Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    18.5 gone, Vihari's done in by bounce. Short ball, superbly-directed, into Vihari and forcing him to play at it. Vihari half-arches out of the way but hasn't quite done a complete job of it. Leaves the hands hanging up and the ball pings the glove as he awkwardly crouches and lobs towards the cordon as second slip moves back to grab it. Patient stay, did his biding but couldn't make it count 40/1
    54.5 is that gone? Yup, given by the umpire. Agarwal stays put as the Australians go up in appeal. Ian Gould takes what seems like an eternity before raising his finger. Agarwal doesn't review but this has been a great start to his Test career. Coming to the delivery, it was short and angled sharply into Agarwal, who looks for a smart little dab. But with the ball climbing, he can't get on top of it entirely and only manages to send a glove down to the left of Paine who takes it smartly behind the stumps 123/2
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    125.4 keeps low and that's the end of Pujara. Ah, that's awful. Pujara can't believe it. Hardly did anything wrong there. Hanging back to a short of a length delivery, barely gets up and goes through the defences to take out the stumps. As with most great stands, one partner follows the other soon after it's broken 299/4
    122.5 oh, oh, Kohli has gone aerial again and he picks out third man. What a way for a good innings to end. Seemed a tired shot, could it be because of the back? Or was he trying to get a move on? Whatever it is, that's a third wicket to a short ball. Kohli tries to arch back and ramp it over. Actually he has a proper slash at it. But Finch was stationed in the deep right for that shot. Snaffles it reverse-cupped. Starc with the smile of a man who knows he's been a touch lucky. Respite at long last for Australia! 293/3
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    148.6 keeps too low and Rahane's trapped lbw. Pretty plumb, the finger almost instantly went up. Rahane is shifting back and looking to flick it away with the turn, ball beats the inside edge and pings him in front of middle and off 361/5
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    168.5 taken at gully. Short of a length outside off. No feet from Pant as he looks to pull over midwicket. Gets a top edge and Khawaja gets under it. Some nerves as the ball comes down - he wobbles under it - but taken cleanly in the end 437/6
    169.4 caught behind! Superb bouncer from Hazlewood. Gives him no room at all. Climbing up at his left shoulder. He fends at it and gets a glove through to Paine 443/7
    Extras
    31 (b 15, lb 14, nb 1, w 1)
    TOTAL
    443/7d (169.4 Overs, RR: 2.61)
    Fall of wickets: 1-40 (GH Vihari, 18.5 ov), 2-123 (MA Agarwal, 54.5 ov), 3-293 (V Kohli, 122.5 ov), 4-299 (CA Pujara, 125.4 ov), 5-361 (AM Rahane, 148.6 ov), 6-437 (RR Pant, 168.5 ov), 7-443 (RA Jadeja, 169.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    MA Starc2878723.1000
    JR Hazlewood31.4108612.7100
    NM Lyon48711012.2900
    PJ Cummins34107232.1100
    MR Marsh2645101.9611
    AJ Finch20804.0000
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    13.3 Bumrah follows the short ball on the hips with an even shorter one at the chest of Harris. The batsman dares to hook, despite the presence of Ishant at the long leg boundary. Harris is cramped for room, he can't control the shot, and holes out to long leg. Ishant didn't have to move at all in the deep 36/2
    10.3 Caught at short midwicket by debutant Mayank Agarwal. He swoops to his left and claims an outstanding low catch. He leaps for joy and is embraced by Rohit. Ishant keeps it full and attacks the stumps, Finch searches for a flick square on the leg side, instead he feebly chips it in the air and Agarwal dives to his left to snaffle it and lift India on the third morning 24/1
    19.5 taken at short leg! Jadeja changes up the pace, gets it slower, gets it dipping and gets it spinning back into Khawaja. He's on the front foot early and pushing a little in front of the body. That's all it takes Thick inside edge and Agarwal holds on 53/3
    32.6 oh he's got him with a stunning ball! Unbelievable control on the slower ball from Bumrah. They won't bother reviewing this lbw, he's been struck on the full, right in front of middle stump. World class from Bumrah. Quick-arm whippy action, Marsh has been dealing with those yorkers solidly so far, but he's early on this because he's rolled his fingers over it and got it to dip. Can't play that, it's just too good. Marsh can't believe it. He was looking good and seemed to have taken them to some sort of safety, only to be outdone by a moment of genius. He's dejected, but there's really no way to adjust when you're hurrying down to deal with a yorker and it ends up drifting in slowly. The perfect deception. 89/4
