India thwarted as Cummins sends Test into final day

Sherman Parsons
December 31, 2018

Other than tailender Pat Cummins, no Australian passed 50 in the 137-run defeat in Melbourne, exposing their lack of depth, poor discipline and questionable technique.

"The opposition number 1-6 batsmen when we are bowling has Mitchell Starc with 17 wickets in 10 Test matches at 47", Warne said.

Lyon's pride: Where straight bats were required to provide a platform of resistance, Aaron Finch got his team off to the worst possible start by throwing away his wicket for three with an unsightly cut shot off Jasprit Bumrah that was gobbled in the slips.

Kohli was thrilled with the way his team bounced back in Melbourne after losing the second test at Perth Stadium, where they opted for four pace bowlers rather than picking a spinner.

Jasprit Bumrah led the show with nine wickets in the match.

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.

"At times when the bowlers have done well and knocked a side over, Australia have actually made over 300 in the first innings", Warne said. Cheteshwar Pujara continued his excellent run of form with his second century of the series and was ably backed up by Kohli, who scored 82 as the visitors declared on 443/7.

Australia captain Tim Paine has been left frustrated by the pitches rolled out for the Border-Gavaskar Test series, declaring that the decks have worked against the hosts.

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"Having said that, they've outplayed us and we've got to go to Sydney and improve".

In spite of a first innings lead of 292 runs, India did not enforce a follow-on on Australia.

"For the first time in almost 60 years there has been more five wicket hauls taken than centuries scored", Gilchrist said.

Paine said Australia's inexperienced batting lineup was "learning on the job".

Pujara didn't have a great tour of SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) during the 2014-15 season but is now topping the charts after three Tests with 328 runs in three games and two hundreds in the team's winning cause.

India moved within two wickets of an emphatic victory in the third Test after reducing Australia to 258 for eight at the close of day four on Saturday as the home side's batsmen suffered a familiar spate of failures.

After early-morning drizzle, India started an overcast day 4 in Melbourne with a 346-run lead and five wickets in hand on a wearing pitch that was becoming increasingly hard to bat on.

They played a huge role for India with consistency on offer. "It's a massive honor to play Test match cricket for Australia and we're not going to give up this Test match lightly", he said.

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