|Second Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground (day four)|
|Australia 195 (Labuschagne 48, Bumrah 4-56) & 200 (Green 45, Siraj 3-37)|
|India 326 (Rahane 112) & 70-2 (Gill 35*)|
|India won by eight wickets|
India beat Australia by eight wickets with a day to spare in the second Test in Melbourne to level the four-match series at 1-1.
The hosts were bowled out for 200 early on the fourth day, leaving India needing only 70 to win at the MCG.
Mohammed Siraj took 3-37, including Cameron Green, who offered some resistance in making 45 for Australia.
India slipped to 19-2 before Shubman Gill and stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane saw them home.
It was a remarkable turnaround for India, who were bowled out for 36 in an eight-wicket defeat in Adelaide just over a week ago.
The third Test in Sydney begins on 6 January.
India’s remarkable turnaround
Just 10 days ago India were humiliated at the Adelaide Oval as they were bowled out for their lowest total in Test cricket.
They were not at full strength in Melbourne: captain Virat Kohli has returned home for the birth of his first child, fast bowler Mohammed Shami is out of the tour with a fractured arm and Umesh Yadav missed much of the match after injuring a calf.
However, man of the match Ajinkya Rahane set up victory with a superb 112 – made over six hours – in the first innings.
He was supported by opener Gill, who overcame a fearsome Pat Cummins spell with the new ball, and Ravindra Jadeja later took up the mantle.
With Shami ruled out and Umesh unable to field, 26-year-old Siraj impressed as Australia collapsed in the second innings.
Siraj was not certain to play in Australia. His father died in November, shortly after India had arrived in Australia, but, after speaking to his mother and Kohli, he opted to stay on the tour.
With India awaiting news of Yadav’s fitness, Siraj could be key as they aim to complete a remarkable series win.
‘One of the great comebacks’ – reaction
India head coach Ravi Shastri: “To be rolled over for 36, and then three days later, to get up and be ready to punch was outstanding.
“This will go down in the annals of Indian cricket, world cricket, as one of the great comebacks in the history of the game.”
India captain Virat Kohli on Twitter: “What a win this is, absolutely amazing effort by the whole team. Couldn’t be happier for the boys and specially Jinks who led the team to victory amazingly. Onwards and upwards from here.”
Ex-India batsman Sachin Tendulkar: “To win a Test match without Virat, Rohit, Ishant and Shami is a terrific achievement.
“Loved the resilience and character shown by the team to put behind the loss in the first Test and level the series. Brilliant win.”