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India bounced back in the series in some style as they beat Australia by eight wickets to win the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Australia resumed the Day 4’s play at 133/6 and added 67 runs to their score before being bowled out. India, who limited Australia’s lead to 69 runs, then chased down the target in 15.5 overs to win the game with a day to spare.
Earlier, the overnight Australian batsmen Cameron Green and Pat Cummins put up a solid fight, denying India any early wicket.
However, Jasprit Bumrah, with a sharp bouncer, broke Green-Cummins’ 57-run stand, which lasted for close to 35 overs, soon after India took the new ball.
While Green and Mitchell Starc added 21 runs together, India picked their second wicket of the day after Mohammed Siraj ended Green’s 45-run vigil. The debutant then picked up his fifth wicket of the match as he had Nathan Lyon caught behind the wickets.
With Australia 9 down, the first session was extended by 30 minutes and R Ashwin made sure India did not have to bowl after lunch as Josh Hazlewood got out to limit Australia’s lead to 69 runs.
While Siraj picked three wickets, R Ashwin, Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja picked two wickets each in addition to Umesh Yadav’s one wicket as India bowled out Australia for 200.
With India needing 70 runs to win, Gill made a positive start, creaming two beautiful fours in the first four overs.
While Australia claimed two wickets as Starc and Cummins dismissed Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara respectively, Ajinkya Rahane, who walked out to bat in the sixth over, made his intentions clear with a crunching pull shot on the second ball he faced.
In the next over, Gill added two more fours to his account before Rahane’s twin boundaries took India past the fifty-run mark in the 11th over.
The pair made sure India did not lose any more wickets, putting up an unbeaten 51-run stand, to take the team home. While Gill remained not out on 35, Rahane scored 27*.
Brief Scores: India 326 all out and 70/2 (Shubman Gill 35*, Ajinkya Rahane 27*, Mitchell Starc 1/20) beat Australia 195 all out and 200 all out (Cameron Green 45, Matthew Wade 40; Mohammed Siraj 3/37) by eight wickets