India pulled off one of their greatest Test wins, chasing down Australia’s fourth-innings target of 70 to secure victory by eight wickets at the MCG.
The tourists responded from a horror start to the Border-Gavaskar series when they were skittled for a record-low of 36 in Adelaide 10 days ago.
Even without star captain Virat Kohli, India levelled the series at one-all to become the first touring side to win consecutive Boxing Day Tests in Melbourne since England in 1982 and 1986.
Australia’s lower-order, spearheaded by young allrounder Cameron Green, added 67 runs in the first session on day four after resuming on 133-6 to be all out for 200.
India suffered some anxious moments in the tiny chase, falling to 19-2, but rookie opener Shubman Gill (35 not out) and stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane (27 not out) guided them home in the 16th over.