Team India skipper Virat Kohli has lauded Ajinkya Rahane & Co. after the stunning win in the second Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Leading the team in Virat Kohli’s absence, Rahane led India to a thumping eight-wicket win over the hosts. The win means the four-match series is now all square at 1-1.
A fine batting and bowling performance meant India only had to chase 70 runs in their second innings. The visitors started the chase on a disastrous note as Mayank Agarwal (5) and Cheteshwar Pujara (3) departed cheaply to leave the team reeling at 19 for 2. But Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane then ensured that Australia do not get any more reason to celebrate.
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The duo played some fine attacking shots as they took the attack to the opposition to ease the pressure off themselves. Rahane and Gill shared an unbeaten stand of 51 runs with the former remaining unbeaten on 27 while the debutant remained unbeaten on 35 off just 36 balls.
Earlier in the day, India bowled out the hosts for just 200 after they started the day on 133 for 6. Mohammed Siraj was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja picked two wickets each.
Virat Kohli’s message for teammates:
And soon after the game ended, Virat Kohli took to Twitter to congratulate his teammates over the win. The skipper is currently in India for the birth of his first child and is out of the series. Calling the effort from his teammates ‘absolutely amazing’ and praising Rahane, Virat Kohli wrote:
“What a win this is, absolutely amazing effort by the whole team. Couldn’t be happier for the boys and specially Jinks who led the team to victory amazingly. Onwards and upwards from here”
What a win this is, absolutely amazing effort by the whole team. Couldn't be happier for the boys and specially Jinks who led the team to victory amazingly. Onwards and upwards from here ???
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 29, 2020