India and Australia will match in the Boxing Day Test starting December 26 at the sacred Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and India will look for a repeat of the feat they gave the last time they were at the venue . During India’s 2018/19 tour, attendees had reached the Border-Gavaskar Series by winning the third Test at the MCG in what was India’s third win at the ‘G’ in 13 tries. The other two wins were in 1977-78 and 1981.
Here’s a summary of all the tests played between the two teams at the MCG
1.1-5 January 1948 – Australia won by 222 runs
Australia took the very first Test they played against India in the MCG with 222 runs. Sir Donald Bradman scored centuries in both innings when Australia posted 394 and 255/4. India declared on 291/9 in the first innings and was eliminated for 125 in the second, chasing for 359 runs.
2.6-10 February 1948 – Australia won by innings and 177 runs
Australia piled up a massive 575/8, then shot India for 331 and 67 to win with an innings and 177 runs. Neil Harvey hit 153 for the hosts while Bradman got 57. Vinoo Mankad hit 111 for India in the first innings, but the team capitulated in the second.
3. December 30, 1967 – January 3, 1968 – Australia won by one innings and four runs
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi’s brave 75 in the first innings, followed by 85 in the second, were to no avail, as centuries of Bob Simpson (109), Bill Lawry (100) and Ian Chappell (151) helped Australia win by one innings and four runs . India was bundled for 173 and 252 against Australia’s 529.
December 30, 1977 – January 4, 1978 – India won by 222 runs
India recorded their first win at the MCG in 1977-78 when Bishan Singh Bedi and Bhagwath Chandrasekar took together 18 of the 20 Australian wickets in an emphatic 222 points win. Gundappa Viswanath batted fifty in both innings while Sunil Gavaskar hit a century in the second. India made 256 and 343 against Australia’s 213 and 164.
February 7-11, 1981 – India won by 59 points
Perhaps the most iconic of all of India’s victories at the MCG came when Kapil Dev raced through Australia in the second innings of the 1981 Test. India defended just 143 runs and won by 59 when Kapil Dev returned 5/28 in a threatening spell of 16.4 overs to eject the hosts for 83. Viswanath scored a century in the first innings when India made 237 and 324. Australia got 419 in the first innings.
6.26-30 December 1985 – tie
Kris Srikkanth, Kapil Dev and Dilip Vengsarkar got fifty for India and Greg Matthews hit a century for Australia when the teams drew in the 1985 Test. India made 445 and 59/2 against Australia’s 262 and 308.
December 26-29, 1991 – Australia won by eight wickets
Australia jerked to an eight-wicket victory thanks to a 12-wicket match by Bruce Reid and the 1950s by Geoff Marsh, Dean Jones, Ian Healy and Mark Taylor. India was eliminated for 263 and 213 while Australia got 349 and 128/2.
December 26-30, 1999 – Australia won by 180 runs
Sachin Tendulkar’s 116 in the first innings and 52 in the second were unsuccessful when Australia beat India by 180 runs. Michael Slater, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh all got into the 1950s when Australia declared 405 and 208/5 and threw India out for 238 and 195.
December 26-30, 2003 – Australia won by nine wickets
Virender Sehwag’s 195 was eclipsed by Ricky Ponting’s 257 and Matthew Hayden’s 136 when Australia hit a run-fest and won by nine wickets. The hosts answered India’s 366 with 558 in the first innings before pitching the Indians for 286 in the second essay.
10.26-30 December 2007 – Australia won by 337 runs
Hayden again starred with 124 in the first innings helping Australia to 343. They supported that with declared 351/7 in the second, even as India was fired for 196 and 161 losing with 337 runs.
11.26-30 December 2011 – Australia won by 122 runs
A 122-run victory in the first Test of India’s 2011-12 tour set the tone for a 4-0 thrashing of the visitors. Australia made 333 and 240 and threw India away for 282 and 169.
December 26-30, 2014 – Contest drawn
A test that will be remembered as MS Dhoni’s last was drawn when India replied to Australia’s 530 with 465 in the first innings and retired the hosts’ 318/9, declared 174/6 in the second innings before stumps were drawn. Steve Smith hit 192, which was matched by Virat Kohli’s 169 and Ajinkya Rahane’s 147 in the first innings.
December 26-30, 2018 – India won by 137 runs
India won their first-ever Test series on Australian soil on their 2018/19 tour and they took a 2-1 lead in the series by winning the Melbourne Test by 137 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara’s 106 took India to 443/7 declared in the first innings before Jasprit Bumrah ran through Australia’s lineup and took nine wickets in the game when Australia was discarded for 151 and 261.
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