AUS v IND 2018-19: 3rd Test, Day 3 – India leads by 346 runs on a 15-wicket day, as Bumrah and Cummins shine

Australia was bowled out for 151 in reply to India's 443/7d.

Jasprit Bumrah has picked up 5-wicket hauls in SA, ENG and now in Australia | Getty

The day three of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) between Australia and India ended with India leading in the second innings by 346 runs, but Australia has made a brilliant comeback, reducing India to 54/5.

However, the day belonged to bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Pat Cummins, as the day saw 15 wickets falling.

It began with Australia starting on 8/0 and then Jasprit Bumrah and Indian bowlers just dominating with the ball. Marcus Harris (22), Tim Paine (22) and Khawaja and Head were the only batsmen reaching or passing 20-run mark.

Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami picked one wicket each, while Jadeja picked 2/45. However, the hero with the ball for India was Jasprit Bumrah, who dismissed Harris, Shaun Marsh, Head, Paine, Lyon and Hazlewood to finish with 6/33, his career-best Test figures.

Bumrah also became the first Indian bowler to pick five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England, and Australia in the same calendar year.

Australia was bowled out for 151 and India gained a lead of 292 runs.

India decided not to enforce the follow-on and batted again. This time, however, Indian batting was pushed towards the ball by Pat Cummins, who removed Pujara and Kohli, the first innings heroes for ducks and also removed Vihari and Rahane to finish the day with figures of 4/10 in 6 overs.

Hazlewood removed Rohit Sharma for 5 runs, to end the day with India on 54/5 with 346 runs in lead and with 5 wickets in hand.

The match is poised brilliantly with both teams having a chance to gain momentum in the match given the weather forecast of rain on day four and five.

BRIEF SCORES:
IND 443/7d & 54/5 (M AGARWAL 28*; P CUMMINS 4/10) and AUS 151 (M HARRIS 22; J BUMRAH 6/33)
Day 3: India lead by 346 runs with 5 wickets remaining


By Jatin Sharma - 28 Dec, 2018

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