All eyes are on Melbourne as India and Australia gear up for the crucial third Test of the four-match series. Australia bounced back from the defeat in the first Test with a thumping 146-run win over India in the second Test in Perth. It was a clinical performance from Australia as they won their first Test under Paine’s captaincy and also the first since the ball-tampering scandal.
Batting first, the hosts piled up 326 before bowling out India for 283 to take a 43-run lead. In the second innings, the hosts scored 243 to set Virat Kohli & Co. a target of 287. India, however, never looked in contention to chase down the total. They were eventually all out for just 140 in the first session of the final day.
The game also saw some sparks flying as both the captains were involved in several altercation which has perfectly set the tone for the remainder of the series. India, however, would have hoped that they played this crucial game at a different venue and not the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The visitors have a disastrous record in Tests at this iconic ground.
Till date, India have played 12 Tests in Melbourne and have won just two. However, those two wins came way back in 1978 and 1981. On the other hand, Australia have won 8 Tests against India in Melbourne while two ended in draw including the last game between the two sides at this ground.
Here is the details of those 12 games between India and Australia in Melbourne.
|Test Number||Winner||Margin||Match Date|
|1||Australia||233 runs||Jan 1-5, 1948|
|2||Australia||inns & 177 runs||Feb 6-10, 1948|
|3||Australia||inns & 4 runs||Dec 30, 1967 – Jan 3, 1968|
|4||India||222 runs||Dec 30, 1977 – Jan 4, 1978|
|5||India||59 runs||Feb 7-11, 1981|
|6||drawn||Dec 26-30, 1985|
|7||Australia||8 wickets||Dec 26-29, 1991|
|8||Australia||180 runs||Dec 26-30, 1999|
|9||Australia||9 wickets||Dec 26-30, 2003|
|10||Australia||337 runs||Dec 26-29, 2007|
|11||Australia||122 runs||Dec 26-29, 2011|
|12||drawn||Dec 26-30, 2014|