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    36.4 Booooooomrah! The big dipper that got Shaun Marsh was barely 115ks. This is a 142kph full ball from wide of the crease from around the wicket. It swings back in late, Head is beaten for pace and plays all around it. Bumrah nails the stumps again. Top-class bowling from him 92/5
    43.3 Tickled to first slip? India celebrate even before the umpire raises his finger. Marsh now drags himself off the field. 92ks, flatter and slides back into Marsh, then breaks out of the rough. Marsh looks to force it into the leg side with a whip. He ends up edging it onto the pad, and the ball loops to slip. Marsh does not even bother asking for a review, which suggests he has snicked it 102/6
    64.3 Bumrah returns and finds the outside edge of Paine. Is that a clean catch from Pant to his right? Paine walks off. Replays suggest it's a clean catch. Pant throws himself to his right and gets his gloves underneath the ball. Nicely done. Good length, angling in towards off, and straightening away. Paine hangs back in the crease, dangles his bat out in the channel, and snicks it behind 147/8
    60.6 top of off! Superb, superb over from Shami. Every ball he's looked like barging through the defences, and now he does. Dips in from just outside off, at a good length. Cummins hangs the bat inside the line, expecting a little more movement perhaps. Or he's just been done by a subtle change in line. Whatever it is, it's top class from Shami. India have the breakthrough 138/7
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    66.2 Bumrah claims a five-wicket haul! He follows the bouncer with a full rocket - 146.1ks - catches Lyon in the crease. He's beaten for pace, shuffling across and playing around his front pad in front of middle and leg. Lyon doesn't review, probably umpire's call. Yup, the tracker returns umpire's call on leg stump 151/9
    66.5 Make it six wickets for Bumrah. After shaking up Hazlewood with a brace of short balls, Bumrah slips in the full inswinger. Hazlewood backs away outside leg, Bumrah chases the moving batsman. Hazlewood gets a thick inside edge that disturbs the off stump 151/10
    Extras
    6 (b 4, nb 1, w 1)
    TOTAL
    151 all out (66.5 Overs, RR: 2.25)
    Fall of wickets: 1-24 (AJ Finch, 10.3 ov), 2-36 (MS Harris, 13.3 ov), 3-53 (UT Khawaja, 19.5 ov), 4-89 (SE Marsh, 32.6 ov), 5-92 (TM Head, 36.4 ov), 6-102 (MR Marsh, 43.3 ov), 7-138 (PJ Cummins, 60.6 ov), 8-147 (TD Paine, 64.3 ov), 9-151 (NM Lyon, 66.2 ov), 10-151 (JR Hazlewood, 66.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    I Sharma1324113.1511
    JJ Bumrah15.543362.0800
    RA Jadeja2584521.8000
    Mohammed Shami1022712.7000
    GH Vihari32100.3300
  • BATSMEN
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    12.6 Vihari has been bounced out by Cummins for the second time in the match. Nasty short ball, 141.2ks, climbs on off, gets too big on Vihari. He lobs it off the shoulder of the bat to Usman Khawaja at gully 28/1
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    32.6 there's the five-for! Mayank has played on, with the ball staying low once again. Length ball outside off, and Mayank bends his knees to defend as the ball doesn't bounce. But it takes the toe-end of the bat, before ricocheting back onto his stumps. Cummins raises his ball to the crowd as Mayank's debut Test ends with a useful 42 83/6
    14.2 After bouncing out Vihari, Cummins has Pujara caught at leg gully for a duck with a fuller one. This is nice and straight, attacking the stumps, Pujara can't keep his flick down. He chips it to Harris, who hangs onto a sharp, low catch 28/2
    14.6 another one at leg gully! Cummins has both of India's first-innings topscorers caught for ducks at leg gully. Loose shot, it must be said. Short of a length delivery at the thigh. Hard hands as he's a little early on the flick. Closes the face but never really in control of this and it is straight at Harris 28/3
    16.1 he's taken down leg side! What is happening here! Cummins has bowled better deliveries for wickets, that's for sure. But he'll take these. And why not, he probably deserved eight in the first innings. Short of a length and down leg side. Rahane looks to shovel it fine, with a horizontal bat, and gets a thin edge. Dips on Paine, but he lunges to his left and holds on 32/4
    22.5 taken at slip! Hazlewood dangles it in the corridor for Rohit, he takes it on and he's dismissed. Short ball. He'd argue it was there for the cut, but it's rising up at him and he can't control the slash as a result. Was perhaps too close for the shot anyway 44/5
    37.3 tries to ramp but Paine takes the catch! Pant backs away with this short ball, and looks to lift it over the keeper, but it doesn't come off the bat's middle, and the keeper gets rid of Pant. Kohli gets up as soon as Pant falls, and asks his team to come back 106/8
    36.3 leading edge gets pocketed by Khawaja at short point! That's career-best figures for Cummins now. Short ball outside leg stump, and Jadeja looks to flick this fine. But the ball hits his glove, lobs into the off side and Khawaja composes himself to take a soft, diving catch 100/7
