The Melbourne Test can very well be another shining jewel in the crown of overseas Test wins for India if they display the required ruthlessness and go for a win on Tuesday. Jamaica 2006, Johannesburg 2006, Perth 2008, Durban 2010, Lord’s 2014 and Johannesburg 2018 are all significant Test wins for India away from Asia.
After the Adelaide disaster, many wouldn’t have believed that India will clinch one of their greatest Test wins, but that is where the team stands now.
India posted a 131-run lead at the end of their first inning however the lead could have been a lot more if Ravindra Jadeja (57) had not run-out his skipper Ajinkya Rahane a defiant 112. India went to lose 5 wickets for 32 runs to be all out for 326 runs.
On Day 3 Indian bowlers were brilliant in restricting Australia to 133/6 at stumps even after losing Umesh Yadav to a calf injury.
Jasprit Bumrah (1-34) and R Ashwin (1-46) once again lead the bowling attack with crucial support from Jadeja (2-25) and Mohammed Siraj (1-23). Yadav took a wicket to his name before returning back for scans.
Australian skipper Tim Paine prior to the Boxing Day Test had made a bold prediction that his boys could restrict India to a lead of under 150 and his batsmen were capable of scoring 350-plus, both of which turned out to be false.