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So that is it from this game. The Indians have taken an unassailable lead and have also retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy. They now, however, head to Sydney to do something no Indian team has done - win a Test series Down Under. Will they do so or will Australia bounce back? Join us to find out on the 3rd of January 1030 local (2330 GMT, previous day). Till then, take care and goodbye!
Man of the Match, Jasprit Bumrah, starts by saying, be it boxing day or be it any other day, it is special to play Test cricket and he is happy to contribute to the team's success. Mentions he always focuses on consistency and he always tries to contribute to the team's success. Further adds he now wants to focus on the next game. States it was always a dream to play Test cricket and he was very happy when he made his debut in South Africa. Ends by saying the start has been good and he would want to continue in the same manner.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says they are not going to stop here, they are very confident now and they would look to play positive cricket in Sydney. States they will be looking for a win in Sydney and that is what their mind-set is. Mentions what the people outside say does not matter, what is being discussed in the dressing is what matters. Further adds the wicket was getting difficult to bat on as the game progressed. Credits the way Bumrah bowled. Appreciates the record-breaking effort by his pacers this year. Adds their first class cricket is amazing and reckons they were brilliant with the old ball. Acknowledges the effort by Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara and also the other batsmen to fulfill their role. Ends by saying they will try and play good cricket and nothing good or bad can distract them from trying to win the next game.
Australian skipper, Tim Paine, says it is very disappointing, he felt they made some strides forward in Perth but failed to continue the good work in this game. Further adds they are trying to get better and now they are looking forward to the game in Sydney. Mentions there is always some discussion about the batting line up, the conditions in Sydney will be different and they will once again have a chat about who should bat where. Reckons the wicket was a good one but he felt it would deteriorate as the match progressed. Credits Pat Cummins for his effort in this game. Ends by saying it has been a difficult year but in the coming months they will have some world class players available and it will probably get better for them.
Australia were rocked again, and everyone did their part to get the job done. They had to wait a bit on the final day, but even the rain gods weren't going to stop them from a famous win. It was a good win for them. Australia's batting once again falls into the limelight. It's something they would like to focus on and better in the final Test in Sydney.
There was talk of maybe the tourists batting too slow on a surface which wasn't doing much, but everything changed on Day 3 when suddenly the surface offered assistance to the bowlers. 15 wickets in total fell on that day, and Australia were bowled out for 151 where Bumrah led the charge with his 6-fer. Despite having a lead of 292, the follow-on wasn't enforced and a target of 399 was set. More could have been achieved, if it wasn't for Cummins, who finished with career-best figures and took a 6-wicket haul of his own.
It was a collective performance from the Indians and that's the thing which will please them the most. Debutant Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari, who replaced Vijay and Rahul at the top of the order, did a fine job with Mayank scoring a confident 76. It set the platform for Pujara and Kohli who largely took the game away from the Aussies by really digging in there. Rohit later came in with a fifty of his own which enabled India to post 443 on the board.
The start of the day was marred by rain, but after a stop-start and a relative long-ish break, play began and it took the visitors less than 5 overs to wrap things up. Bumrah got the set Cummins first and then soon after, Sharma got Lyon to get his side over the line. It wasn't easy by any means though, India were made to work hard. India should have won the game on Day 4 itself after running through the Australian batting line-up, but Cummins and Lyon stood firm and took the game into the final day. Rain did threaten, but eventually it couldn't save the hosts.
A handsome victory for the Indians. They retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with this win. It's also their 150th win in Test cricket. Smiles all around as the away side celebrates. Kohli is pumped, his teammates are pumped and his team's supporters in the crowd give out a loud cheer. The decision from the skipper and the management to not enforce the follow-on did eventually pay off, but not without a few nails being bitten for sure.
89.3ISharma to NLyon
OUT! THAT IS IT! Ishant just made me eat my words. He does not have the pace of Bumrah to hurry the batsman but he has bounced Lyon out here. He bangs it short and on middle, Lyon goes for the pull but the bounce gets big on him. It takes the top edge and goes towards Pant who takes it above his head. All smiles on the faces of the Indians, Virat Kohli is absolutely pumped up as INDIA WIN BY 137 RUNS! THEY LEAD THE SERIES 2-1!
89.2ISharma to NLyon
Goes shorter in length, Ishant though does not have the same pace as Bumrah to hurry the batsman. Lyon gets on the back foot and blocks it. Ishant should be bowling a little fuller here.
