the off-stump target.
In return, he profited that spot when Pat Cummins only let the bat block the outside edge & carried straight to Cheteshwar Pujara at 1st slip.
It’s a bummer for Cummins who didn’t didn’t to continue to save Australia’s 2nd Innings run chase.
However, great job from this young man who performed very well in both bat & ball:
- 3 Wickets in the 1st Innings
- 6 Wickets in the 3rd Innings
- Scored 63 with the bat in the 4th Innings
After Cummins left, India only needs one wicket to win the 3rd Test & leave 2-1 up plus the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
And Ishant Sharma wrapped up the 3rd Test when he dismissed Nathan Lyon on seven.
Sharma pitched up short first before it swung straight as Lyon hooked it early & carried straight to Rishabh Pant’s gloves.
FINAL 4th Innings Score: Australia 261 & India win by 137 runs.
India leaves Melbourne 2-1 up as well as retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the first time in Australia.
Apart from their 150th Test win, India has achieved plenty of feats after winning the 3rd Test:
- 1st Time winning at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
- 2nd Time winning two test matches in a series on Australian soil since 1977-78
- Ishant Sharma now took the 6th most Test Wickets for India at 267 by surpassing Bishan Bedi.
The first captain to accomplish that feat is no other than their skipper Virat Kohli.
And the man of the match in the 3rd Test is Jasprit Bumrah who performed outstandingly on:
- 6-33 in 15.5 overs in the 2nd Innings
- 3-53 in 19 overs in the 4th Innings
- 9-86 overall
The fight of the trophy may be over.
But Australia’s hopes of winning the four-match Domain Tests isn’t over yet.
That’s if Australia secures a consolation win and deny India the series win.
If not, India will win this series for the first time in Australia.
India & Australia will head into Sydney for the fourth and final Test Match on Thursday.
For now, we hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Let’s bring on the Sydney Cricket Ground.