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India defeats Australia, retains Border-Gavaskar trophy

01 January, 2019, 11:57 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Jasprit Bumrah ended with a career-best 6/33 collecting his third five-wicket Test haul having also achieved the feat against South Africa and England. @ Twitter

"If you want to win a series away from home, it has to be an obsession, so hats off to the whole team for sticking together, believing in themselves and being obsessed about getting results". "There are definitely factors and incentives attached to this particular series".

"They're the real deal now, they're the No. 1 team".

Spearheaded by the young Bumrah, who reinforced his reputation as one of the world's top bowlers, Australia were then skittled for just 151.

Having got only better since his debut in South Africa, Bumrah is hopeful that better things await for him in near future.

In the fourth innings, India once again struck early and all the bowlers got into the act to set up a memorable victory.

Both sides are considering playing two spinners in the Sydney test beginning January 3 on a surface that is expected to take turn.

The MCG pitch was slow and flat like Bangalore, and the Australians are expecting the SCG wicket to turn like Chennai - hence why leg-spinning all-rounder Labuschagne has been added to the squad and not someone like Joe Burns to fix the more obvious crisis at the top of the order.

One shining light for fifth-ranked Australia in this match has been the all-round contributions of 25-year-old seamer Cummins, who claimed a career-best 6-27 in India's second innings before scoring a career-best 63.

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Team India ended 2018 on a high note by winning the boxing day Test and in the process managed to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

The Melbourne pitch offered little pace and bounce for Australia's fast bowlers, who toiled for nearly two days as India scored 443-7 declared in its first innings. The batsmen, led by Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, were also top class. India's second innings of 106-8 declared gave the touring team a 398-run advantage.

Confirming Labuschagne's inclusion in the squad, skipper Tim Paine said that since the Sydney pitch is expected to provide a lot of spin, they are looking to head into the final Test with their best combination.

The pair have three months left on their bans for their part in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal but Australia will be eager to reinstate them as soon as possible.

Nearly all the teams have struggled to bat in the last innings of a Test this year as we witnessed multiple batting collapses from top cricketing nations like India, Pakistan, South Africa, and Australia.

Australia's openers, Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris, are also under pressure after failing in both innings in Melbourne.

He asserted that irrespective of how the series is placed, the Australian batsmen are desperate to score a few more runs in order to prevent a 3-1 series scoreline.

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