Boxing Day Test: Team India Hammers Australia By A Massive 137 Runs, Take 2-1 Series Lead

| December 30 , 2018 , 17:37 IST

Virat Kohli & Co. showcased all-round performance and fought out of their skin to hammer Australia by 137 runs in the Boxing day and third Test match to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match rubber at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.

The play on the fifth and final day was delayed due to rain. Most of the opening session was lost to the inclement weather, and the play resumed only after lunch.

The hosts Aussie resumed their second innings at the overnight score of 258/8, the Australian batsmen could battle for only 27 deliveries before being dismissed for 261 runs.

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Pat Cummins, who had delayed Australian defeat with a heroic half-century on the fourth day, was the first to return to the pavilion on the fifth day.

The tail-ender had added only two runs to his overnight score when he edged a delivery from Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah to Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip.

Ishant Sharma then dismissed Nathan Lyon with a short pitched delivery to complete the victory.Lyon had tried to go for the pull, only to see the top edge offer a simple catch to wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant.

Team India just took a step closer to script history in seven decades to register their first ever series win on Australian soil. The fourth Test will start from January 3 in Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)

This is also the first time that India have taken the lead in a Test series in Australia.

Brief scores: Australia: 151 & 261 (Pat Cummins 63, Shaun Marsh 44, Usman Khawaja 33; Ravindra Jadeja 3/82, Jasprit Bumrah 3/53) vs India: 443/7(d) & 106/8(d) (Mayank Agarwal 42, Rishabh Pant 33; Pat Cummins 6/27)