On the second day of the third test, India had declared at 443 and Australia scored 8 runs while the third day was full of a roller-coaster. Jasprit Bumrah‘s 6 for 33 and Pat Cummins’ 4 for 10 made the headline.
The third day started with Australia’s batting. India planned to restrict Australia within a below par and bowlers executed the plan well as they bowled in a good line and length. The first breakthrough came for India through Ishant Sharma; who took Aaron Finch in the 11th over. Finch’s poor stroke cost him his wicket while Agarwal took a sharp mid-wicket catch and sent him in. Another opener Marcus Harris struck by a bouncer in the 14th over, while hitting a short ball again but ended up giving a fine leg catch to Rohit Sharma; which eventually was Bumrah’s first wicket.
While Sharma-Bumrah dominated the first hour, Jadeja too joined them while he took Usman Khawaja in the 20th over, with a short-leg catch by Agarwal. Khawaja hit a backward point boundary by reverse a sweep just before his dismissal.
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Shaun Marsh tried to steady the ship but was not able to do it. Bumrah’s off cutter yorker trapped him leg before for 19, before lunch, leaving Australia in trouble. Post break, Bumrah picked up Travis Head when he missed the inside edge and got bowled. Later Mitchell Marsh joined them in the dugout after falling for 9 by giving a catch to Rahane at first slip while facing Jadeja.
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Pat Cummins joined his captain Tim Paine at the crease and both tried to build the partnership, adding 36 runs before Mohammed Shamibroke the pair. Cummins missed the delivery and got bowled after scoring 17. Paine soon followed him by giving a catch to Pant and became the fourth victim of Bumrah. Soon he picked up Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood and completed a six-wicket haul by giving mere 33 runs.
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This was Bumrah’s third five-wicket haul of the year and he became the first Asian bowler to take a five-for in Test in South Africa, England and Australia in the same calendar year. His by far the best figure in Test gave India a 292-run lead in the first innings.
Despite a brilliant bowling show by India, they were not able to stay at the crease in the second innings. If the first half of the day was for Bumrah, the second was definitely for Cummins; who took four wickets within 8 balls and dismantled India’s batting line-up.
Vihari was first to fell for 13. Soon Pujara followed him after getting a duck while hitting Cummins’ delivery towards gully. Captain Kohli too got dismissed in the same way right after four deliveries. Rahane was next to fall for mere 1. Rohit Sharma survived the hat-trick ball but fell for 5 to Hazlewood later in the day and India reduced to 44/5. From there, Agarwal and Pant tried to build a steady partnership and ended the day with 54/5 and lead of 346 runs.
Brief scores: India 443/7 and 54/5 (Pat Cummins 4-10) lead Australia 151 (Jasprit Bumrah 6-33) by 346 runs