Cummins gives hope, but India still ahead after Australia's woeful batting

Virginia Santiago
December 29, 2018

But debutant Agarwal - who made 76 in the first innings - and Pant batted out the rest of the day as the potential target for Australia continued to stretch further and further away from a plausible successful chase. I just try to back myself in any situation that I go.

India declared early on day four of the third test in the four-match series, giving Australia a sniff at victory.

Bumrah's exploits helped India bowl out Australia for a meagre 151 in the first innings on the third day of the Boxing Day Test. We've definitely got the batsmen.

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Despite holding a 292-run lead, Virat Kohli wasn't tempted to enforce the follow-on for Australia, instead making their fast bowlers return to the field in the searing heat at the MCG.

Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal stepped out with the liberty of playing the positive brand of cricket and were successfully able to see off the first 10 overs, scoring 24 runs.

India struggled to 5-54 at stumps but still hold a commanding 346-run lead with two days remaining despite the carnage caused by Cummins.

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"We lost a few more wickets than we wanted to but we'll assess tomorrow morning and we'll try to add as much as we can and then hopefully get them out", Bumrah told reporters.

It was one of the rare occasions when both Pujara and Kohli both failed to anchor the innings and fell for the leg side trap set by Tim Paine. Pat Cummins then did well to diminish India's dominance with a late flurry of wickets, but the hosts will require nothing less than a miracle to stop India from taking a 2-1 series lead.

In between jeers aimed at the visitors, a chorus of boos from the home crowd also rained down on Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. Hopefully, there won't be too many overs tomorrow and we won't have to bowl last in this game.

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Following the impressive show in his debut Test year, Bumrah expressed how confident he was since the first day.

Hope seemed extinguished when, with the last ball before lunch, Bumrah deceived Marsh with a slow, swinging, looping delivery that found his front pad on the full, ending his resistance on 19. But we saw a year ago we batted really well on day four and five (at the MCG), you dare to dream.

The former spinner, while commentating for "Fox Cricket", was quoted as saying that Agarwal's maiden first-class triple-century came against "Railways canteen staff".

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