Tim Paine, Australia captain: Pretty disappointed. We played some pretty poor cricket, pretty sloppy cricket for a majority of the game.
Ajinkya Rahane, player of 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.
India win by 8 wickets: India are now only the second team (after England) in the history of Test cricket to win four Matches at MCG.
India 70/2 after 15.5 overs: India win the Boxing Day Test! A remarkable comeback after being bowled out for 36 in the second innings at Adelaide. No Kohli. No Shami. No problem.
India 60/2 after 14 overs: DROPPED! Australia have been remarkably consistent in this match. Rahane gets a life. Not an easy one but Australia used to take those.
India 52/2 after 11 overs: Lovely on-the-up cover drive by Rahane for four. Shot of the match in a game that has seen very few shots being played.
India 42/2 after 10 overs: A few edges, a few pushes but India are doing it right here.
India 36/2 after 8 overs: India continue to look positive. No point just hanging around. Gill’s straight bat inspires confidence and Rahane is looking good too.
India 33/2 after 7 overs: Gill is playing some positive cricket – something we have seen so little of in this series. And that helps India. Keeps the score moving along even after the wicket. India need just 37 more to win.
India 19/2 after 5.1 overs: Wicket! Pujara falls. Cummins strikes. Caught at gully. Here we go. Cat among the pigeons?
India 16/1 after 4.2 overs: Wicket! Starc strikes early to send back Agarwal. Edged to the keeper. The India opener wasn’t quite sure whether the ball was going to come in or not.
India 15/0 after 4 overs: Another solid over but the ball isn’t doing much. Agarwal and Gill need to take India through – it will do their confidence a world of good.
India 13/0 after 3 overs: A bit too full from Starc and Gill follows up the cover drive with an even better straight drive.
India 9/0 after 2 overs: First ball from Cummins and Gill helps himself to a four. Lovely cover drive. It was there to be hit and he did it. Positive cricket.
India 2/0 after 1 over: Starc getting the ball to swing but Agarwal and Gill are both off the mark and more importantly, are still there in the middle.
Teams are back on the park. No early wickets will give India a boost but that is precisely what Australia will be looking for.
Lunch break: Bumrah does have a special bond with the MCG already. 15 wickets in two Tests at an average of 13.06 and an SR of 31.1.
Australia 200 all out: And it is lunch. Batting conditions are good and India will back themselves to get the runs. The visitors would love to see opener Mayank Agarwal find some form.
Australia 200 all out after 103.1 overs: Australia 200 all out. Ashwin knocks back Hazlewood’s off-stump in what was the last over before lunch. India need 70 runs to win.
Australia 199/9 after 102 overs: Starc survives another review. Ashwin felt he had trapped with left-hander LBW with the carrom ball but it came down to umpire’s call.
Australia 196/9 after 100 overs: This Australian tail has made India wait for so long. Paine fell (99/6) in the 48th over! Australia lead by 65 runs.
The lunch break has been delayed as India look for the last Australian wicket
Australia 185/9 after 96.4 overs: WICKET! Siraj strikes to send back Lyon. Got luck with this one, caught down the leg-side. Shaped up to help it along, got the glove through to Pant. Lyon c Pant b Siraj 3(15)
Australia 185/8 after 96 overs: Review does the trick for Australia. Starc survives. No inside edge. Not lbw. It looked like he had edged it and was caught but the review showed otherwise. India made to wait for a bit longer.
Australia 180/8 after 93 overs: Runs in short supply but India have surprisingly kept Ashwin on from one end. It would have been tempting to give Bumrah another go after the wicket.
Australia 177/8 after 91 overs: WICKET! Green falls after making a brave 45. The Siraj delivery was onto him quicker than expected. The pull shot didn’t go anywhere. Green c Jadeja b Siraj 45(146)
Australia 169/7 after 90 overs: Jadeja into the attack and Bumrah out of it. He starts off with a maiden over.
Australia 169/7 after 89 overs: A maiden over by Siraj. But a lot happened in it. A nice yorker to Green, Starc at the non-striker’s end was almost caught out and then there was bit of a mix-up in the running between the wickets. But both batsmen still there in the middle.
Australia 169/7 after 87 overs: Two fours in the Bumrah over. Green starting to play a few more shots now. The lead is up to 38 runs now and India need to be careful here. They cannot take the foot off the pedal.
Australia 161/7 after 86 overs: A single off the last ball of the Ashwin over, a three off the last ball off the Bumrah over. Green doing well to keep Starc away from the strike.
Australia 157/7 after 84 overs: Quick runs or quick wickets. With Starc, there will be no holding back... or will he play responsibly as long as Green is still there?
