India vs Australia live score, 2nd Test Day 1: Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Matthew Wade for 30 as India took early advantage in the Boxing Day Test. Jasprit Bumrah struck early to remove Australia opener Joe Burns for a duck after the host captain Tim Paine won the toss and opted to bat first. For cricket fans, the day after Christmas is always special as it brings the Boxing Day Test. India would be hoping that there is something inside their box that helps them turn things around in the 2nd Test against Australia. Under the leadership of stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, India have made four changes to their playing XI that lost in Adelaide. Young Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj are making their debuts while a fit-again Ravindra Jadeja has come in for regular captain Virat Kohli while Wriddhiman Saha has been replaced by Rishabh Pant as India have taken drastic measures after the lowest of lows in Adelaide. There are exact opposite scenes in the Australian camp. Despite David Warner’s unavailability, they look a settled unit, captain Tim Paine never looked so good, so certain. So it will be advantage Australia in the IND vs AUS 2nd Test.
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Ashwin gets Steve Smith for a duck
OUT! Look at Ashwin go, no one can catch him. He has dismissed Steve Smith for a duck – Ashwin had got Smith for 1 in the first Test. The leg side trap has worked for India. It pitched around off, turned and bounced, took the glove off Smith and Pujara at leg slip dives towards his left to take a good catch. It’s all happening at the MCG. Australia are 38/3.
Bumrah bowls a maiden to Smith
This is classic Test match cricket. Your best bowler against the opposition’s best batsman. And Bumrah is the one who starts off well. He bowls a maiden to Steve Smith. Bumrah has been simply superb this morning.
Ashwin gets Wade
OUT! Brilliant catch by Jadeja, Ashwin strikes in his second over. It was shocker of a shot from Matthew Wade. He was looking to be positive alright but this was suicidal. He charged down the track, didn’t get to the pitch of the ball but decided to go for it, ended up getting a leading edge. Jadeja and Shubamn Gill were very close to colliding with each other but Jadeja held his nerve and also the catch to give India their second wicket of the morning. Wade goes for 30, Australia 35/2.
Wade sweeps Ashwin
FOUR! Wade tried that in the first ball of Ashwin’s second over, didn’t succeed but now he connects and connects it well. The ball races away for a boundary.
Fine first over from Ashwin
Encouraging signs straightaway from India and Ashwin. He troubled Marnus Labuschagne. Ashwin beat him on the off side and also got an inside which just eluded the backward short-leg fielder.
Bowling change – It’s Ashwin
Right then, here’s the first surprise from captain Rahane. 10 overs have been bowled and he has made his first bowling change. But it’s not the debutant Mohammed Siraj. He has thrown the ball to his premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Wade looking to be positive
Big stride forward and Wade finds the big gap between point and mid off. It doesn’t have the legs to go all the way but he will run three. It has been a mixed bag of an innings from Wade so far. He has played some confident strokes through off side but he has also been beaten a few times.
Much better from Umesh Yadav
That’s more like it from Umesh Yadav. His lines and lengths were much much better in this over and the result was there, he beat Wade on the outside and had him hopping when it just shape back in. Australia 20/1 after 8 overs.
Bumrah making the new ball talk
Jasprit Bumrah just looks a class apart. After getting Burns with consistent ouswingers, he now comes around the wicket to Wade to tuck him up. He has been exceptional with the new ball so far, India would be hoping he gets another before the end of his spell.
Umesh Yadav leaking runs
He was full outside off, then strayed down the leg side twice to both Labuschangne and Wade, a forgettable over from Umesh Yadav. The left and right combination is bothering him. He has given away 16 runs in his 3 overs so far. Australia 17/1 after 6 overs.
Yadav to Wade: FOUR
“Shot of the day,” says Nick Knight on commentary and he is spot on. Big stride in, perhaps the biggest from an Australian batsman today and Wade drives it straight past the short mid-off fielder and it races away for the second boundary for the left-hander. Umesh Yadav has to be careful about his length.
Bumrah gets Burns for a duck
OUT! This was on the cards, wasn’t it? Bumrah was troubling Burns throughout and now he finds the outside edge of his bat with a brilliant delivery. It was pitched on length just around the off stump and shaped away – Bumrah has been getting that away movement right from ball one – to kiss the outside half of Burns’ bat. Rishabh Pant made no mistake behind the stumps, Burns has to go for a duck. Australia 10/1
First boundary for Australia
FOUR! In his quest to extract more swing, Yadav overpitches and pays the price. Wade brings the big cover drive out to hit the first boundary of the Boxing Day Test. Australia 10/0 after 4 overs.
