Putting aside all the speculations of an Australian comeback, Virat Kohli team put up an all-round show to beat the hosts by a convincing margin of 137 runs in the third Test at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
With this win, India has taken to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match Test rubber. If it was debutant Mayank Agarwal laid the foundation with a gritty knock in his maiden international outing, the experienced pair of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli ensured that the Indian team don’t lose the momentum on day 1 with a 170-run stand for the third wicket.
India captured Australia’s last two wickets after a rain-delayed start today five of the third test to complete an emphatic 137-run wine. The win also meant India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy contested between the nations.
India, denied victory on day four by the tail-end resistance of Pat Cummins, were forced to wait nearly two-and-a-half hours for play to begin due to rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. But when the weather cleared their bowlers wrapped up the Australia innings for 261 in 22 minutes.
None of the Australian batsmen looked comfortable against the Indian pacers, who peppered them with the short-pitch stuff and the pace they generated made it difficult for the hosts to cope with. None of the Australian batsmen apart from Pat Cummins got a score in excess of 50, which hurt them badly and they could not stitch together partnerships which did not do them any good.
Jadeja acted as the perfect replacement for premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, deceiving the batsmen with his variations in line and length. The spinner provided some valuable support to the Indian pace attack, leaving the batsmen baffled with his astute accuracy and decision making, he also picked up three wickets in the second innings to add to his two wickets from the first innings.