The Melbourne Cricket Ground is now the most successful venue for India in Australia, as India beat Australia by 137 runs on the fifth day of the third Test match.
After an all-out brilliant show by the team, India has managed to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy, and take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.
VICTORY!! Congratulation #india and great win to retained #bordergavaskartrophy@imVkohli is the 1st Asian captain to go 2-1 up in the test series against Australia in Australia and most wins in overseas test as captain#INDvAUS#TeamIndia#BoxingDayTest pic.twitter.com/PPnlHXVTlS— Balaji K (@balagkrishh5) December 30, 2018
However, what is even more heartening for Indian cricket fans, is that this is only the second time that India has managed to win more than one Test match in a series in Australia.
After setting a record of 399 on the fourth day, India was quick to claim the final two wickets (in only 4.3 overs) in the last match of innings and Australia were rolled for 261.
It took India just 4.3 overs to get the final two wickets and wrap up a 137-run win over Australia on a rain-affected Day 5 in Melbourne.#AUSvIND REPORT 👇https://t.co/xithhAAvLu pic.twitter.com/75OH8hJrj5— ICC (@ICC) December 30, 2018
While a bouncer by Ishant Sharma dismissed Nathan Lyon, bowler Jasprit Bumrah managed to cut short Pat Cummings’ innings.
INDIA LEAD SERIES 2-1!With the wicket of Nathan Lyon, Ishant Sharma wraps Australia up for 261, powering his side to a convincing 137-run win at the MCG.#AUSvIND SCORECARD 👇https://t.co/XyVZQv8kRp pic.twitter.com/8o7GPf04yZ— ICC (@ICC) December 30, 2018
With this, Bumrah also set a record for the best performance by an Indian bowler in Australia.
With this test win, India has 11 Test wins away from home under Kohli’s captaincy, same as Saurav Ganguly.
While Saurav Ganguly achieved this number in 28 matches, Kohli achieved the same feat in 24 matches.
The final Test of the series will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 3.