Pat Cummins claimed four big wickets in Hanuma Vihari (13), Cheteshwar Pujara (0), Virat Kohli (0) and Ajinkya Rahane (1), while Josh Hazlewood dismissed Rohit Sharma for five, as Australia restricted India to 54/5 at stumps on the third day of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, Melbourne. They now have a lead of 346 runs. Earlier, Jasprit Bumrah claimed six wickets as India wrapped up the hosts for paltry 151 runs. Spinner Ravindra Jadeja contributed with two wickets while fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami dismissed Aaron Finch and Pat Cummins respectively to join the party. It was a highly successful day for India as Australia were reeling on 145/7 at tea. Ishant Sharma gave India an early breakthrough, striking in the 11th over to get Australian opener Aaron Finch for eight. Jasprit Bumrah helped India get rid of the other opener Marcus Harris (22) in the 14th over. Spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who replaced Umesh Yadav in the Melbourne Test, dismissed Usman Khawaja to keep India on the top in first 20 overs. Khawaja looked promising for Australia as he scored fearless 21 runs off 32 balls, including three boundaries. Just before the end of the first session, Bumrah came stronger and trapped Shaun Marsh (19) LBW to leave Australia reeling. Earlier on Day 2, Cheteshwar Pujara scored a classic 319-ball 106, while captain Virat Kohli, opener Mayank Agarwal and middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma contributed with a fifty each as India declared their first innings for 443/7. The Indian bowlers then restricted the Aussie openers to eight without loss at stumps. (SCORECARD)
Highlights between India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3, from Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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A total of 15 wickets have fallen today. After bowling Australia out for 151, #TeamIndia are 54/5 in the second innings, lead by 346 runs.
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12:27 IST: Stumps! India end the third day of the third Test at 54/5, with a 346-run lead. Mayank Agarwal is solid on 28 (not out) along with Rishabh Pant (6*) as India eye a 2-1 lead in the Boxing Day Test.
12:25 IST: 50 up for India! Rishabh Pant pulls it to fine leg for a boundary. India's lead expand to 344 runs.
12:22 IST: Just one run from the second last over of the day. India are two runs short of 50.
12:14 IST: 3 runs! Good running between the innings. Mayank Agarwal earns crucial runs for India with a deflection to third man. India are 47/5, with a lead of 339 runs.
12:09 IST: Rishabh Pant comes to bat at number seven.
12:08 IST: WICKET! Josh Hazlewood removes Rohit Sharma for five. The Indian, who was unbeaten on 63 in the first innings, was edged and gone as Shaun Marsh makes no mistake at slip. India are 44/5, with a lead of 336 runs.
12:05 IST: End of Pat Cummins' exciting spell. Josh Hazlewood returns to the attack.
12:03 IST: Smart running between the wickets. While Nathan Lyon shouts for an LBW appeal, Rohit Sharma steals a quick single.
11:57 IST: FOUR! Mayank Agarwal plays with soft hands to guide the ball across the second slip to get a boundary.
11:56 IST: After quick wickets, Mayank Agarwal (19*) and Rohit Sharma (4*) keep India going forward. They score 37/4 in 20 overs.
11:52 IST: A loud shout for LBW appeal against Mayank Agarwal falls on deaf ears.
11:47 IST: End of another exciting over. India are 33/4 in 17 overs, with a lead of 325 runs.
11:42 IST: Rohit Sharma, who scored 63 (not out) in the first innings, will face the hat-trick ball from Pat Cummins.
11:40 IST: Rohit Sharma comes to the crease.
11:39 IST: WICKET! Pat Cummins strikes again. Ajinkya Rahane departs for 1. All the leading men have surrendered in front of Cummins. And he has reminded the visitors that Australia are still in the game.
11:35 IST: After the dismissal of skipper Virat Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane comes to the crease.
11:33 IST: WICKET! Was it an action replay? No, Virat Kohli loses his wicket in same fashion as Cheteshwar Pujara. Following an impressive 82-run knock in the first innings, Kohli gets dismissed for a duck in the second innings.
11:31 IST: Virat Kohli come to the crease. Cummins' double has put Australia back into the contest. Can Kohli take his team out of the sudden loss?
