India bats dominate Australia on Day 2 in scorching Melbourne

Arnold Nichols
December 29, 2018

The Indian pacer - still in his first year in Test cricket - waded into the Australian batting lineup on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test with figures of 6/33, the best for an Indian fast bowler Down Under since 1985. Bumrah's 45 wickets is also the most by a bowler from India in their debut year. Finding a bit of reverse swing, he beat Travis Head for pace post the break while the other Marsh, Mitchell, was done in trying to flick Jadeja off the rough and edging to slip after the break.

Bowling fiery spells full of precision and guile, the 25-year-old with his signature slingshot action helped rout Australia for 151 soon after tea in their reply to India's declared first innings total of 443 for seven. The next pair then batted with more patience and cut down on attacking strokes for the next hour. Pat Cummins ripped apart the Indian batting with four wickets.

In overcast conditions, Australia began the day with eight runs on the scoreboard but with the pitch showing wear and tear, it wasn´t long before the bowlers took advantage. Things finally began to happen when Cummins came to bowl and sent Vihari back for 13 with a brilliant bouncer.

Starting from overnight 8-0, Australia were under the pump early on as Ishant Sharma (1-41) and Bumrah gave them no room for manoeuvring. The fielder was stationed there for any aerial shot and the plan worked to get an early breakthrough.

According to "ESPNCricinfo", CA received several complaints of racial taunts directed towards Indian players and fans during the first two days of the third Test. CAUGHT! Cummins bangs the ball short and the ball takes the top edge of the bat and goes to Khawaja standing at gully who makes no mistake in completing an easy catch. "Yes we lost a few more wickets than we wanted but we'll try to add as many runs as we can on the fourth day, then we can come back and try to get them out". While Jadeja was finding enough purchase off the surface, it was Bumrah who outfoxed Shaun Marsh (19) with a superb dipping slower delivery yorker, pinning him right in front of the stumps, just before lunch.

A 170-run stand between century-maker Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Virat Kohli put India in a dominant position in the third Test as Australia's openers survived half a dozen nervy overs before the close here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

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