Published: Sat, December 29, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Wickets topple at the MCG but India still in control

Wickets topple at the MCG but India still in control

The right-armer created a chance in his first over of the day, with Tim Paine unable to grasp an edge that came when Rishabh Pant was on seven. The series is now tied at 1-1 with just the Sydney Test next week to go.

Reduced to 28/3, Cummins then saw the back of India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (1) in similar fashion as Pujara and Kohli, caught in the leg-side while flicking.

But his batsmen also found it tough going and they slumped to 54 for five, with first innings century-maker Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli himself sensationally out for ducks. "So that was the plan, and it worked", Bumrah said.

Australian Pat Cummins continued his good form from the first innings with four crucial wickets to return figures of 4/10 off his six overs.

With Jadeja making his intentions to hit boundaries clear from the moment he got out to the crease, the Australians were relieved to see the back of him for five when Cummins struck again.

"It's still a young batting group". Former Australian captain further lauded the Indian bowler for his potential match-winning effort and added that he would go to become the top-ranked bowler in Test cricket as well.

Pace bowler Ishant Sharma removed Finch caught at short leg. Harris fell three overs later, caught at fine leg off Bumrah's bowling after the batsman top-edged a pull shot.

None of Australia's batsmen could muster more than 22, again demonstrating how much they miss Steve Smith and David Warner, whose bans for ball-tampering run out in late March.

Australia has been set 399 to win after Virat Kohli declared India's second innings closed at 8-106 after an hour of fireworks to get day four under way.

Khawaja didn't last much longer, despondently trudging off for 21 after Agarwal took another catch from spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who was finding the rough. Just before the end of the first session, Bumrah came stronger and trapped Shaun Marsh (19) LBW to leave Australia reeling.

"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.

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