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Dec 26, 2014

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India trail Australia 2-0, and must win the remaining two Tests to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India have been in a winning position in both Adelaide and Brisbane, but they failed to cash in on their chances. Ishant Sharma and Murali Vijay have been India’s main performers, though Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have batted well also.

For Australia, Steven Smith and David Warner have been the standout performers, while Josh Hazlewood had a superb debut at Brisbane. But in the end, the Gabba Test was decided by that man, Mitchell Johnson. First, he turned the match with the bat, hitting an excellent 88, and then he blew away India’s middle order, taking the wickets of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Rohit Sharma very early.


In case you missed out on what happened on Day One, here is Nishad Pai Vaidya’s day report.


Ishant and Umesh are bowling well. Haddin is playing a strange innings, he is doing his best to score quickly but he is not at all looking convincing. Smith at the other end is secure, as he usually is. Mohammed Shami to bowl the 90th over of the innings. Just four runs off the over, so that will be stumps on Day One.

Ishant opens with the new ball. Haddin flashes outside his off stump and gets four off the last ball, but it was a risky shot. Here’s Umesh now. Five runs off that over. Ishant continues. India have maintained an impressive over-ratem especially given that the first hour saw just 13 overs bowled.

Vijay continues. Just one run off that over. Ashwin again. One run off the first five balls, but Haddin goes long off the last ball! Big six! The new ball is now due, but Vijay has the ball. Smith and Haddin continue to poke the ball around, five runs taken off that over. And now the new ball has been taken.

 


Ashwin continues. Just the run off that over. Umesh again. Just three off that one. Drinks called onto the field now. Ashwin again, and just a run off that over. Here’s Murali Vijay for another spell. And just a couple of runs off the over. Ashwin once again. And again mere singles off the over, this is good stuff from the Indians.

 


So India continue to peg away at the wickets. Another wicket now, especially Smith, and they will feel they are ahead. Haddin comes in, and Ashwin continues. Dhoni has been changing around his bowlers a lot today.

 


 


Ishant continues. Smith finds four more! Moves onto 49 now. Ishant hasn’t taken a wicket yet, but he has been steady. Ashwin again from the other end. Burns on strike. It’s a maiden over. Umesh comes into the attack now. And Smith gets his fifty. By now it’s almost a habit for him! Burns on strike again. AND HE’S GONE! Umesh gets the debutant! Burns bottom-edges a pull shot through to Dhoni!
OUT! J Burns 13(27) c Dhoni b Umesh

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Shami again. SHOT! Smith pulls this one with authority and gets four down fine leg. Only scoring shot off the over. Here’s Ashwin now. Oh nicely played by the debutant! Burns takes on Ashwin and gets four over midwicket, it was a good shot played with the turn. Here’s Ishant. Burns plays it down to third man for four. Ashwin again. And Smith runs four after finding the gap. Lovely batting from him.

Joe Burns is the new batsman for Australia. But he won’t need to face a ball yet, Smith is on strike. Ashwin the bowler. Just a single off the fifth ball so Burns to face his first delivery in international cricket now. And he defends. Shami continues. Single to Smith. Burns on strike now. And he defends again. Looks a bit tentative, but he’s watching the ball well. And he’s off the mark with three. First runs in Test cricket! Ashwin bowls another quiet over.

 


Ashwin resumes after tea. Oh what a shot! Steven Smith steps out and launches Ashwin over long-on for six! Is this man the best batsman in Australia? He’s certainly making a case for himself here. Here’s Shami. AND HE GETS HIS MAN! Marsh flashes outside his off stump and offers a simple chance for Dhoni behind the stumps!
OUT! S Marsh 32(83) c Dhoni b Shami

In case you missed out on any of the action, you can read the the tea report here.


Last couple of overs before tea now. This has been a shared session so far, India did well to take a couple of wickets, but since then this pair has done well to consolidate their position. They have got a vital 50-run alliance. Ashwin back into the attack now. Keeps Marsh on his toes. Shami continues at the other end. Bowls one wide and Marsh cuts it away. So Australia head to tea at 174 for three.

Murali Vijay into the attack now. He hasn’t done too badly for India this series. He might not have taken any wickets, but he has done a good job of keeping the runs down. Beats Marsh outside off. Umesh continues from the other end. Australia now beginning to get some momentum.

Meanwhile just a few thousand kilometers away, Brendon McCullum is going hammer and tongs against Sri Lanka. He has scored the fastest ton by a Kiwi, and hit Suranga Lakmal for 26 runs in an over! You can catch the live scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka here.


Smith and Marsh now starting to score a few runs. Marsh hits Ashwin over mid-on for a boundary, and an over later Smith takes on Ashwin and hits him inside out over covers for four. Marsh hits Umesh for a four off the first ball of the next over.

Ishant and Ashwin bowling in tandem. Probably two of India’s best bowlers on the day. Caught behind appeal off Ishant turned down, that one came off Marsh’s “love handles” as Haydos said. Ashwin bowling to Smith now. These two had an engaging battle at The Gabba. It was a battle Smith had won. Ashwin bowls a maiden this time though.