Did it carry? Wade survives
Edged and perhaps just falls sort of the outstretched left hand of debutant Shubman Gill in the slop cordon. It was a brilliant delivery from Umesh Yadav, the perfect length and line, just shaping away from Wade, who got an outside edge but it just died inches before it reached Gill. Two runs to Australia.
A misfield by captain Ajinkya Rahane at Gully which will allow Matthew Wade to pick up a single off Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling. Australia 4/0 but Bumrah is looking very threatening.
Matthew Wade off the mark
Full and wide from Umesh Yadav and Wade drives confidently, first runs for Australia and also for the left-hander. They will take three as Jadeja chases it down just ahead of the boundary ropes.
Bumrah starts well
Beaten again, a maiden from Bumrah! Good start from India’s pace spearhead. All six of his deliveries had a hint of away swing. Burns looked a flashy for an opening batsman to be honest. Australia 0/0
Bumrah beats Burns
Beauty from Bumrah! The first two deliveries were a bit wide but this one was just perfect from Bumrah. It pitched around the fifth stump and shaped away to beat the tentative push from Joe Burns.
Play about to begin
Australia openers Joe Burns and Matthew Wade are out in the middle. Jasprit Bumrah has the new ball in hand for India. It’s Boxing Day folks, Here we go!
Big day for Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj
Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj are making their debuts for India. The last time India played with multiple debutants was in 2013 against West Indies at Kolkata with Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami being the debutants.
The last time India played with multiple debutants against Australia was in 2004 at Mumbai with Dinesh Karthik and Gautam Gambhir being the debutants.
This is only the 4th instance of India playing with multiple debutants in a Test match in Australia. The last such instance was in 1967 at Adelaide with Umesh Kulkarni and Syed Abid Ali being the debutants.
Since 1993, this is the 1st instance of any team with multiple debutants at MCG. South Africa were the last team to do so with Gary Kirsten and Fannie de Villiers as debutantes.
100th Test match between India-Australia
As if we needed an occasion to celebrate India vs Australia. But it doesn’t hurt when you get one. Today’s India vs Australia Boxing Day Test is the 100th Test match between these two countries, only England have played more against Australia, tells you about the rich history between India and Australia.
IND vs AUS live score, 2nd Test Day 1
“Christmas was very quiet, we had half the families here. We didn’t the big buffet which was a pretty good thing (laughs). We had a good night at Adelaide, but we have spoken about the fact that series wins are more important over individual wins. Every match becomes important with the WTC points as well now. Obviously David Warner has missed the game. He should be ready for the next one which is exciting, but we have great depth in our side,” said Tim Paine at the toss.
‘It’s an honour’ for Ajinkya Rahane
“First of all it is an honour to lead my country and this bunch of guys. We dominated the first two days at Adelaide and it was just that one hour that took it away from us. We just need to focus on the moment. Really excited for Shubhman and Siraj; they have worked really hard and have great FC records. Jadeja is a quality all-rounder, is batting really well lately and adds that balance as well. We were looking to bat first as well, but we now have to be patient,” said Rahane at the toss.
India Playing XI
Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Australia (Playing XI)
Matthew Wade, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Australia win the toss and opt to bat first against India in Melbourne. It was a no-brainer for Tim Paine actually, the side winning the toss had to bat first.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 25, 2020
Big test for Ajinkya Rahane
Virat Kohli not being there for a Test match as big as this is a big thing. For Ajinkya Rahane, it is even bigger. It not only places him on the centrestage but also makes him the focal point of India’s quest to turn things around in this series. Rahane has led India twice – one against Australia in 2017 and once against Afghanistan in 2018 – and on both occasions, India won. This time, however, it will be a different test altogether. India are trailing 1-0 and he will lead India for three matches on the trot as Kohli has flown back home for the birth of is child.
Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj get Test caps
Shubman Gill has been handed over his Test cap by head coach Ravi Shastri. Mohammed Siraj gets his cap from Ravichandran Ashwin.
Australia are likely to field an unchanged XI that beat India by 8 wickets in the first Test. That means Joe Burns and Matthew Wade will continue to open the batting. There were of course, no question marks on the spots of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Nathan Lyon.
IND vs AUS 2nd Test live : Four changes for India
Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj are set to make their debuts today. Gill will open the batting with Mayank Agarwal. If luck favours him then Siraj might start with the new ball (depending on the toss of course). The other two big changes in the Indian side of course are the returns of Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant in place of Virat kohli and Wriddhiman Saha.
India vs Australia live score, 2nd Test Day 1
Christmas parties are over (or about to be) and the cricket fever will now set in. Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the India vs Australia 2nd Test in Melbourne. It’s IND vs AUS and it’s Boxing Day, it doesn’t get bigger than this.