Australia 156/7 after 82.5 overs: Bumrah’s short ball gets India the breakthrough they had been looking for a while. Just bang on target and little that Cummins could do about it, he is walking back after making 22. Cummins c Agarwal b Bumrah 22(103)
Australia 155/6 after 82 overs: A poor ball from Ashwin and Green put it away for the first four of the morning session. Rahane is giving Ashwin a go with the new ball as well... maybe just for a few overs before going back to Siraj. Australia lead by 24 runs.
Australia 149/6 after 81 overs: Bumrah bowls a maiden over. Nothing much off the pitch, some movement in the air.
Second new ball has been taken
Australia 149/6 after 80 overs: The Green-Cummins stand is now worth 50 runs off 191 balls. Australia lead by 18 runs. New ball is now available.
Australia 144/6 after 77 overs: Jadeja into the attack from what should be a small spell. Siraj getting some rest before the new ball.
Australia 144/6 after 76 overs: India take an early review for LBW but it was missing. Ashwin was convinced. Cummins, who padded up to the ball, is still there. Very patient stuff by both news. The second new ball is due soon.
Australia 143/6 after 75 overs: A maiden over by Siraj. Great cat and mouse battle on in the middle. Green standing out of his crease to try and take LBW out of the equation.
Australia 143/6 after 74 overs: Ashwin continues from the other end. The start of a new day and all but this partnership has already put on 44 in 160 deliveries.
Australia 141/6 after 73 overs: Bumrah goes out of the attack and Siraj comes in. Rahane starting with his best bowlers but with the new ball due, gives the ball to the youngster now.
Australia 140/6 after 72 overs: No leg gully for Ashwin as well and a ball went through that area. A bit too safe from India?
Australia 138/6 after 71 overs: Good steady stuff by the Indians. They are staying patient for now. Green can bat – he has a first-class average of 51. And so can Cummins. Australia lead by 7 runs.
Australia 136/6 after 69 overs: Two maiden overs on the trot and an edge from Cummins that almost carried to first slip.
Australia 136/6 after 68 overs: Ashwin from the other end. And a maiden over to start off the day.
Australia 136/6 after 67 overs: Steady start by Bumrah but every run is going to be key given India’s struggles against the tail and the struggles of their batting too.
Jasprit Bumrah to start off...
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Hello and welcome to live coverage of day four in the second Test between Australia and India. The venue is Melbourne Cricket Ground where India will be hoping to bring up a series-levelling win after three riveting days of Test cricket.
On Monday, India’s bowling attack ripped through Australia’s top order to leave the hosts with a slender two-run lead and in deep trouble. At stumps in Melbourne, Australia were 133/6 with Cameron Green on 17 and Pat Cummins 15 in their second innings as the visitors zeroed in on levelling the series after losing the first Test by eight wickets.
India are doing so with a depleted attack after Umesh Yadav pulled up in his fourth over with a calf problem, limping off the field.
It was a setback for India, who were already missing injured regulars Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma, but the remaining bowlers admirably picked up the slack.
India were all out for 326 in their first innings on the stroke of lunch, adding just 49 to their overnight 277 for five in reply to Australia’s 195.
It gave them a 131-run lead, courtesy of stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s magnificent 112 and Jadeja’s 57. Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon took three wickets each.
Australia 2nd innings
|Matthew Wade||lbw Ravindra Jadeja||40||137||29.19||3|
|Joe Burns||c Rishabh Pant b Umesh Yadav||4||10||40.00||0|
|Marnus Labuschagne||c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravichandran Ashwin||28||49||57.14||1|
|Steve Smith||b Jasprit Bumrah||8||30||26.66||0|
|Travis Head||c Mayank Agarwal b Mohammed Siraj||17||46||36.95||0|
|Cameron Green||NOT OUT||17||65||26.15||2|
|Tim Paine||c Rishabh Pant b Ravindra Jadeja||1||9||11.11||0|
|Pat Cummins||NOT OUT||15||53||28.30||1|
India 1st innings
|Mayank Agarwal||lbw Mitchell Starc||0||6||0.00||0|
|Shubman Gill||c Tim Paine b Pat Cummins||45||65||69.23||8|
|Cheteshwar Pujara||c Tim Paine b Pat Cummins||17||70||24.28||1|
|Ajinkya Rahane||run out (Marnus Labuschagne/Tim Paine)||112||223||50.22||12|
|Hanuma Vihari||c Steve Smith b Nathan Lyon||21||66||31.81||2|
|Rishabh Pant||c Tim Paine b Mitchell Starc||29||40||72.50||3|
|Ravindra Jadeja||c Pat Cummins b Mitchell Starc||57||159||35.84||3|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||c Nathan Lyon b Josh Hazlewood||14||42||33.33||0|
|Umesh Yadav||c Steve Smith b Nathan Lyon||9||19||47.36||1|
|Jasprit Bumrah||c Travis Head b Nathan Lyon||0||1||0.00||0|
|Extras||(nb 2, w 2, b 12, lb 6)||22|
With AFP inputs