Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja claimed three wickets each as India registered an emphatic 137-run win in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series Down Under. Fast bowler Ishant Sharma (2/71) claimed the final wicket of the day in Nathan Lyon (7) to wrap Australia for 261 runs in a tough chase of 399 runs. Mohammed Shami also contributed with two wickets but didn't bowl a single over on the rain-delayed Day 5 at the MCG. Earlier, the morning session was washed out due to rain. All-rounder Pat Cummins waged a lone battle with a 114-ball 63 after the home team's collapse in successive innings of the Test match. Pat Cummins scored a gritty half-century on Saturday to keep Australia alive on the penultimate day of the Test. The visitors got extra 30 minutes to bundle out the Australian team but failed to dismiss the tail-enders. Cummins was on 61 (not out) and Nathan Lyon unbeaten on six as Australia ended the Day 4 at 258/8, 141 runs away from win. Skipper Virat Kohli has declared India's second innings at 106 for eight, leaving Australia to chase a record fourth innings total of 399 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. (SCORECARD)
Highlights between India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 5, from Melbourne Cricket Ground.
07:55 IST: And that brings an end to the play on Day 5 of the third Test between India and Australia. Thank you for joining us for the live coverage.
07:48 IST: WICKET! AND INDIA BEAT AUSTRALIA BY 137 RUNS. Ishant Sharma claims the final wicket, removes Nathan Lyon for seven runs to bowl out Australia for 261 in 89.3 overs. India conclude the year on a high.
07:47 IST: This has been a career-best knock for Pat Cummins.
07:44 IST: Josh Hazlewood comes to the crease.
07:41 IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah gives India a much-needed breakthrough, dismisses Pat Cummins for 63 to claim his third wicket. Cummins scored five boundaries and a six in his gritty 114-ball knock. It brings an end to the 46-run partnership stand and a resilience to keep Australia in contest.
07:39 IST: Nathan Lyon survives a tough over by Ishant Sharma. Australia are still 138 runs away from the victory.
07:35 IST: Bumrah starts with a maiden over. Nathan Lyon will be on strike for the next over.
07:31 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to attack from the other end.
07:30 IST: End of the first session post lunch. Australia are 261/8, need 138 runs to win.
07:27 IST: The ground staff is back on the field. But this time, to fix the foot marks for Ishant Sharma.
07:24 IST: We are all set for some cricket action on Day 5 in Melbourne. Following a washed out first session, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon are out in the middle to resume Australia's tough chase. Ishant Sharma to bowl the first over for India.
06:55 IST: If the play starts at 7:25 IST, there will be a loss of 11 overs and maximum 71 overs will be played in the remaining two sessions.
06:48 IST: The early lunch has been taken due to rain. The play will resume at 7:25 IST if there's no further rain in Melbourne.
06:28 IST: The lunch will be taken early at 6:45 IST due to heavy rain.
06:10 IST: The rain has got heavier in Melbourne. The sky looks gloomier now.
05:28 IST: The rain is getting heavier in Melbourne. The wait continues.
05:24 IST: The drizzle is back and the covers are back on!
05:18 IST: The play will begin at 5:30 IST if there's no further rain in Melbourne.
05:15 IST: The covers are coming off. The umpires are out on the field, inspecting the conditions.
05:08 IST: Following remarkable resistance by Australia's recently discovered 'all-rounder' Pat Cummins on Day 4, the rain keeps Australia's hope alive.
04:59 IST: The play has been delayed due to rain.
04:55 IST: The Melbourne Cricket Ground is currently under a cloud cover.
04:50 IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the fifth and final day of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia in Melbourne.
The previous biggest successful run chase at the ground came in 1928, when England made 332 for seven. India still have a day in hand to wrap up the last two wickets as they zero in on a first-ever series win Down Under. There is just the Sydney Test next week to go, with the series level at 1-1. Australia's task was made harder when Aaron Finch again flopped, throwing his role as a Test opener under ever more scrutiny with speculation that he either has to drop down the order in Sydney or make way for someone else.
He played a poor shot to pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who snared six wickets in the first innings, and was caught by Kohli for three. Fellow opener Marcus Harris followed him back to the pavilion for 13, getting an inside edge from spinner Ravindra Jadeja to Mayank Agarwal close in. Usman Khawaja was the next to go after a lively 33, trapped LBW by Mohammed Shami. He chose to review the decision with the ball-tracking technology showing it clearly hitting the off stump. When Shaun Marsh was also trapped leg before by Bumrah for a brisk 44 and his brother Mitch, another candidate for the Sydney axe, fell for 10, Australia's faint survival hopes were fading fast.