11:27 IST: WICKET! Second wicket for Pat Cummins in the space of three deliveries. He dismisses the centurion from the first innings. Cheteshwar Pujara departs for zero. Australia fight back with back-to-back dismissals.
11:21 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara comes to bat at number three.
11:20 IST: WICKET! This was a brute of a delivery. Hanuma Vihari departs for 13 in a same manner that he lost his wicket in the first innings. Pat Cummins bowls a bouncer and Vihari gives an easy catch to Usman Khawaja at slip.
11:15 IST: Change of ends for Nathan Lyon.
11:09 IST: Bowling change! Pat Cummins comes into the attack. In the first innings, Cummins took three wickets in Hanuma Vihari, Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara.
11:08 IST: End of the 10th over! Just one run from it. India are 24 without loss, with a lead of 316 runs.
11:02 IST: FOUR! Strong shot! Mayank Agarwal looks encouraged enough to play big shots like this. India have a 300-plus lead after all. He lofts it up in confidence and makes sure it goes past the boundary rope at long on with one bounce.
11:01 IST: Josh Hazlewood follows it up with a maiden over.
10:57 IST: Lyon concedes just one run. India are 19/0 in seven overs, with a lead of 311 runs against Australia.
10:54 IST: Australia introduce spinner Nathan Lyon into the attack.
10:47 IST: FOUR! Just a little touch from Mayank Agarwal to tuck it away. He pushed it gently to fine-leg for an impressive boundary. India are 17/0 in 4.4 overs.
10:45 IST: Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal gave India a confident start in the previous innings of the Test. They established a 40-run partnership stand for the opening-wicket.
10:40 IST: End of the third over! Mitchell Starc bowls a maiden over. India are eight for no loss with a lead of 300 runs.
10:34 IST: FOUR! Mayank Agarwal, who scored 76 runs in the previous innings, scores a boundary to take India's lead to 300.
10:30 IST: FOUR! Hanuma Vihari makes a positive start. He gets quick runs through a late cutter to guide the ball past the slip cordon.
10:28 IST: India openers Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal are out in the middle to consolidate India's lead in the second innings. Mitchell Starc will open the attack for Australia.
10:20 IST: No follow-on! Despite a huge 292-run lead, India are not enforcing a follow-on. They will come out to bat in a while.
10:17 IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah claims a six-wicket haul. India bundle out Australia for 151 runs, with a 292-run lead. Bumrah snares Hazlewood for zero to complete India's domination on Day 3. Jasprit Bumrah is the first Asian bowler to claim a five-wicket haul in Tests in Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year.
10:15 IST: Josh Hazlewood comes to bat at number 11.
10:14 IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah strikes again. He claims his third five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Nathan Lyon dismissed for a duck.
10:12 IST: FOUR! Byes. Easy runs for Australia. They are 151/8 in 66.1 overs.
10:08 IST: Nathan Lyon comes to bat.
10:06 IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah picks up his fourth wicket. Tim Paine departs for 22 runs. Australia are 147/8 in 64.3 overs. That brings an end to the resistance by the Australian captain. India would like to wrap the hosts as soon as possible now.
10:04 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end.
10:03 IST: Just one run from the over. Australia are 146/7 in 64 overs.
10:00 IST: Tim Paine and Mitchell Starc resume Australian innings. Jadeja will start the third session for India.
09:41 IST: Tea! Jasprit Bumrah remains to be the wrecker-in-chief with three wickets. Meanwhile, captain Tim Paine and Mitchell Starc lead Australia's resilience to take them to 145/7 by the end of the second session.
09:37 IST: FOUR! An extra slip could save that one. Australia reach 142/7 in 62.3 overs. Mohammed Shami being unlucky there as it was a thick edge off Mitchell Starc's willow.
09:32 IST: MItchell Starc to bat at number eight.
09:31 IST: WICKET! End of the 36-run partnership stand. Pat Cummins departs for 17 runs. Mohammed Shami claims his first wicket. Australia are 138/7 in 61 overs.
09:13 IST: End of the over! Australia are 129/6 in 57 overs. There are close to 30 minutes left in the second session. India would like to claim a few more wickets before the tea-break.
