Australia defeated India in the first Adelaide Test to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The Indian team would like to win the recent match against Australia in the Boxing Day Test.
The Boxing-Day fixture between the two countries has seen a tough struggle. Many players have performed remarkably during this period.
Let’s take a look at five such memorable performances.
When Sehwag missed out on scoring a double century
Former opener Virender Sehwag played a memorable innings in the Boxing Day Test in 2003. He scored 195 runs with the help of 25 fours and five sixes in the first innings.
He missed a double century at the historic ground in Melbourne.
Aggressive batsman Sehwag was caught out on long on by Simon Katich in an effort to send the Fultos for six runs.
Ponting made his best score
The next day of Sehwag’s tremendous innings in the Boxing-Day Test played in 2003, Australia’s great batsman Ricky Ponting got a great innings. Ponting had scored 257 runs in his first innings. In his marathon innings, he hit 25 fours.
Let it be the best score of Ponting’s Test career. Thanks to his fine innings, host Australia won the Melbourne Test by nine wickets.
When Smith missed a double century
Melbourne pitch has been helpful to batsmen for some time. This is the reason that Australian batsman Steve Smith has scored runs here.
In the Boxing-Day Test in 2014, Smith scored 192 runs against India. During this, he also hit 15 fours and two sixes.
Confident batsman Smith was bowled by Umesh Yadav. This was only his second Test match as captain.
When Bumrah had six wickets in the first innings
Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has become an important link in Indian bowling. In a short span of time he has established himself in the team.
He took six wickets in Australia’s first innings in the Boxing-Day Test played in Melbourne in 2018. During this time, he had spent 33 runs in his bowling.
In reply to India’s 443, Australia were bowled out for 151 runs in their first innings.
Cummins took six wickets including Pujara, Kohli and Rahane
Australia’s Pat Cummins also bowled after Bumrah in the Boxing-Day Test played in 2018.
He took six wickets for just 27 runs in India’s second innings. During this time, he showed the top five batsmen the path of the pavilion, which included big wickets like Pujara, Kohli and Rahane.
However, due to poor batting, his team lost by 137 runs.