Third Test, Melbourne (day three)
Australia 151: Harris 22, Paine 22
India 443-7dec & 54-5: (Agarwal 28no, Cummins 410 )

India built up a commanding lead over Australia on day three of the next Evaluation, even though a second innings collapse that saw dwelling seamer Pat Cummins take four wickets in two chunks.

India paceman Jasprit Bumrah took six wickets at a fiery bout as Australia simply made 151 inside their answer to India’s first innings total of 443-7 declared.

Cummins helped confine India to 54-5, but they still lead by 346 runs.

This means that the tourists are able for a 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.

Australia had been forced to toil in the field – in Melbourne’s stifling heating – to get the opening two weeks, but your dwelling bowlers were only awarded 66 overs of judgment as their batsmen continued to fight without the banned Steve Smith and David Warner.

Opener Marcus Harris and captain Tim Paine, who faced 85 chunks, top-scored for the side, both scoring 22 before being disregarded by Bumrah, who finished with 6-33 – that the best figures listed by an Indian bowler at the MCG.

Despite a 292-run first innings advantage, Indian skipper Virat Kohli chose never to enforce the followon.

Cummins, who was Australia’s finest bowler at the first innings, responded with 4-3 off his first 4 overs to give the hosts hope of ignoring India cheaply.

Mayank Agarwal has been the only one from the Indian top order to provide any immunity using an abysmal 28.


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