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India vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights: India trail by 159 runs

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 2nd Test Highlights: At the end of the day, India were 36/1 in reply to the home team's 195, trailing by 159 runs.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: December 26, 2020 12:51:32 pm
India vs Australia second Test

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 2nd Test Highlights: Despite having lost the toss, Team India were on top at the end of Day 1, with Shubman Gill (28) and Cheteshwar Pujara (7) the unbeaten batsman to resume the Indian innings on Day 2. At the end of the day, India were 36/1 in reply to the home team’s 195, trailing by 159 runs.

have had a wonderful morning session at the MCG on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test. After Jasprit Bumrah (4/56) and Ravichandran Ashwin reduced the Aussies to 38/3 in the 15th over. Marcus Labuschagne and Travis Head put on a resistance for them. Mohammad Siraj (2/40) joined the party on debut, as the home team were bowled out for 195.

Australia v India Test Series 2020/2021

2nd Test, MCG, Melbourne, 25 Dec, 2020

IND 326 / 10 (115.1)

vs

AUS 195 / 10 (72.3)

IND 70 / 2 (15.5)

2nd Inn

AUS 200 / 10 (103.1)

BatsmenRB
Shubman Gill35 36
Ajinkya Rahane27 40
BowlersORWKT
Mitchell Starc4.0 20 1
Pat Cummins5.0 22 1

India win by 8 wickets

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India vs Australia 2nd Test Highlights:

12:46 (IST)26 Dec 2020
From 36 to 36 - Indian cricket comes full circle

From 36/9 to 36/1 - Indian cricket seems to have come a full circle from the two 36s between Adelaide and Melbourne. It's India firmly on top at the end of Day 1 at the MCG. With young Shubman Gill having showed stomach for a fight and Cheteshwar Pujara showing characteristic calmness to shut out the Aussie pace barrage in the first hour of their innings. We shall have a cracking Day 2 tomorrow, with Gill and Pujara to resume the innings.

12:36 (IST)26 Dec 2020
End of Day 1 - IND trail by 159 runs

Gill and Pujara see the day through. India finish with 36/1 after 11 overs, trailing by 159 runs. Gill unbeaten on 28, Pujara on 7. It was a torrid first hour the Indian batsmen were subject to but they have ended the day without too much damage.

12:19 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Gill grows in stature

Shubman Gill pulls Starc with power over the head of a ducking short leg. Four! Gill ends the over with another four, flicked off his pads. Gill is growing in confidence and the runs column in his Test career is also growing. Pujara ticks over the strike to Gill, who carries on finding the gaps in Cummins's over as well.

IND 27/1 after 8

12:10 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Pujara off the mark

Starc and Cummins continue spitting fire, threatening with movement off the pitch to boot. This is a test of patience for Gill. The commentary box is egging the debutant on to not flash at the wide balls. Pujara, at the other end, presenting a much more compact defence at the moment. Gets his first runs with a straight drive down the ground. A boundary to start! IND 15/1 after 5

12:03 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Shubman Gill dropped at slip

A true test for the debutant Shubman Gill who has covered a long yet quick journey to Team India's Test cap. The fiery Aussie bowlers like Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummings are testing the young man. Gill was dropped at third slip by Labuschagne!
IND 9-1 in 4.1 overs

11:50 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Mayank Agarwal departs so early

Aussie bowler Mitchell Starc got Mayank Agarwal for a duck on the last ball of his first over. was found before the stump, given LBW. Agarwal reviewed and lost it. Agarwal lbw b Starc 0(6). Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in.IND 0/1 in 1 over

11:44 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Mayank, Gill walk in

With about 15 overs to go, Indian openers Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill have walked in to open the innings after India bundled Aussie for just 195 on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test. 

11:31 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Australia end on 195-all out

THAT'S ALL OUT! Jadeja finishes the thing for India as he removes Cummins! The pacer tries to go big but his slog sweep finds Siraj's hands. Even after losing the toss, India's bowling team stepped up and nipped any doubt about how they were going to respond after the Adelaide crash in the bud. While Jasprit Bumrah (4/56) and Ravichandran Ashwin (3/35) stole the limelight, debutant Mohammad Siraj registered figures of 2/40. Australia end the first innings on 195/10 after 72.3 overs. Stay tuned!

