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INDvsAUS, 3rd Test, Day 3: India at 443-7 decl, 54-5 after 27 overs

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Dec 28, 2018, 12:30 PM IST

[File photo] Ishant Sharma bowls as Australia's batsman Marcus Harris (R) looks on. Photograph:(AFP)

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India vs Australia | 3rd Test | Day 3

28 Dec 2018, 12:28 PM (IST)

Josh Hazlewood to Rohit Sharma, caught by Shaun Marsh.

28 Dec 2018, 11:41 AM (IST)

Is that a trouble, despite having 300+ lead?

After skipper, vice-captain too goes back to the pavilion after scoring just 1 run.

Cummins to Rahane, caught behind in the gloves.

28 Dec 2018, 11:36 AM (IST)

Pat Cummins strikes thrice!

Virat Kohli too departs on after Pujara.

28 Dec 2018, 11:32 AM (IST)

After taking Vihari's wicket, paceman Pat Cummins strikes again to dismiss Cheteshwar Pujara.

Pujara goes back on duck.

28 Dec 2018, 11:31 AM (IST)

India lose it's first wicket.

Hanuma Vihari departs after scoring 13 runs.

28 Dec 2018, 10:47 AM (IST)

Summary so far

Paceman Jasprit Bumrah claimed career-best figures of 6-33 as Australia were dismissed for 151 in their first innings after tea on day three of the third Test on Friday in reply to India's declared total of 443 for seven.

Australia fell 93 runs short of making India bat again on a steamy afternoon at the Melbourne Cricket Ground but captain Virat Kohli did not enforce the follow-on.

India's batsmen will look to build on a 292-run lead before turning to their bowlers to seal victory and a 2-1 lead before the final of the four-Test series in Sydney.

After resuming on 145 for seven after tea, Australia added just six runs as they lost their last three wickets, with Bumrah dismissing captain Tim Paine for 22, and tail-enders Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood for ducks.

28 Dec 2018, 10:35 AM (IST)

Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal at the crease.

28 Dec 2018, 10:19 AM (IST)

Jasprit Bumrah proves to be the economical bowler for India in the Melbourne Cricket Ground today.

Now, Australia trail by 292 runs.

Virat asked for a light roller as India will start batting after the innings break.

28 Dec 2018, 9:43 (IST)

It's tea time on Day 3!

Australia move to 145 after losing seven wickets and trail by 298 runs.


India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3

28 Dec 2018, 9:31 (IST)

Shami strikes!

Shami to Pat Cummins out, bowled.

Cummins departs after scoring 17 runs.

Now, Australia trail by 305 runs.

28 Dec 2018, 8:24 (IST)

Mitchell Marsh out.

Ravindra Jadeja gets the wicket as Mitch Marsh is out after scoring nine runs.

From Australia's perspective, the partnership was very crucial between Mitch Marsh and Tim Paine, however, India's bowlers have dominated so far today.

Pat Cummins comes to the crease.

28 Dec 2018, 7:54 (IST)

Australia are definitely in trouble now!

Another set batsman departs.

Travis Head walks back to pavilion after scoring 20 runs.

Head tried to defend but Bumrah rips through and rattled the middle stump.

Now, skipper Tim Paine, right handed batsman, comes to the crease.

28 Dec 2018, 7:35 (IST)

Summary at lunch

Australia's top order collapsed with India's dangerous bowling attack taking four wickets in the morning session to leave the home team in big trouble.

In overcast conditions, they began day three with eight runs on the scoreboard after surviving six nervy overs on Thursday following India's daunting 443-7 declaration.

Cheteshwar Pujara's 106 and Virat Kohli's 82 provided the backbone to their innings on what was then a flat track as they eye a crucial 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.

But with the pitch starting to show signs of wear and tear, it wasn't long before India's bowlers took advantage, leaving Australia struggling on 89-4 at lunch.

In a massive blow, Shaun Marsh was out for 19 on the last ball before the break, leaving Travis Head unbeaten on 18.

Aaron Finch smashed a four off Jasprit Bumrah in a positive start but once again Australia's limited overs captain failed as a Test opener.

He was on eight when he feebly chipped an Ishant Sharma delivery to debutant Mayank Agarwal at short midwicket, who took a difficult diving catch.

That brought Usman Khawaja to the crease, just hours after his brother was re-arrested for allegedly breaching bail and charged with trying to influence a witness.

Arsalan Khawaja had been detained earlier this month, then bailed, after being accused of framing a love rival as the author of a terrorist hit list.