 


 


 


Ashwin and Shami keeping things tight here. They haven’t given Smith and Marsh easy scoring opportunities. Just five runs scored since Watto’s dismissal, only three off the bat.

OH GONE! ANOTHER WICKET! That’s Watto, out LBW to Ashwin! It’s all happening after lunch, two fifties and now both men back in the hut. Shaun Marsh walks in at No. 5 to take strike.
OUT! S Watson 52(89) LBW b Ashwin

Each of the last four overs have been bowled by four different bowlers. Shami comes in now. OH AND HE STRIKES! That’s the end of Buck Rogers! In walks the skipper, Steven Smith. He has been the batsman of the series so far.
OUT! C Rogers 57(126) c Dhoni b Shami

Watson inches his way to another half-century at MCG. He loves batting here! Ishant continues. And Watto gets his fifty! Fifth at MCG to go with a hundred. He loves batting here.

Umesh continues. Three for Rogers, he moves up to 49 now. Oh poor work from Kohli, misfield goes for four! Ishant again. And Rogers takes a single that takes him to a half-century, his third in three innings!

Ishant starts proceedings after lunch. Short ball to begin with. Dot ball to start off with. And another. Four dot balls in a row. And there’s the fifth. And it’s a maiden over to get things off.

In case you missed any of the action, you can catch the lunch report here.


 


Ashwin bowling well to Rogers, he isn’t letting him score freely, but at the other end, Shami continues to bowl short and wide. Aswhin will bowl the final over before lunch. Bit of a misfield, and that allows Watto to get two. Australia get to 92 for one at lunch.

Ashwin continues to look good against Rogers, he bowls his second maiden in a row. Shami comes back from the other end. ANOTHER DROPPED CATCH in the slips! Shami found Watto’s outside edge, but Dhawan tried to dive across Ashwin at first slip and ended up making a mess of it. It would have gone comfortably to Ashwin. Poor cricket again from India!

First over of spin now, Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack. Just a run off that over. Umesh again. And another one-run over. Ashwin continues. And it’s a maiden over. Good period of cricket for India, they have slowed down the runs. Umesh concedes a couple off the last ball.

 


 


Rogers and Watson have weathered the early storm and are now scoring the runs at a fair clip. Shami continues to leak runs. Umesh Yadav comes on to bowl 19th over. Rogers and Watson both looking set for big scores here. Oh Umesh digs one in short, Rogers gloves it but it was just short of the man at leg slip.

 


Ishant continues bowling a probing line and length, but Chris Rogers is playing a superb innings here. This is the best he has looked in ages! Meanwhile, Shami hasn’t found much movement. Watson slams a short ball to the midwicket boundary, what a shot! Shami looking nonthreatening at the moment. Short ball, and Watto slaps it away past point, four more runs!

 


 


 


Rogers batting really well at the moment, he is driving with authority and taking back the advantage from India. Ishant comes back on, and bowls another decent over to Rogers, who is looking really good at the moment. Watson at the other end is looking good as well.

 


Umesh and Ishant continue to bowl well. Rogers gets the first boundary of the match in the seventh over, driving Ishant down the ground for four. Mohammed Shami comes on to bowl the ninth over of the day, and Rogers greets him with an off-drive for four. He ended the over with a short, wide ball that Rogers hit for another boundary.

Ishant and Umesh have bowled wonderfully this morning. Australia didn’t score a run till the fourth over, and even that was a bye. Chris Rogers scores the first run of the match. Ishant and Umesh both getting the ball to move around a bit, and the Australians are giving them due respect.

 


Umesh Yadav comes on from the other end, David Warner to take strike. OH HE’S GOT HIS MAN! UMESH YADAV HAS STRUCK EARLY! And that’s the huge wicket of David Warner, for a duck!
OUT! D Warner 0(6) c Dhawan b Umesh

Here’s Ishant with the first ball of the Test. Chris Rogers will face. And it’s a good one to begin with. Oh dear, “Buck” Rogers leaves one and it strikes him right in the box! Good over, it’s a maiden to start the game.

Teams:

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni(c&wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

Australia: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Steven Smith(c), Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns, Brad Haddin(wk), Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.


Toss: Australia have won the toss and have elected to bat. There are two changes in the Indian team with KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami coming into the team in place of Rohit Sharma and Varun Aaron.


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of Day One of the third Test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday. I am Shiamak Unwalla, and I will be bringing you live updates from the day’s play. Australia already lead the four-match series by a 2-0 margin, and it will be interesting to see how the Indian team responds in this iconic Boxing Day Test. India last won a Test in Melbourne in 1981.

Australia won the first Test at Adelaide by a margin of 48 runs and the Brisbane Test by a margin of four wickets. If Australia manage to win this Test they will also lift the series successfully. India still have a chance to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, but for that they must win both the remaining two games.

Teams:

Australia: Steven Smith (c), David Warner, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

India: MS Dhoni (c&wk), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Naman Ojha (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Karn Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Mohammed Shami.

Catch the Live Scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of the third Test between India and Australia