AUS vs IND: India whip Australia by 8 wickets at the MCG to level the four-match series at 1-1.© AFP
India looked down and out after the humiliating loss in the opening Test in Adelaide. With talismanic captain and batting star Virat Kohli also returning home on paternity leave, few gave India a hope of making an impression in the rest of the three Tests. After India’s capitulation in Adelaide, former England captain Michael Vaughan had tweeted that “India are going to receive hammered in the Test Series” and predicted a 4-0 whitewash. Attaching that tweet, former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer took to Twitter to troll the Englishman by posting a hilarious meme following the visitors’ memorable win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
#INDvAUS #AUSvIND https://t.co/cpb0rUKMEF pic.twitter.com/QemqRrYuMJ
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 29, 2020
India bounced back from the Adelaide debacle in style by outplaying the hosts on all four days of the second one Test to level the four-match series at 1-1.
Barring the toss, everything went India’s way with stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane putting in an inspired performance.
Not only was once Rahane astute in his captaincy but was once also the star with the bat in hand. He scored a magnificent century in the first innings to give India a a very powerful 131-run lead.
Australia were just as bad in the second one innings as they were in the first, with star batsman Steve Smith having a torrid time. The hosts could only manage 200 with debutant Mohammed Siraj taking three wickets, to add to his 2 dismissals in the first.
Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja too bowled beautifully. India’s bowling performance was once the all of the more impressive with fast bowler Umesh Yadav sidelined because of an injury after bowling just 3.3 overs in the second one innings.
The third Test is scheduled to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) starting on January 7, on the other hand, with coronavirus cases rising in Sydney, MCG could host the next match as mannered.
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