India defeated Australia by 137 runs on the final day of the third Test match in Melbourne having restricted them to 258 for 8 at the end of day four on Saturday.
Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja claimed three wickets each as India registered an emphatic 137-run win in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series Down Under.
Fast bowler Ishant Sharma (2/71) claimed the final wicket of the day in Nathan Lyon (7) to wrap Australia for 261 runs in a tough chase of 399 runs. Mohammed Shami also contributed with two wickets but didn’t bowl a single over on the rain-delayed Day 5 at the MCG. Earlier, the morning session was washed out due to rain. All-rounder Pat Cummins waged a lone battle with a 114-ball 63 after the home team’s collapse in successive innings of the Test match. Pat Cummins scored a gritty half-century on Saturday to keep Australia alive on the penultimate day of the Test. The visitors got extra 30 minutes to bundle out the Australian team but failed to dismiss the tail-enders. Cummins was on 61 (not out) and Nathan Lyon unbeaten on six as Australia ended the Day 4 at 258/8, 141 runs away from win. Skipper Virat Kohli has declared India’s second innings at 106 for eight, leaving Australia to chase a record fourth innings total of 399 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
India currently have a 2-1 lead in the four-match series and will be looking to ensure a similar performance in the final Test at Sydney.