India Take Unassailable 2-1 Lead After 137-Run Win vs Australia

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  • India beat Australia by 137 runs in the Melbourne Test on Sunday, 30 December.
  • With a unassailable 2-1 series lead in the four-match rubber, India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
  • Jasprit Bumrah named Man of the Match after finishing with a match-haul of 9 for 86.
  • The fourth and final Test starts in Sydney on 3 January.

After a frustrating morning which saw the start of play being delayed for over two hours due to rain, India quickly wrapped up the Melbourne Test by picking up the last two wickets and defeating Australia by 137 runs on Sunday, 30 December.

Australia had resumed on the rain-delayed final day of play in a hopeless position at 258-8, requiring 141 runs to win.

Tailender Pat Cummins added two runs to his overnight score before he was caught at first slip off Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling for 63 at 261-9.

Nathan Lyon, who had shared a defiant 46-run stand for the ninth wicket with Cummins in the first innings, fell in the next over for seven. Lyon (7) was caught behind as Rishabh Pant took his 20th dismissal in this series, which is highest by any Indian wicket-keeper.

 Ishant Sharma took the final wicket of Nathan Lyon as India won their 150th Test match. Ishant Sharma took the final wicket of Nathan Lyon as India won their 150th Test match.(Photo: AP)
Updated: December 30, 2018 — 7:22 am