India beat Australia by 137 runs in the third cricket Test to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday despite the match initially getting delayed due to rain.
With the fourth Test starting on January 3, the Indians have a good scope to win a historic series. It would be their first ever series win on Australian soil.
Not just that with a 2-1 lead, this is also the first time that India have taken the lead in a Test series in Australia.
Most of the opening session was lost to the inclement weather, and the play resumed in right earnest only after lunch.
In the second innings, from an overnight score of 258/8, Australia could battle for only 27 deliveries before being dismissed for 261 runs.
Pat Cummins, who had delayed Australian defeat with a heroic half-century on the fourth day, was the first to return to the pavilion on the fifth day.
The tail-ender could add only two runs to his overnight score when he edged a delivery from Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah to Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip.
Cummins scored 63 off 114 balls, hitting five boundaries and a six over the course of his gritty innings.
Ishant Sharma then dismissed Nathan Lyon with a short pitched delivery to complete the victory.
Australia: 151 & 261 (Pat Cummins 63, Shaun Marsh 44, Usman Khawaja 33; Ravindra Jadeja 3/82, Jasprit Bumrah 3/53) vs India: 443/7(d) & 106/8(d) (Mayank Agarwal 42, Rishabh Pant 33; Pat Cummins 6/27)