Third Test: India Boost Comfortable 346-Run Lead Against Australia At Stumps

Tanuja Saikhom | 1 month ago

On the day the fast bowlers shone on the pitch, India maintain their commanding position as they set the second innings lead to 346 runs at stumps on Day 3 of the third Test. Pacer Pat Cummins ripped through the top order batting lineups, but the visitors still managed to extend the target for Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Cummins notched wickets of Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in eight balls before Josh Hazlewood removed Rohit Sharma, reducing India to 54/5.

Notwithstanding the sloppy start to the innings, opener Mayank Agarwal (28 batting) and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant (6 batting) added more runs for India when the game was called off for the day.

Earlier, Virat Kohli chose not to enforce the follow-on after Australia were dismissed for 151 in response to India's 443 for 7 declared. 

Jasprit Bumrah made a career best figure 6/33 to help India bundle out Australia in their first innings. He took important wickets of opener Marcus Harris (22), Shaun Marsh (19), Travis Head (20), skipper Tim Paine (22) and the tailenders Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood for successive ducks.

The achievement also made him the only Asian bowler to take five wickets or more against Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year. He had earlier claimed 5/54 against South Africa in Johannesburg, then 5/85 against England at Trent Bridge.