Melbourne: The Indian Cricket Team has defeated Australia by 8 wickets in the second Test match played at Melbourne Cricket Ground, equaling 1-1 in the four-match series. On Tuesday, the fourth day of the match, after hosts Australia’s second innings for 200 runs, India had a target of 70 runs to win, which they achieved in 15.5 overs after losing 2 wickets. Shubman Gill, playing his first Test for India, scored an unbeaten 35 runs. Captain Ajinkya Rahane returned unbeaten on 27 runs. India lost the wickets of Mayank Agarwal (5) and Cheteshwar Pujara (3). Gill faced seven balls with seven fours while Rahane hit three fours over 40 balls. Australia took the lead in the series after defeating India by 8 wickets in Adelaide, but now India have equalized by winning by the same margin.
Rahane praised Siraj and Gill
After the match, Carrier Captain Ajinkya Rahane praised Mohammad Siraj and Shubman Gill. Rahane said, ‘I am proud of all the players. Everyone played really well. I would like to attribute the victory to debutants Mohammad Siraj and Shubman Gill. The kind of game he showed after the defeat in the Adelaide Test is a great compliment. Umesh Yadav could not play in the second innings after getting injured, so it was necessary to play with the right attitude. The strategy of landing with five bowlers was impressive. Jadeja performed as expected, the all-rounder. Shubhaman had given a glorious performance in first class cricket, we knew this. He has given his game a new height. They have shown tremendous self-determination.
Rahane further said, “If I talk about Siraj, he has shown that he can bowl discipline. It is very difficult for any debutant to do this kind of disciplinary bowling. I think first class experience has come in handy.
Siraj: Indian debutant who took 5 wickets for the first time in 7 years
Playing his first Test, Mohammad Siraj took five wickets against Australia in the Boxing Day Test. With this, he has become the first Indian debutant to take 5 wickets in 7 years. Siraj, who made a debut with Shubman Gill in this match, took five wickets in both innings, bowling a total of 36.3 overs. It also includes the wicket of Cameron Green in both innings. Apart from this, Siraj also took the wicket of Marnus Labushain in the first innings. In the second innings, Siraj took the wicket of Trevid head Nathan Lyon besides Green. Before Siraj, Mohammed Shami took five wickets in his debut match for India in November 2013. Shami took nine wickets in his first Test against the West Indies. The funny thing is that Siraj got the chance because of Mohammed Shami’s injury in this match. Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin made nine wickets against the West Indies in Delhi while making his debut in 2011.