India beat Australia by 8 wickets in 2nd Test to level series 1-1

The Ajinkya Rahane-led Indian cricket team beat Australia by 8 wickets in the 2nd Test at Melbourne to level the 4-Test series 1-1. 

Day 4 of the test began with Australia at 133/6, having taken a narrow lead over India. The morning session saw some gritty batting by the Aussie lower order as the Indian bowlers kept up a relentless attack. 

Eventually, they were only able to add another 67 runs to their overnight score, getting bowled out for 200, setting India a meagre target of 70 for the win. 

India lost two wickets in the chase - Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara falling in successive overs. 

However, an attractive 35* by Shubman Gill and an able 27* by first innings centurion Rahane meant India suffered no further setbacks and cruised to a series-levelling win. 

This makes it three wins in three Tests as captain for Rahane and the victory was especially sweet for a team that suffered the ignominy of having been bowled out for a paltry 36 in the second innings of the first Test just over a week ago. 

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