Melbourne: The Indian cricket team beat Australia by 8 wickets in the second test match played at Melbourne Cricket Ground, tying 1-1 in the four-game series. Tuesday, day four of the game, following the second set for host Australia of 200 points, India had a goal of 70 points to win, which they reached in 15.5 overs after losing 2 wickets. Shubman Gill, playing his first test for India, scored 35 undefeated points. Captain Ajinkya Rahane came back undefeated on 27 points. India lost the wickets to Mayank Agarwal (5) and Cheteshwar Pujara (3). Gill faced seven balls to seven fours while Rahane hit three four to 40 balls. Australia took the lead after beating India by 8 wickets in Adelaide, but now India has equalized by winning by the same margin.
Rahane congratulated Siraj and Gill
After the match, Carrier captain Ajinkya Rahane praised Mohammed Siraj (Shubman Gill) and Mohammed Siraj. Rahane said: “I am proud of all the players. Everyone played really well. I would like to attribute the victory to newbies Mohammad Siraj and Shubman Gill. The kind of play he showed after Adelaide’s test loss is a big compliment. Umesh Yadav was unable to play in the second set after getting injured, so it was necessary to play with the right attitude. The landing strategy with five bowlers was impressive. Jadeja played as expected, the versatile. Shubhaman had performed well in first class cricket, we knew that. He gave his game a new dimension. They have shown enormous self-determination.
Rahane added: “If I’m talking about Siraj, he has shown he can play with discipline. It is very difficult for any beginner to do this kind of disciplinary bowling. I think a first class experience was helpful.
Siraj: Indian beginner who took 5 wickets for the first time in 7 years
Playing his first Test, Mohammed Siraj won five wickets against Australia in the Boxing Day Test. With this, he became the first Indian beginner to take 5 wickets in 7 years. Siraj, who made his debut with Shubman Gill in this match, won five wickets in both sets, totaling 36.3 overs. It also includes Cameron Green’s wicket in both innings. Apart from that, Siraj also took the wicket from Marnus Labushain in the opening innings. In the second set, Siraj took the wicket from Trevid at the head of Nathan Lyon in addition to Green. Prior to Siraj, Mohammed Shami took five wickets in his first game against India in November 2013. Shami took nine wickets in his first test against the West Indies. Funny thing is, Siraj got his chance because of Mohammed Shami’s injury in this game. Previously, Ravichandran Ashwin had made nine wickets against the West Indies in Delhi while making his debut in 2011.