The Australian cricket team hit a new low on Day 4 of the Boxing Day Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as they got bowled for 200 in their second innings, with not a single batsman managing to score a half-century.
Australia lost their last 4 wickets in the extended first session on Tuesday, managing to add just 67 runs to their overnight score of 133 for 6 to set India a paltry target of 70 runs to win the Test and level the four-match series.
This is the first time in nearly 31 years that not a single Australian batsman managed to score a half-century in a home Test, something which happened with them against the West Indies at the MCG in 1988-89.
There hasn’t even been a single century from the Aussies since the last Border-Gavaskar Test series Down Under in 2018-19, whereas Indian batsmen have scored 6 centuries till now.
The last time none of Australia’s batsman failed to reach 50 in a home Test was against West Indies at the MCG in 1988/89
Highest score of this Test is Labuschagne’s 48 in the first innings.#AUSvIND
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This is also the first time in this century that Australia couldn’t score 200 runs in 100 or less overs. They had reached 196 for 9 by the 100th over.
Jasprit Bumrah started the damage after the first hour with the wicket of Pat Cummins before Mohammad Siraj sent back Cameron Green and Nathan Lyon in quick succession. Ravichandran Ashwin wrapped up the innings with Josh Hazlewood’s wicket in the final over before the Lunch break.
Young all-rounder Green’s 45 and Matthew Wade’s 40 were the only two scores of some significance for the hosts while the rest failed yet again in this series.
Siraj finished as the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets for 37 while Bumrah, Ashwin and Jadeja got a couple each and Umesh Yadav, who bowled just 3.3 overs in this innings before going off the field with a calf injury, got 1 wicket.
Green and Cummins’s 7th-wicket partnership was the highest for Australia in this innings as the Indian bowlers dominated proceedings once again to take the visitors within touching distance of a memorable win in Melbourne.
India’s performance in Melbourne represents a stunning reversal of form, following an embarrassing 8-wicket loss in the series-opening Pink-ball Test at the Adelaide Oval last week in which they were bowled out for a record low of 36 in the second innings.