11:28 (IST)26 Dec 2020
WICKET!

Lyon submits to the adventure mood of the situation and takes on Bumrah... He hits the pacer for a massive six and a four before succumbing to a well-bowled delivery by the pacer. Lyon walks for 20 after a LBW! Hazlewood is the last man. AUS: 195/9 (72 ovs)

11:06 (IST)26 Dec 2020
WICKET!

Australia are crumbling down like a pack of cards now! Bumrah gets his third wicket now after coming in to clean-up the tail couple of overs back. Starc gets a fat top-edge and the ball travels safely to Siraj. The batsman departs for 7. AUS: 166/8 (68 ovs)

10:49 (IST)26 Dec 2020
CAUGHT OUT!

India are on a roll right now! Ashwin gets his third wicket of the day as he dismisses the dangerous Paine, courtesy of a catch by Vihari! Back-to-back wickets for the visitors! Cummins and Starc in the middle... Australia in trouble now. AUS: 155/7 (63 ovs)

10:43 (IST)26 Dec 2020
WICKET!

GONE! Green has no option but to walk back to the pavilion after the review clarified that he was caught plumb by Siraj! The pacer scalps his second wicket of the day after trapping the youngster between the wickets. Next up, Cummins. AUS: 155/6 (62 ovs)

10:33 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Australia cross 150-run mark

After scoring just two runs in the previous three overs, Paine fastens things up with a well-struck four! He takes on Siraj and places the shot past the lone slip for four runs. While the captain's on 13* off 29 balls, Green's on 9* off 53 balls. AUS: 152/5 (60 ovs)

10:21 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Paine given a lifeline

Tim Paine escapes a narrow decision for run-out! After Green sold his captain short, Paine makes it back just in the nick of time before Pant dislodged his bails. "You heard Paul explain it quite clearly, he was looking for conclusive evidence to show the bat on the wrong side of the line. He couldn't prove that the batsman was short of his line," said Simon Taufel. AUS: 143/5 (55 ovs)

10:00 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Rahane impresses in Melbourne so far...
09:46 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Time for some tea!

India finish the second session on a high after that Labuschagne dismissal and they have done well to tighten the screws further. Australia have scored 71 runs, losing two wickets, this session. Green (6*) and Paine (0*) are in the middle. AUS: 136/5 (52 ovs)

09:34 (IST)26 Dec 2020
MAIDEN TEST WICKET!

Australia's one of the most trusted batsmen Marnus Labuschagne is deprived of his fifty by debutant Siraj! The batsman tried to race to the milestone but Siraj dismisses him for 48. Gill with the catch. Tim Paine is the new man in. AUS: 134/5 (50 overs)

09:02 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Bumrah gets better of Head

Jasprit Bumrah sent Travis Head back to the pavilion after bowling two no-balls in the 42nd over. Head was caught by Rahane!! It's that extra delivery that the third umpire has made Bumrah bowl, thanks to his no-ball calls, and poor Head pays the price. Head c Rahane b Bumrah 38(92). Cameron Green is the new man in.
AUS 124/4

08:41 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Historic debuts for Shubman, Siraj

Mohammed Siraj from Hyderabad and Shubman Gill from Punjab finally made their debuts at the historic MCG today during the Boxing Day Test match. Only five players made their Test debut for India during a Test hosted by the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Kanwar Rai Singh and Khokhan Sen made their debut during the 1948 Test match while Hrishikesh Kanitkar in 1999, KL Rahul in 2014 and Mayank Agarwal in 2018 made their debut during a Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

08:34 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Australia on road to recovery

The slow, steady and watchful Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head pair is turning dangerous for India now as the duo has stitched a 66-run partnership so far, taking AUS past 100.

AUS 104/3 in 38 overs