India needed just two wickets on last day to win third test match of ongoing Border-Gavaskar trophy to retain it. Pat Cummins along with his tail-end partner Nathan Lyon showed some resistance and fighting spirit to postpone India’s victory to fifth day. India took 27 balls to win the match by 137 runs.
While it was Indian star bowler Jasprit Bumrah who claimed first wicket on the day, Ishant Sharma took last wicket. "The credit has to go to our bowlers, especially Jasprit, they have been outstanding. The way Jasprit bowled in Perth it was almost criminal not to get wickets, but the management told him they would come in bunches," Kohli said after the game.
Mister dependable Chateswar Pujara is awarded Man of the match for his century in the first innings to put good total on board. But, India found a champion opener in form of Mayank Agarwal who played brilliantly in both the innings. His technique, defense, footwork and stroke play was lauded.
The Border-Gavaskar trophy has been retained, a wonderful end to 2018 for India, but an even bigger prize awaits in Sydney at the start of the New Year.