1st Test win – AUS v IND 1977/78, Melbourne
India defeats Australia at Melbourne by 222 runs
India came into this Test match, the third of the five-match series, in Melbourne having lost the first two Tests. They lost the first Test by 16 runs and the second by 2 wickets. It was all on the line for the Indian team in Melbourne, as they had to win the Test to stay alive in the series.
Indian captain Bishan Singh Bedi chose to bat first, but India lost both openers- Gavaskar and Chauhan for ducks leaving the team 0/2. But Mohinder Amarnath (72), Gundappa Vishwanath (59), Ashok Mankad (44) and valuable contributions from Vengsarkar and Kirmani took India to 256 runs.
Jeff Thomson took 3/76, while Wayne Clark was the pick of the Aussie bowlers, picking 4/73.
Australia replied 213 with only Gary Cosier (67) and Craig Serjeant (85) making noticeable contributions, as Bhagwat Chandrasekhar ran through the Australian side with 6/52 and was aided by two wickets each by Karsan Ghavri and Bedi.
India needed a big score to put pressure on Australians and required someone to play long innings and that’s when Sunil Gavaskar showed his mastery on Australian wickets. Gavaskar scored a brilliant second innings century- 118 from 285 balls with 12 fours. He was aided by his brother-in-law Gundappa Vishwanath, who scored his second fifty of the game (54) and other contributions from Amarnath and Mankad took India to a final score of 343.
Australia was set for 387 runs and the pressure was on the batsmen, something a bowler like Chandrasekhar cherished. Chandra, along with Bedi demolished the Australian batting as Cosier came up with the highest score of the innings – 34.
Chandra picked 6/52 and Bedi picked 4/58, as the two world-class spinners handed Australia a 222-run defeat.
The heroes of the match for India were Sunil Gavaskar for his century, Amarnath and Vishwanath for their valuable contributions with the bat and Chandrasekhar for his match haul of 12/104.