'He thinks wickets': All batsmen should be scared of lethal Bumrah

Arnold Nichols
December 31, 2018

"The way he bowled in this Test match was outstanding", said Kohli after win gave India a 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.

"We're going to go out tomorrow [today] and try and win the first ball and the first over, and show a lot of fight and a lot of pride going out there to bat for Australia", Lyon said when asked whether Australia had a chance.

In what can only be described as a one-man show, 25-year-old Cummins took 6-27 and then scored a career-high of 61 not-out to show the team's top six how it's done.

Now that the series can't be lost, India can breathe a little easy, but Bumrah's partners in Sydney - a Test, Kohli said, India want to win and not just hang on to for a draw - will be crucial.

As Australia try to avoid a first series loss at home to India, Paine said it will be crucial to dismiss Pujara and Kohli in Sydney as cheaply as possible.

The Australian skipper also praised pacer Pat cummins, who produced a superb all-round performance with match figures of 9/99 and a gritty half-century in the second innings to delay Australia's defeat and take the Test into the fifth and final day.

"You have to give everything that you have to win a series away from home", said the batsman, who has now won 11 Tests overseas, equalling the national record of former skipper Sourav Ganguly.

"It's been an interesting year, a hard year. the silver lining is in the next few months we've got some world-class players available", Paine said after the third Test loss.

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In the three Tests against Australia so far, India's pace attack has outperformed Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

On Bumrah's 9-wicket haul in the match, Kohli said that the way he bowled in Perth it was 'almost criminal to not get wickets on that.' "Management said wickets would come, and they came in bunches". I think there will be a lot of things on the table in the next day or two and I've got some thoughts on what I think.

Resuming on Saturday on 54-5, India declared on 106-8 after a facing a further 10.3 overs, setting Australia 399 runs to win.

Aaron Finch (eight), Marcus Harris (22), Usman Khawaja (21) and Shaun Marsh (19) all departed cheaply.

India's Ishant Sharma walks up the players race during play on day five of the third cricket test between India and Australia in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018.

He added that the way Bumrah was bowling so soon in his Test career "is a very scary sign for batsmen around the world".

Pant was earlier caught on the stump mic having a go at Australian skipper Tim Paine referring to him as a "temporary captain" and a "special guest" at the crease. In reply, Australia managed 151.

Top-ranked India set up its victory with an imposing first-innings tally of 443-7, which was scored in nearly two days of batting on a slow-paced pitch.


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