India 2 wickets away from MCG test victory

India 2 wickets away from MCG test victory

India 2 wickets away from MCG test victory

Jasprit Bumrah, enjoying the most productive Test in Australia by an Indian paceman, continued to create carnage as the tourists powered towards a 2-1 series lead at the MCG.

The first session was washed out by rain with India needing two wickets to script a historic win at MCG.

Australia squad: Tim Paine (capt), Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc.

"The silver lining is that we do have world-class players that are available soon to come back into this side, and clearly, when they do, they will make a huge difference".

In fact, Kohli would have been anxious when rain did not allow a single delivery to be bowled in the first session of the fifth day.

The Indian cricket team bid adieu to 2018 on a memorable note, delivering a Test triumph in Melbourne after 37 years on Sunday to be one step away from a historic maiden Test series victory against Australia in their den. "I was mentioning the runs Agarwal got in first-class cricket in India and there's been a reaction. I think if you took Pujara and Virat out of India's side I think you'd have the same conversation", Paine said in Melbourne.

India have lost all 11 previous Test series in Australia, a barren stretch dating back to when they were crushed by Don Bradman's side in 1948.

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"Everyone is working as hard as they possibly can and we're getting guys who are getting experience of high-pressure situations in Test cricket and learning on the job".

In Melbourne, helped by a slew of partnerships, India first batted the host out of the contest before Bumrah and company blurred its scant hopes of a comeback in the slipstream of their own speed.

"I think they've just made a decision to take the weather out of consideration", Harsha Bhogle told Fox Cricket as Pujara came to the crease after the fall of the first wicket, with India not appearing to be chasing quick runs.

Cape Town Test in March earlier this year witnessed one of the worst incidents in the Australian cricket history. The fast bowler returned with match figures of 9/86 and became the India's most successful debut bowler in a calendar year with 48 scalps. I always focus on consistency. Skipper Virat Kohli was seen dancing.

Ganguly, however, had attained the same number of wins in 28 Tests. We'd like to get to Sydney, win the toss and have the same thing - reversed.

Chasing an improbable target of 399, Australia could only add three runs to their overnight score of 258 for eight.

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