09:06 IST: FOUR! It was too full from Ravindra Jadeja and nicely carved away for a boundary by Pat Cummins.
09:05 IST: Change of ends for Ravindra Jadeja.
09:04 IST: Ishant concedes two runs in the over, including a wide ball. Australia are 124/6 in 55 overs.
09:00 IST: Bowling change! Ishant Sharma replaces Ravindra Jadeja.
08:58 IST: Just one run from the over! Hanuma Vihari concludes it with a disciplined line. Australia are 122/6 in 54 overs, trailing India by 321 runs.
08:54 IST: A loud shout for LBW appeal against Pat Cummins falls on deaf ears. The delivery hit the outside pad though.
08:47 IST: Hanuma Vihari comes into the attack.
08:42 IST: Drink-break! Following the dismissal of MItchell Marsh, Pat Cummins and Tim Paine led Australia's resistance in the last one hour.
08:38 IST: FOUR! Streaky! Tim Paine plays it late but manages to guide the ball through between the slip and gully for a boundary.
08:26 IST: Mohammed Shami is the leading wicket-taker for India in Tests so far in 2018. He has 44 wickets to his name, while Jasprit Bumrah chases him from the second position with 42 wickets.
08:21 IST: Pat Cummins comes to the crease.
08:19 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja claims his second wicket in Mitchell Marsh. The spinner deceives Marsh to get an outside edge and Ajinkya Rahane makes no mistake.
08:11 IST: FOUR! Shaun Marsh delights with a beautiful pull shot, gets quick runs for struggling Australia. And it brings up 100 runs for Australia in the 41st over.
08:08 IST: Mohammed Shami is back into the attack. He looked lethargic on field a few moments ago and yet to claim a wicket.
08:04 IST: 1 run! Mitchell Marsh lifts the ball up but it lands just short of Mohammed Shami at fine leg. He takes a quick single off it. Shami could've dived for it.
07:59 IST: Another maiden over by Ravindra Jadeja keep Australia at 92/5 after 38 overs.
07:55 IST: Tim Paine comes to bat. Two right-handers for Australia now.
07:53 IST: WICKET! Beaten by pace! Jasprit Bumrah castles Travis Head for 20. Australia lose their fifth wicket after scoring 92 runs. Can India wrap the hosts inside the second session?
07:52 IST: Mitchell Marsh is finally off the mark with a single after nine deliveries.
07:50 IST: Ravindra Jadeja bowls another maiden over. Australia are 91/4 in 36 overs. Mitchell Marsh is yet to score a single run.
07:46 IST: In year 2018, which is moving towards an end, Indian bowlers claimed 240 Test wickets. It is the highest ever for India in a calendar year.
07:41 IST: End of the lunch-break. Mitchell Matsh comes to the crease. Travis Head on strike. Ravindra Jadeja to start.
07:01 IST: Lunch & WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah strikes again to get Shaun Marsh for 19. And that's lunch on Day 3. India have taken control of the third Test in the morning session. Bumrah is the most successful with two scalps, while Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja have claimed one wicket each.
06:58 IST: It could be the last over before lunch. Jasprit Bumrah would look to strike again.
06:51 IST: Jasprit Bumrah is back into the attack.
06:45 IST: FOUR! Shot! Travis Head smashes the ball hard to guide it past the second slip for a boundary. Australia are 86/3 in 28.3 overs.
06:30 IST: FOUR! Edged and raced away to the boundary. No second slip in place. Shaun Marsh gets the benefit of it.
06:28 IST: Ishant Sharma is back into the attack.
06:26 IST: Edged but runs! Travis Head gets off to the mark with a lucky boundary. Australia are 63/3 in 24 overs. They still trail India by 380 runs.
06:22 IST: Mohammed Shami had claimed a career best spell of 6/56 in the previous Test in Perth. But India lost the second Test to Australia by 146 runs.
06:14 IST: Travis Head comes to bat at number five.
06:12 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja removes Usman Khawaja for 21. Australia are 53/3 in 19.5 overs. Mayank Agarwal gets another catch, this time a simple one.
06:10 IST: FOUR! 50 up for Australia in the 20th over. Usman Khawaja gets a boundary through a reverse sweep. No one could hit it better.
