2-1 is the scoreline after India’s complete 137 run win in Melbourne’s well-known Boxing Day Check.
Led by Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara with the bat and an distinctive show of quick bowling by Jasprit Bumrah, the vacationers properly and actually deserved the win, their first on the MCG since 1981. The consequence additionally signifies that India have efficiently retained the Border-Gavaskar, and the most effective chance for Australia is drawing the sequence.
Whereas the Indians look ahead to the historically spin-friendly floor of the SCG as they appear to win their first Check sequence of their 70-year historical past they’ve been touring Australia, the Australians should decide up the items of a Check match that has been labelled as an ‘embarrassment’.
As a fan, an admittedly disillusioned fan, listed here are my 5 takeaways from a lopsided Boxing Day Check.
1. Sensible Bumrah
After the Perth Check, I wrote about India’s different thrilling gamers not named Virat, primarily Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah. Whereas Pant has taken probably the most dismissals by a touring Indian keeper, Jasprit Bumrah produced a person of the match efficiency. On a reasonably docile pitch, Bumrah bowled exceptionally and earned his simply rewards choosing up 6/33 within the first innings and ending with match figures of 9/86.
The slower ball to dismiss Shaun Marsh for me, was a fantastically intelligent piece of bowling. Utilizing a white ball software efficiently within the pink ball sport was good, whereas the Australians proceed to make use of white ball techniques to their demise.
2. Ravenous the highest six
It’s a fairly easy plan, one utilized in park cricket on a regular basis and one the Indians have adopted this sequence, particularly in Melbourne. Dry up a batsman’s runs and they’re going to do the remaining. The quantity of Australian wickets which were labelled comfortable, particularly on this match, was deplorable. Almost each batsman fell sufferer to this, apart from Shaun Marsh.
Finch’s guided catch to second slip, each Mitch Marsh dismissal’s and even Travis Heads first innings try at punching Bumrah again over his head was pointless and resulted in his demise. The Indian assault simply tightened the screws and bowled to plans whereas the Australian batsman complied by putting small costs on their wickets.
three. Affected person Pujara
Whereas a 300-ball century isn’t probably the most thrilling viewing, Cheteshwar Pujara’s second century of the sequence was equally as vital as his first. Occupying the crease for almost all of the primary two days, Pujara’s capability to grind down the Aussie bowlers whereas the likes of debutant Mayank Agarwal (76) and Kohli (82) attacked from the opposite finish allowed India to construct match-winning partnerships.
The 170-run partnership he shared together with his captain was not solely the very best run partnership for the sequence however eclipsed the whole Australians first innings by 19 runs. As he did in Adelaide, Pujara’s capability to play a job for his staff was vitally vital and earnt him particular person success as properly.
four. Lesson realized
India are proper on high on this division this sequence, and that’s studying from errors and never repeating them. Whether or not it’s chasing broad balls and snicking off or opting to not play a specialist spinner, the Indians have acknowledged their errors, rectified them and it has paid dividends. Australia, not a lot.
This take a look at match was filled with repeated errors from the Australians, from practically everybody, with Pat Cummins being the exception.
I don’t imply to harp on him as a result of I imagine he’s been considered one of Australia’s better-performed gamers this summer time, however the best way wherein Travis Head was dismissed in each innings was disappointing. He’d make a begin, look settled, get tied down for a number of overs, try a giant drive, bowled. Each innings. In case you forged your thoughts again to Perth, precisely the identical factor.
Made a begin, tempted him exterior the off stump with broad line bowling, slash down to 3rd man, caught.
This is only one instance of errors repeating themselves throughout video games by people within the Australian Check staff, and it’s not simply Travis Head. Aaron Finch and Mitch Marsh had been in the identical boat, whereas Josh Hazlewood appeared to proceed to seek for a swing that wasn’t there.
5. Optimistic Patty
There have been practically no positives to come back from this Check match besides the good efficiency from Pat Cummins. From day one of many Check he was the one main the cost for the Australians, and at occasions gave the impression to be the one one as much as the battle.
Profession-best figures of 6/27 within the second innings and 9/99 for the match, together with a well-constructed 63 with the bat within the second innings, Pat Cummins simply turned everybody’s favorite Australian cricketer.
Whereas there was large negatives on this match (the consequence, the choice of Mitch Marsh, Aaron Finch’s failure opening to call a number of), I’ll look again positively on the day I witnessed Pat Cummins dismiss Virat Kohli for zero after a day of disappointments on the MCG.