• India see off Australia with a day to spare

    India levelled the four-match series with a comfortable 8-wicket victory over Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

    Struggling at 133-6 when the fourth day’s play got underway, Pat Cummins and Cameron Green failed to convert their good starts from the day before.

    Jasprit Bumrah accounted for the Australian vice-captain, while Mohammed Siraj got the big wicket of Green, who departed fo 45.

    Nathan Lyon only add three runs when he became Siraj’s third wicket before Ravi Ashwin wrapped up the innings with the final wicket of Josh Hazlewood. Australia all out for 200, setting India a small target of 70 for victory.

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    Mitchell Starc again picked up the early wicket of Mayank Agarwal, who was caught behind for only 5. Cheteshwar Pujara also didn’t last long when he was caught at gully for 3 off a Cummins delivery.

    Captain Ajinkya Rahane and Shubman Gill, however, steadied the Indian innings and comfortably saw their team to victory with a 51-run partnership.

    Rahane was named Man of the Match for his brilliant century in the first innings, adding to his unbeaten 27 on Tuesday that helped India over the line.

    The third Test will get under way on 7 January at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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