06:09 IST: Shaun Marsh gets off to the mark after 17 balls.
06:06 IST: FOUR! Usman Khawaja gets some quick runs for Australia. It wasn't the right line from Shami and Khawaja chips in through the backward square leg to get a boundary.
06:01 IST: Jadeja's quick over concludes with drinks break.
05:59 IST: Spinner Ravindra Jadeja to bowl from the other end.
05:58 IST: Shami starts with a maiden over. Australia are 40/2 in 17 overs.
05:54 IST: Mohammed Shami replaces Ishant Sharma.
05:51 IST: Jasprit Bumrah now has 12 wickets in the ongoing Test series, joint second most with Australia's Mitchell Starc. Australian spinner Nathan Lyon is on the top of the list with 17 wickets to his name.
05:46 IST: FOUR! That's a positive shot from Usman Khawaja. It earns him his first boundary and takes Australia to 40/2 in 14.3 overs.
05:42 IST: Shaun Marsh comes to the crease.
05:41 IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah strikes to get Marcus Harris. Australia are 36/2 in 13.3 overs. It was a poor shot selection from the left-handed batsman. He made 22 runs off 35 balls with two boundaries.
05:39 IST: FOUR! Harris just gives it a nice angle to drive the across the fence at fine leg.
05:38 IST: 2 runs! Khawaja takes a double to conclude the 13th over. Australia are 32/1 with Harris (18*) solid on the other end.
05:35 IST: It was Ishant's ninth wicket in the Test series so far.
05:29 IST: Mayank Agarwal is playing his debut Test. Earlier in the Indian innings, he scored an impressive 76-run knock. And now with this catch, he has already made his impression.
05:25 IST: Usman Khawaja comes to bat at number three.
05:24 IST: WICKET! Mayak Agarwal takes a stunner catch to dismiss Aaron Finch. Ishant Sharma draws the first blood. Finch departs for eight runs. He had scored a single boundary in his 36-ball knock.
05:21 IST: 2 runs! Another confident shot from the willow of Marcus Harris. Australia are 24/0 in 10 overs.
05:15 IST: FOUR! Aaron Finch gets some quick runs through a beautiful drive. There's no assistance for Ishant Sharma in the pitch and Finch knows how to get the best out of it.
05:12 IST: Marcus Harris had suffered a blow off Jasprit Bumrah's delivery. It seems he's in mood to to take revenge of it.
05:10 IST: Four! Nicely done. Harris gets a boundary and a really good start in Melbourne.
05:08 IST: End of the over! Four runs from it. Australia are 12/0 in 7 overs.
05:00 IST: We are all set for the action on Day 3. Ishant Sharma bowls the first over of the day. Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch resume Australian innings.
04:50 IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the third day of the third Test match between India and Australia at the MCG, Melbourne.
Rohit Sharma ended on 63 not out off 114 balls, inclusive of five fours, while Pat Cummins was the pick of the Australian bowlers, taking 3/72 in a back-breaking effort of 34 overs. Post tea, it was a comedy of fielding errors from Australia as they missed three easy chances, all of Nathan Lyon (1/110) in what proved to be a frustrating 48 overs from him. First, in the 147th over, substitute fielder Peter Siddle put down Rohit (on 15 then) at backward square leg as the batsman played a wild sweep. A ball later, Ajinkya Rahane (34) was lucky when on 32 as Travis Head was caught napping at short leg when the ball sailed past him.
Rahane got unlucky shortly afterwards though as one delivery from Lyon kept too low and he was plumb lbw. Rishabh Pant (39) played an uncharacteristic defensive innings, and the only aerial stroke he played was in the 159th over off Lyon when Cummins spilled the chance at long on. He was on 15 then. Australia took the third new ball in the 167th over and it worked as Pant looped up a catch to Usman Khawaja behind the wickets off Mitchell Starc (2/87). The accelerating burst before the declaration never came as skipper Kohli called the batsmen in when Ravindra Jadeja (4) was caught behind off Josh Hazlewood (1/86). Rahane and Rohit took India to 346/4 at tea after Australia removed both Pujara and Kohli in the space of four overs. Post lunch, Kohli-Pujara took their third-wicket partnership to 170 runs before the game turned.