89.1ISharma to NLyon
Lands it on a length around off, the ball pitches and comes back in. Lyon tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
88.6JBumrah to JHazlewood
On the stumps and the batsman is solid in defense.
88.5JBumrah to JHazlewood
Follows the yorker up with the bouncer, the batsman ducks under it.
88.4JBumrah to JHazlewood
Bowls the yorker on middle, Hazlewood does well to jam it out.
88.3JBumrah to JHazlewood
Lands it on a length and attacks the stumps, Josh defends it.
Josh Hazlewood is the last man in.
88.2JBumrah to PatCummins
OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! No. 9 goes down and it is that of the well-set Cummins. Excellent delivery. Gets it around the off stump, in that corridor of uncertainty. It straightens a touch. Cummins plays inside the line, the ball takes the outside edge and goes low towards Pujara who takes a decent catch at first slip. End of a fighting knock by Cummins. India now just a wicket away from taking a 2-1 lead.
88.1JBumrah to PatCummins
Slightly short, does not bounce as much as the Indians would have wanted it to. Cummins punches it to mid on.
A short leg comes in place.
87.6ISharma to NLyon
Nathan Lyon comes forward to this full ball and drives it to mid off. Another maiden.
87.5ISharma to NLyon
Back of a length, just around off, defended well from the back foot.
87.4ISharma to NLyon
Lyon hangs back inside the crease, waits for the ball to come to him before patting it away down on the off side.
87.3ISharma to NLyon
On the sixth stump line, arms are shouldered to this one.
87.2ISharma to NLyon
Good length delivery outside the line of off stump, kept out from inside the crease.
87.1ISharma to NLyon
Sharma hurls it on a fullish length outside off, Lyon plays away from his body and gets beaten due to the extra bounce.
86.6JBumrah to PatCummins
Maiden to start off with for Bumrah. Bumper on the stumps, ducked and evaded by Pat.
86.5JBumrah to PatCummins
The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
86.4JBumrah to PatCummins
Beaten again! Bumrah pitches it in that off stump channel and makes Cummins play at it. The batsman does so and almost edges it behind.
86.3JBumrah to PatCummins
In the channel outside off, on a good length, left alone.
86.2JBumrah to PatCummins
Play and a miss! Bumrah keeps it on the shorter side and outside off, Cummins looks to push it on the off side but misses.
86.1JBumrah to PatCummins
Short of a good length on off stump, Pat Cummins stands tall and defends it down on the off side from the outer half.
Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end.
85.6ISharma to PatCummins
Short of a good length outside off, punched from the crease through the covers for a single.
85.5ISharma to PatCummins
Some noise but it's not off the bat. Cutting back in on leg, keeps going down, Cummins looks to tickle but it brushes off his thigh pad and Pant collects. An appeal goes up, but in vain.
85.4ISharma to NLyon
Touch straight in line, it's worked down towards fine leg for an easy one.
85.3ISharma to NLyon
Brings it back in on middle stump, slightly fuller in length, Lyon presents a straight bat in defense.
The groundsmen were coming out on the ground, but then were sent back. Maybe some sawdust was required. Okay, he's come back out with it now. Ishant wants some sprinkled around the landing area of his run up.
85.2ISharma to NLyon
Short of a good length close to off, Lyon gets on his toes and defends it down to the left of the bowler.
85.1ISharma to PatCummins
Back of a length delivery outside off, Cummins rises and guides it past the diving Rahane at gully. A single is taken as third man mops it up.
We are ready to begin now. Finally! The Indian team spread across the field and it will want to wrap things up ASAP, before the rain intervenes again. Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon take their places in the middle, with the former on strike. Ishant Sharma will take the new ball first up. Here we go...
Update 1154 local - EARLY LUNCH WILL BE TAKEN AT 1215 LOCAL. The forecast is said to clear up around 1300 local time, let's hope the radar is a reliable one. The rain has stopped, so play should resume at 1255 local if there are no further interruptions. And if that is the case, then we will lose 11 overs. Add the 8 bowled on Day 4 in the extra time taken and we will have a minimum of 71 overs in the day.
Update 1056 - Frustration for everyone as the rain has really picked up now. It's coming down quite heavily. The wait continues...
Update 1055 local - And.... the covers are back off.
Update 1054 local - Scratch the last update. The covers are back on as there's a slight drizzle. Doesn't look as bad though.