Khawaja was only at the wicket for a short time before Australia's other opener Marcus Harris also fell, plunging the home team into strife at 36 for two.

After looking in good touch on his way to 22, Harris inexplicably attempted a hook shot off a Bumrah bouncer but instead top-edged it to Sharma at fine leg.

Khawaja didn't last much longer, despondently trudging off for 21 after Agarwal took another top catch close in off spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who is starting to find the rough and cause problems.

Marsh was then deceived by some late swing from a Bumrah ball to be lbw and cap a miserable morning for the hosts.

28 Dec 2018, 7:33 (IST)

Time for lunch!

Australia 89-4 after 33 overs. The hosts trail by 354 runs.

28 Dec 2018, 6:28 (IST)

Ishant Sharma, who took Aaron Finch's wicket, is back into attack at the place of Mohammed Shami.

Virat is definitely looking for another wicket.

28 Dec 2018, 6:26 (IST)

It's commendable the way India skipper Virat Kohli has planned the bowling attack so far.

The morning session so far has been dominated completely by team India.

28 Dec 2018, 6:24 (IST)

Australia are at 59-3 after 23 overs.

28 Dec 2018, 6:21 (IST)

Usman Khawaja OUT!

Ravindra Jadeja sends back Khawaja.

Mayank Agarwal, yet again, takes a magnificent catch to dismiss Khawaja.

He scored 21 runs at a strike rate of 65.63.

28 Dec 2018, 5:52 (IST)

India vs Australia

28 Dec 2018, 5:46 (IST)

Here goes another!

Soon after Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah strikes.

Australia lose it's second wicket in the form of Marcus Harris.

He lost his wicket after scoring 22 runs.

Both the openers are gone and Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh are batting.


28 Dec 2018, 5:43 (IST)

Ishant Sharma strikes and gets the first breakthrough.

Aaron Finch lost his wicket after scoring eight runs.

Finch was avoiding to face Sharma but gave away his wicket which was caught by Mayank Agarwal.

28 Dec 2018, 5:40 (IST)

Australia were at a score of eight without loosing any wicket at second Day's stumps.

Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch resume the game.

28 Dec 2018, 5:34 (IST)


Cheteshwar Pujara's century formed the backbone of a dominant Indian batting display before Australia's openers survived a few nervous overs as the home side reached eight without loss at the end of a scorching day two in the third Test on Thursday.

Marcus Harris was five not out, with Aaron Finch on three as Australia started their response to India's 443 for seven total, with the home bowlers made to toil until half an hour before stumps on a grudging Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) wicket.

In a brief and fiery spell, paceman Jasprit Bumrah struck Harris on the helmet with a short ball but the rookie opener rose to his feet quickly and resumed after lengthy attention by medical staff.

With the four-Test series locked at 1-1, much will depend on how the MCG's maligned drop-in wicket performs for an Australian batting order still finding their feet.

But the home side's hopes of taking a lead into the final Test in Sydney would seem slender.

Although they failed to make a breakthrough, India's bowlers will head into day three hopeful of making some early inroads after they beat the bat with a slew of deliveries, but Finch feels all three possible results remain on the table.

"We've very confident we can bat really big, bat well and put India under pressure again," he told reporters. "This wicket is deteriorating a lot more than probably what we thought it would."

Having gone to stumps at 215-2 on day one, India's batsmen enjoyed another dominant day, with an obdurate Pujara scoring his second century of the series and skipper Virat Kohli adding 82 in a steady 170-run partnership.

Rohit Sharma, back in the side after missing the second Test in Perth through injury, also contributed an unbeaten 63 before Kohli declared following Ravindra Jadeja's caught-behind dismissal for four.

India's cause was given a huge help by their opponents' sloppy fielding, with Australia grassing two catches under a blazing sun to reprieve Rohit and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant (39).

The tourists' batsmen had little trouble dealing with spinner Nathan Lyon, who had to wait until after tea to grab his first wicket when he trapped Ajinkya Rahane plum in front for 34.

Earlier, pace spearhead Mitchell Starc denied Kohli a second century of the series when he had him caught ramping to third man before Pat Cummins bowled Pujara for 106, after the watchful batsman registered his 17th test ton.

Pujara, who scored a match-winning 123 in the series-opener in Adelaide, was removed by a virtually unplayable delivery that kept low and nipped back off the seam to clip off-stump.

"I don't think it's easier to bat now," he said. "So from tomorrow onwards, I think it will get difficult to bat and our bowlers have been bowling well."