The visiting side India have levelled the four-match Test series against the hosts Australia after claiming an incredible 8 wickets victory in the second game of this series at Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne).
Starting the fourth day on their overnight score of 133/6, the home side was all out for 200 runs in their second innings. Chasing down the 70 runs target, the visiting team reached the target after losing only 2 wickets.
Brief Scores: Australia – 195 (Marnus Labuschagne 48, Travis Head 38; Jasprit Bumrah 4/56) & 200 (Cameron Green 45, Matthew Wade 40; Mohammed Siraj 3/37)
India – 326 (Ajinkya Rahane 112, Shubman Gill 57; Nathan Lyon 3/72) & 70/2 (Shubman Gill 35*, Ajinkya Rahane 27*; Mitchell Starc 1/20)
The Result – India won by 8 wickets
Australia vs India, 2nd Test (Day 4): Stats Review
India – 2nd time to successfully chase a target in Test cricket in Australia
i) The visiting side India won this match by 8 wickets. It was the only second time when India successfully chased down a target in Australia in the Test cricket. Earlier, it happened during the 2003 Adelaide Test when the Men in Blue chased the 230 runs target (233/6) and won by 4 wickets.
– Since 2010, 1st time to beat the hosts in a Test match after bowling first
i) It was the 21st time when the visitors India won an away Test match after bowling first. Before this Test, last time it happened during the August 2010 Colombo (PSS) Test where they beat the hosts Sri Lanka by 5 wickets.
– 4th Test victory at Melbourne
i) It was India’s fourth Test victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne). It is the first time when India managed to win more than three Tests at any particular away venue. Only England have achieved more Test success than India as an away side at Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne) as the Ashes rivals have won 20 Tests at this venue.
Australia – ended the streak of completing Test matches with at least one 50+ score
i) While Australia were bundled out twice in this Test, they had no half-centurion in that entire Test.
- It was the first time in Test cricket history when the Indian team took all the Australian wickets in a Test match and there was no fifty from the Aussie side.
- Before this Test, last time Australia had 0 (zero) 50+ knock in a completed home Test match, during the 1988 Melbourne Test against West Indies. In overall, it was the 11th time when Australia lost all the 20 wickets in the home Test and they had no 50+ score.
– lost 20 wickets in less than 400 runs
i) The hosts Australia lost their 20 wickets in this Test match for 395 runs. It was the third time when the team Australia failed to score at least 400 runs in loss of 20 wickets in the home Test against India. The other two home Tests in this list were 1977 Melbourne Test and 1978 Sydney Test where they managed to score 377 and 394 runs respectively in the loss of 20 wickets.
Ajinkya Rahane – 2nd Indian captain to win all the first three Tests
i) Playing his third Test as a captain, Ajinkya Rahane-led India won all these three Tests. After MS Dhoni, Rahane became the second Indian captain to win all the first three Tests as a skipper.
Ravichandran Ashwin – Test cricket record of dismissing most left-handed batsman
i) Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has dismissed 192 left-handed batsmen in his Test career. Surpassing former Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who dismissed 191 left-handed batsmen in Test career, Ashwin became the new record holder of dismissing most left-handed batsman in Test history.
– Most international wickets as an Indian spinner in Australia
i) On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin has taken 62 international wickets in Australia. Surpassing the legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble (61 wickets), Ashwin became the most international wicket-taker as an Indian spinner in Australia. Only the former right-arm pacer Kapil Dev managed to pick more international wickets in Australia than Ashwin as the legendary all-rounder collected 108 international wickets in this country.
– 4th most international wicket-taker as a spinner against Australia
i) Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin has picked up 113 international wickets against Australia. Surpassing legendary Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (112 wickets), Ashwin became the fourth most international wicket-taker as a spinner against Australia.
|Anil Kumble (India)||142|
|Harbhajan Singh (India)||129|
|Daniel Vettori (New Zealand/ICC World XI)||124|
|Ravichandran Ashwin (India)||113|
|Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka/ICC World XI)||112|
Mohammed Siraj – match bowling figures of 36.3-8-77-5
i) Making his Test debut, the right-arm pacer Mohammed Siraj managed the overall bowling figures of 36.3-8-77-5 in this game. It was the second best bowling figures for an Indian Test debutant, who made Test debut in Australia. Meanwhile, the record is 33-4-116-7 by Syed Abid Ali at Adelaide in December 1967.
Shubman Gill – Test debutant scored 80 runs
i) Test debutant Shubman Gill scored a total of 80 runs in this match as the opening batsman scored 45 and 35 not out. It was the second highest match total for an Indian Test debutant, who started the longest-format international career in Australia. In the meantime, Mayank Agarwal is the record holder in this list as he scored 118 runs (76 & 42) during his Test debut at Melbourne in 2018.