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India seal an 8-wicket victory in the second Test to level series 1-1

By Bet Barter

January 1, 2021

The visitors faced difficulties losing two early wickets, but they ended the match inside 16 overs to level the series 1-1. Australia had set a target of 70 runs on Day 4. The current dominating performance of team India will do wonders for them as they are now confident for the 3rd Test. On the other end, the hosts have a lot of homework to do if they want to pull through in the next match.

For the Indian side, Mayank Agarwal’s struggles continue as he again departed early. He looked unsteady from the start and because of his lack of feet movement, he got out by Starc’s delivery . 

Cheteshwar Pujara was the next to dismiss as the No.3 batsman threw his wicket to Pat Cummins. The young debutant Shubman Gill continued his excellent form in the second innings as well. The opener looked comfortable at the crease, and he confidently took charge and attacked the Australian bowlers. The youngster displayed some great strokes. He also made a substantial impact on keeping his place secured in the next Test. Gill scored 35 runs in 36 balls.

Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane finely supported him. Rahane scored 27 runs off 40 balls. The skipper had to walk into bat when India was at 19/2. However, Rahane once again showed the same composure which got him his century in the 1st innings. The Indian skipper was at his best and rapidly concluded the chase on Day 4.

Team India bowled out Australia for 200

At the start of the day, the visitors made full use of the morning session to clean up the Australian line-up. The second new ball caused the downfall of Australia. The entire Indian bowling unit consistently picked up wickets. Although the lower order batsmen did their best to fetch some runs, India’s persistence paid off by the end of the first session.

This victory will increase the confidence of the Indian camp. After the first loss and the absence of Virat Kohli, many had expected India to lose at MCG. However, the visitors have bounced back and will look forward to winning the next Test. On the other hand, the Australian side is left searching for answers regarding their batting. In the second Test, none of the Australia batsmen managed to score a fifty.

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