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    Published On : Tue, Dec 29th, 2020
    News 3 / Sports News | By Nagpur Today Nagpur News

    2nd Test: India rout Australia by 8 wkts; level series


    India thumped Australia by eight wickets in the second Test on the fourth day to level the four-match series 1-1, in Melbourne, on Tuesday.

    Chasing 70 for victory, India overhauled to target in 15.5 overs with more than four sessions to spare.

    Skipper Ajinkya Rahane (27 not out) and opener Shubhman Gill (35 not out) took the side past the finish line after India lost Mayank Agarwal (5) and Cheteshwar Pujara (3).

    India had wrapped up Australia’s second innings for 200 in the extended opening session after the hosts resumed the day on 133 for six.

    India had taken a 131-run lead on the third day with skipper Ajinkya Rahane (112) and Ravindra Jadeja (57) taking the hosts to 326 in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 195.

    Number six Cameron Green was top-scorer for the hosts with his 45-run knock while make-shift opener Matthew Wade made 40.

    Green and Pat Cummins (22) added 57 runs for the seventh wicket with the pitch offering nothing to the bowlers. The partnership was broken only after the new ball was taken.

    For India, debutant pacer Mohammed Siraj (3/37) took three wickets while Jasprit Bumrah (2/54) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/28) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2/71) took two wickets apiece.

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