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On This Day in 2019: India Record a Historic First Test Series Win in Australia

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Last Updated: January 07, 2021, 09:05 IST

On This Day in 2019: India Record a Historic First Test Series Win in Australia

Kuldeep Yadav picked up 5 to bowl out Australia for 300. India enforced the follow-on and would have in all likelihood made it 3-1 if not for rain playing spoilsport.

January 7, 2019 will remain one of the greatest days in India’s Test cricket history. The visitors drew the final Test at the SCG (January 3-7, 2019) and with it beat Australia 2-1 in the four-match series to record a historic series win Down Under - their first in 12 tours to Australia. Cheteshwar Pujara scored 193 while Rishabh Pant hammered an unbeaten 159 off just 189 deliveries in the first innings as India amassed a massive 622 for 7 - almost making it impossible for them to be defeated in the match. Kuldeep Yadav picked up 5 to bowl out Australia for 300. India enforced the follow-on and would have in all likelihood made it 3-1 if not for rain playing spoilsport.

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Pujara was India’s star with the bat. He aggregated 521 runs in 4 Tests at an average of 74.42 with 3 hundreds. Pant and Virat Kohli also registered a century each in the series.

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Jasprit Bumrah was the joint-highest wicket-taker with 21 wickets in the 4 matches at a bowling average of 17 and strike rate of 44.9. He was well supported by Mohammed Shami who bagged 16 wickets at 26.18 a piece. Ishant Sharma also picked 11 wickets in the three Tests he played in the series at an average of 23.81.

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India had won the series opener in Adelaide by 31 runs - Pujara with a fine 123 in the first innings was the standout performer for India. However, Australia levelled the series with a thumping win in Perth. Pujara’s second hundred of the series coupled with fifties from Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma gave India a huge first innings total at the MCG and Bumrah did the rest picking 6 wickets routing the home team for 151 in the first innings. India went on to win by 137 runs and took a 2-1 lead in the series which remained the final scoreline.

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first published:January 07, 2021, 08:54 IST
last updated:January 07, 2021, 09:05 IST