Jashpreet Bumrah and Ashwin bowled Australia out for 195 in the first innings of the Melbourne Test. Mohammad Siraj took two wickets in his debut Test. No Australian batsman has been able to put up a resistance in front of the Indian bowlers. The top order of Australia’s batting has practically failed.
Virat Kohli is not playing in the Boxing Day Test. In his absence, Ajinkya Rahane went down to toss with Australian captain Tim Payne. Payne decided to bat first after winning the toss. Australia failed to take advantage of the batting support wickets. On the contrary, Indian bowlers continue to take regular wickets taking advantage of the situation.
In reply, India lost their 1st wicket in the first over. Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc lbw Mayank Agrawal at the end of the first over of the Indian innings. But then Shubhaman Gill and Cheteshwar Poojara took over the game.
Shubhaman got a chance in this match instead of Prithvi Shaw. He is at the crease with 28 runs off 38 balls in his debut Test. At the end of the day, India’s score is 36/1. Pujara at the crease for 6 runs. India are 159 runs behind Australia.