Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

India beat Australia in third Test by 137 runs

India beat Australia in third Test by 137 runs

In what was a clinical display by the Indian team, the visitors registered a 137-run win over Australia in the third Test on Sunday.

They were chasing an unlikely target of 399 but were helped when rain began to fall in Victoria on Sunday morning.

Five balls later, Ishant Sharma got rid of Nathan Lyon (7), caught behind as Rishabh Pant took his 20th dismissal in this series, which is highest by any Indian wicket-keeper.

Kohli said he was most proud of the way the team bounced back after losing in Perth.

No team before had made more than 332 to win, and that was in 1928 by England. "There's a little bit from our side, you've also got to give them a huge amount of credit for the way they've been bowling as a group in this series and probably the last 12 months".

Paine's men must defeat India in Sydney to draw the series and deny the tourists a first Test series win away to Australia.

That gulf was something ruthlessly exposed by India on an MCG pitch that required methodical, consistent cricket beyond the home side's means, underlining the fact that next to all the noise and hand-wringing about whether or not Smith and Warner can be reintegrated successfully, the cold and unavoidable calculation is that Cricket Australia and Paine's team quite simply have no choice but to do so.

Tailender Cummins, who is rapidly proving himself to a very capable all-rounder, tipped by some as a future Australia captain, had kept his side in the hunt with an impressive 61 not out on Saturday. Lyon added one to his overnight total.

The pair's year-long suspensions for ball-tampering run out in late March and it is widely believed that they will be reintegrated quickly into the team. Cheteshwar Pujara was the rock India never had before they developed this fastbowling arsenal.

Shastri in past has received a lot of flak for his bindass attitude and looks like, this is one instance.

He played 10 Test matches this year and scored 760 runs at an average of 44.70 including a solitary century and 6 fifties.

Speaking about Bumrah, after winning the third Test match, Virat Kohli attributed his emergence as a lethal pacer to India's "amazing domestic structure". In reply, Australia were bowled out for 151 runs as Man of Match Bumrah grabbed six wickets.

In particular, opener Aaron Finch is most at risk of being dropped after scoring eight and three at the MCG to continue his tough debut home series where he's averaged 16. He said that the youngster should be included in the squad with Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja opening the innings for the hosts, followed by Shaun Marsh and then the Queenslander.

Travis Head and Paine put up some resistance before Cummins ensured it went into a fifth day.

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