The match began as Australia won the toss and their skipper Tim Paine opted to bat first. The Australian skipper was looking forward to put up a big score for the Indian batsmen to chase. He was thinking like Virat Kohli that they could give a follow-on if India got all-out really soon. However, things didn’t seem to happen that way as in the 5th over, the Australian opener Joe Burns (0 in 10) got out. Consequently, Marnus Labuschagne came in at 3 to support Matthew Wade. The two batsmen were playing brilliantly until the 13th over when Ashwin dismissed Matthew Wade (30 in 39). Then came Steven Smith but he failed to make an impact as Ashwin struck once again in the 15th over to duck out Smith (0 in 8). Now, Australia were in a really vulnerable position as they were 38-3.
However, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne played good knocks to give the Australian innings a boost. Finally, in the 42nd over, Head (38 in 92) got out. Soon after him in the 50th over, Labuschagne (48 in 132) also got dismissed. So, Cameron Green and Tim Paine came to the crease. They played a few good overs but then the Australian lineup just went crumbling down. One after the other, Green (12 in 60), Paine (13 in 38), Starc (7 in 8), Lyon (20 in 17), and Cummins (9 in 33) got out. However, the tailenders (Hazlewood (4* in 1)) had done a good job to get some runs before getting out. As a result, India had managed to get Australia all-out at a total of 195.
India 1st Innings:
Now, India needed 196 runs to take the lead from the hosts. So, Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal opened the innings for India. Shubman Gill was making his debut and hence, all eyes were on him. However, India lost an early wicket as Mayank Agarwal (0 in 6) got out in the first over itself. Consequently, Cheteshwar Pujara came in at 3. However, the debutant Shubman Gill didn’t let the pressure get to him. He opened his account with an excellent boundary. He batted really well along with Pujara and with that, Day 1 came to an end. India registered a total of 36-1 in 11 overs on the end of Day 1 at the MCG.
The pitch is in favor of the batsmen and the bowlers. Hence, it was quite a good day for the visitors as they got to see some amazing moments. Now, India will be looking forward to bat through the entire day tomorrow and take the lead from Australia. They’ll try to get a good lead of 300+ at least so they can focus on getting the hosts all-out early in their second innings. So, stay tuned as Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test will be beginning tomorrow at 4:45 am.