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    7 (b 5, lb 1, w 1)
    TOTAL
    106/8d (37.3 Overs, RR: 2.82)
    Did not bat: I Sharma, JJ Bumrah
    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (GH Vihari, 12.6 ov), 2-28 (CA Pujara, 14.2 ov), 3-28 (V Kohli, 14.6 ov), 4-32 (AM Rahane, 16.1 ov), 5-44 (RG Sharma, 22.5 ov), 6-83 (MA Agarwal, 32.6 ov), 7-100 (RA Jadeja, 36.3 ov), 8-106 (RR Pant, 37.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    MA Starc311103.6600
    JR Hazlewood10.332222.0900
    NM Lyon1314003.0700
    PJ Cummins1132762.4510
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    9.2 This sticks into the hands of Agarwal at short leg and Harris has to go. Jadeja tosses it outside off and gets it to turn in, Harris prods and inside-edges it onto his pad. The ball lobs to short leg, where Agarwal just about hangs onto it 33/2
    1.2 What have you done, Aaron? Shorter than the previous ball and slanting back into the batsman outside off, he's cramped for room, but still aims to cut it over the cordon. He only manages to waft a catch to Kohli at second slip. Poor shot selection and Bumrah has his seventh wicket in the match. Sharp catch from Kohli. It flew to him and he took it in front of his face 6/1
    20.6 slow finger of death from the umpire! Khawaja has a chat and reviews this lbw call. A length ball that pitched just outside off but zipping into the batsman's pads. Khawaja defends inside the line of the ball, and the delivery has hit his back leg. Looks like the ball will hit off stump... and ball-tracker confirms it! Breakthrough for India and Australia lose a review as well 63/3
    32.2 appeal for lbw, and given! But Marsh reviews. Big wicket, if this stands. It's a length ball on off that's angling in. Marsh misses the flick, and the ball hits his front leg. Impact looks to be in front of leg, but is that going down leg stump? No it's not! Umpire's call so Marsh must walk back. Another wicket for Booom-rah! 114/4
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    50.3 chopped on! Ishant gets the breakthrough. Goes full outside off stump, and Head's attempted cover drive has taken an inside edge onto leg stump! Head himself can't believe it. But Ishant can, and he roars in delight. Excellent facial expressions from the big man 157/6
    39.1 Jadeja leaves Australia five down and sinking. Good overhead catch from Kohli at short cover. Jadeja pushes it through outside off. No real turn. Marsh, having slog-swept Jadeja for six off his previous ball, now aims to slam him over the covers. He only hands a catch to Kohli 135/5
    61.3 got him! That angle has worked for Jadeja. Length ball sliding across the batsman, and Paine looks to cut. The ball stays low, finds the bottom-edge off his bat, and Pant has done very well to hold on to this catch. Drinks break too 176/7
    88.2 edged and taken! Pujara takes a moderately difficult catch. Length ball angling into Cummins, and he's forced to defend. The ball swings away oh so slightly and when Cummins sticks his bat out, all the ball can do is take a thick outside-edge off his bat. Pouched at first slip. An excellent Test match for Cummins comes to an end 261/9
    70.5 Shami cleans up Starc. India're two away from 2-1. Fuller than a good length, angling in from round the wicket, straightens a touch, Starc aims for a roundhouse swipe and only collects thin air. Knocked 'em over 215/8
    89.3 India win their 150th Test match! And they go 2-1 up in this Border-Gavaskar series. Short from Ishant, and Lyon tries to pull. Takes the top edge, and Pant makes no mistake. Start the celebrations! 261/10
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    Extras
    10 (b 2, lb 6, w 2)
    TOTAL
    261 all out (89.3 Overs, RR: 2.91)
    Fall of wickets: 1-6 (AJ Finch, 1.2 ov), 2-33 (MS Harris, 9.2 ov), 3-63 (UT Khawaja, 20.6 ov), 4-114 (SE Marsh, 32.2 ov), 5-135 (MR Marsh, 39.1 ov), 6-157 (TM Head, 50.3 ov), 7-176 (TD Paine, 61.3 ov), 8-215 (MA Starc, 70.5 ov), 9-261 (PJ Cummins, 88.2 ov), 10-261 (NM Lyon, 89.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    I Sharma14.314022.7500
    JJ Bumrah1935332.7820
    RA Jadeja3268232.5600
    Mohammed Shami2127123.3800
    GH Vihari31702.3300

Close of Play

  • Wed, 26 Dec - day 1 - India 1st innings 215/2 (CA Pujara 68*, V Kohli 47*, 89 ov)
  • Thu, 27 Dec - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 8/0 (MS Harris 5*, AJ Finch 3*, 6 ov)
  • Fri, 28 Dec - day 3 - India 2nd innings 54/5 (MA Agarwal 28*, RR Pant 6*, 27 ov)
  • Sat, 29 Dec - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 258/8 (PJ Cummins 61*, NM Lyon 6*, 85 ov)
  • Sun, 30 Dec - day 5 - Australia 2nd innings 261 (89.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Australia 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st6AJ FinchMS Harris
2nd27UT KhawajaMS Harris
3rd30SE MarshUT Khawaja
4th51SE MarshTM Head
5th21MR MarshTM Head
6th22TD PaineTM Head
7th19TD PainePJ Cummins
8th39MA StarcPJ Cummins
9th46NM LyonPJ Cummins
10th0NM LyonJR Hazlewood