India knock out Australia in the Boxing Day test

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India thumped Australia by eight wickets in the second Test on the fourth day to level the four-match series 1-1, at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Tuesday.

This has been a complete performance from them with their stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane leading from the front.

Rahane continues his golden touch – he has now won all three Tests as India captain – twice he has led in wins over Australia and once against Afghanistan.

For his sterling contribution, Rahane was named Player of the Match in the Boxing Day Test.

He also became the first person to be honoured with the Mullagh medal, a new and unique accolade named in honour of trailblazing Indigenous cricketer Johnny Mullagh.

Mullagh was the leader of the 1868 Aboriginal tour to the United Kingdom.

Chasing a mere 70 to win, India overhauled to target in 15.5 overs with more than four sessions to spare.

India had lost the first pink-ball Test in Adelaide.

Skipper Ajinkya Rahane (27 not out) and opener Shubhman Gill (35 not out) took the side past the finish line after India lost Mayank Agarwal (5) and Pujara (3).

India had wrapped up Australia’s second innings for 200 in the extended opening session on Tuesday morning after the hosts began at 133 for six.

India had taken a 131-run lead on the third day with skipper Rahane (112) and Jadeja (57) taking the hosts to 326 in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 195.

Number six Cameron Green was top-scorer for the hosts with his 45-run knock while make-shift opener Matthew Wade made 40.

Green and Cummins (22) added 57 runs for the seventh wicket with the pitch offering nothing to the bowlers. The partnership was broken only after the new ball was taken.

For India, debutant pacer Mohammed Siraj (3/37) took three wickets while Bumrah (2/54) and Jadeja (2/28) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2/71) took two wickets apiece.