TOI takes a look…
o This is only the sixth Test win for India batting second away from home in challenging conditions (not counting Zimbabwe, Lanka and West Indies) since 1986. And first in 11 years and nine months.
o The last time they fulfilled the above condition was in Hamilton in March 2009. Since 1986, they have won batting second on the following occasions: Lord’s 1986, Adelaide, Rawalpindi (both 2003-04), Nottingham 2007 and Hamilton 2008-09. This is, of course, irrespective of which team won the toss.
o From Hamilton 2008-09 till Adelaide 2020, India batted second against the opposition away from home 18 times, drawing 4 and losing 14 Tests.
o The current feat is also notable because in the preceding four Test wins batting second (before April 2009), India had posted huge scores: 523 (Australia), 600 (Pakistan), 481 (England) and 520 (New Zealand). The last three were instances of outbatting the opponent and more or less ensuring success after the completion of the first innings.
o India had also enjoyed the toss going their way in Rawalpindi, Nottingham and Hamilton where they inserted the hosts in.
o However, India neither won the toss at MCG nor put up a huge total in the first innings. In fact, the 326 runs that they put on is their lowest first-innings total in a winning cause in these countries (SENA plus Pak).
o The next task is to win away from home in challenging conditions against quality opponents despite losing the toss and batting first! In 11 such Tests in the last 11 years, India have won 3, lost 7 and drawn 1. For this to happen, Australia have to win the toss and field first. They have always chosen to bat first in the last seven years at home.