Bumrah 4 wickets and Ashwin 3 wickets Bowled out Australia for 195, India ended Day 1 on 36/1 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. As Justin Langer said a few days ago, Australia has gone in with an unchanged XI. India confirmed four changes on the eve of the Test match and it remains as it it.
Australia XI: Matthew Wade, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (c/wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India XI: Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Australia has been bowled out for 195 in the Boxing Day Test against India at the MCG. The hosts chose to bat after skipper Tim Paine won the toss. Marnus Labuschagne was the highest run-scorer, compiling 48 runs off 132 deliveries, in an innings containing four boundaries. Opener Matthew Wade looked confident during his knock of 30 runs off 39 deliveries, taking the attack to Umesh Yadav. However, a risky shot led to his dismissal, with Ravindra Jadeja completing a sharp catch. Steve Smith and Joe Burns were dismissed for ducks. Travis Head departed for 38 runs. Paine fell just eight balls after Cameron Green, who was trapped in front by Indian debutant Mohammed Siraj.
It was an all-round effort from India’s attack, Jasprit Bumrah accounted for four dismissals. Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Siraj completed three and two dismissals respectively. Ravindra Jadeja completed one dismissal. Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj are making their Test debuts for the visitors.
Jasprit Bumrah | 4/56: It was a good day. When we bowled earlier there was a bit of moisture. Just trying to bowl in the good areas. Sometimes when you try too hard you don’t get that success, so was just sticking to the basics. Ashwin has been bowling really well. He’s getting a good turn, good revolutions on the first day itself and it is heartening to see. Siraj was very happy, he was waiting for his turn.
Outstanding bowling from #TeamIndia as they bowl Australia out for 195 in the first innings of the 2nd Test on Day 1. Bumrah 4/56, Ashwin 3/35
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 26, 2020
India will resume Day 2 of the second Test match against Australia at the MCG at a score of 36/1. Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara will be the batsmen at the crease. The visitors lost Mayank Agarwal he Aussie bowlers did beat the edge endless times and it was a testing phase indeed. They would have loved if Labuschagne had held on to that chance of Gill. It was the sort of luck India needed today, especially after losing the toss. Their bowlers once again came to the party and this time, the Australian tail wasn’t allowed to wag either. This sort of start sets up this game nicely and India have a great chance tomorrow to seize the initiative.