Pat Cummins scored a gritty half-century as Australia ended the fourth day at 258/8, 141 runs away from huge target of 399 runs in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, Melbourne, on Saturday. India, who got extra 30 minutes to bundle out the Aussies, failed to dismiss the tail-enders and remained two wickets far from the victory. Pat Cummins was on 61 (not out) and Nathan Lyon unbeaten on six at stumps on Day 4, which was under the threat of rain since the beginning. The rain didn't interrupt the play on the penultimate day but there are more than 80 percent chance of rain on the fifth and final day in Melbourne. With the four-match Test series currently levelled at 1-1, Australia must pray for rain to intervene, while Virat Kohli and his team will look to strike early to take an unassailable 2-1 lead. For India, spinner Ravindra Jadeja was the wrecker-in-chief as he claimed three big wickets in Marcus Harris (13), Mitchell Marsh (10) and Tim Paine (26). Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami chipped in with two wickets each, while Ishant Sharma dismissed Travis Head (34) to join the party. Earlier, Mayank Agarwal scored a 42-run knock and Rishabh Pant contributed with 33 runs as India declared their second innings at 106/8, 398 runs ahead of Australia. Pat Cummins claimed a career-best 6/27, while Josh Hazlewood chipped in with two wickets for Australia. (SCORECARD)
Highlights between India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 4, from Melbourne Cricket Ground.
12:59 IST: That brings an end to the fourth day's play. Thank you for joining us for the live cricket coverage.
12:55 IST: Stumps! Pat Cummins (61*) and Nathan Lyon (6*) keep Australia's hope alive. They are 258/8 in 85 overs and need 141 runs to win the Boxing Day Test.
12:49 IST: Ravindra Jadeja is back into the attack. He already has three wickets to his name.
12:48 IST: End of the over! Australia are 255/8, need 144 runs to win. There are two more overs remaining in the day's play and Nathan Lyon is on the strike.
12:44 IST: Mohammed Shami comes back to the attack.
12:41 IST: FOUR! "It's a magnificent shot. And a supreme insult to a fast bowler," former India captain Sunil Gavaskar says during commentary.
12:38 IST: And Pat Cummins follows it up with another boundary. He welcomes Ishant Sharma with a glorious shot. The crowd at the MCG is in awe of the Australia's recently discovered all-rounder.
12:36 IST: FOUR & FIFTY! Pat Cummins scores a fighting half-ton off 86 balls. His second in the Test cricket. Australia are 242/8 in 80.5 overs, need 157 runs to win. Cummins had claimed a career-best spell of 6/27 in India's second innings in Melbourne.
12:34 IST: The second new ball has been taken. Jasprit Bumrah to bowl with the new cherry.
12:30 IST: End of the over. Australia reach 233/8, need 166 runs to win. Six more overs are remaining in the day.
12:27 IST: The new ball will be available after two overs. The misery is getting bigger for the hosts with time.
12:23 IST: India get an extra half an hour to bowl out Australia. Let's see if the number one-ranked Test team can register a victory in Melbourne today.
12:19 IST: Jasprit Bumrah had nearly got his man. Pat Cummins edged but safe. He gets to 40.
12:18 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to attack from the other end.
12:17 IST: Being a spinner Nathan Lyon knows how not to give his wicket to another spinner. Australia are 228/8, 171 runs away from the victory with one over to go in the day's play.
12:16 IST: Ravindra Jadeja is back into the attack.
12:15 IST: Jasprit Bumrah is warming up on the field. Only two more overs are left in the day's play. However, the session can be stretched if the umpires feel it required.
12:10 IST: 3 runs! Smart running between the wickets. Pat Cummins pushes it to deep backward point and take a triple to keep the strike. Australia are 226/8 in 74 overs.
12:05 IST: Four runs from the over by Mohammed Shami. Australia get to 222/8 in 73 overs, need 177 runs to win.
12:01 IST: Five overs are remaining in the day's play. However, the umpires can stretch the game's play for an extra 30 minutes if required.
12.00 IST: End of the 72nd over by Ishant Sharma. Australia are 218/8, 181 runs away from the tough target.
11:55 IST: Nathan Lyon comes to bat at number 10.
11:53 IST: WICKET! Mohammed Shami removes MItchell Starc for 18 runs. Australia have lost their fourth wicket and stares at a defeat. It will be India's first ever win in a second consecutive Test in a series Down Under.
11:50 IST: FOUR! Australia reach 215/7 in 70.2 overs. It was a length delivery from Mohammed Shami, not at all bad. But Mitchell Starc deflects it confidence to the third man for a boundary.
11:48 IST: 70 overs gone, Australia are 209/7, 190 runs away from the huge target. Both Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc have shown tremendous grit to keep Australia alive in the third Test.
11:44 IST: FOUR! Pat Cummins slaps it gently to get an easy boundary.
11:38 IST: 100 up for India in the 67th over. 10 more overs to go before stumps on Day 4.
11:36 IST: FOUR! Pat Cummins watches the ball, takes his time and smashes it with full power to drive it across the cover-point region.
11:33 IST: SIX! Pat Cummins is better than any other tail-ender from either of the teams. A top shot from the 'all-rounder' takes Australia to 195/7 in 65.4 overs.
11:29 IST: FOUR! Mitchell Starc lofts it over the mid-on to get a boundary. It shows intent and keeps the hope alive for the home team.
11:27 IST: Just one run from the over by Ravindra Jadeja. Australia, at 183/7, need to survive 13 more overs in the day.
11:24 IST: After 63 overs, Australia are 182/7, need 217 runs to win.
11:20 IST: Two slips and a gully in place for Mitchell Starc, who remained unbeaten on seven in the previous innings.
11:14 IST: Mitchell Starc comes to the crease.
11:13 IST: WICKET! Australian captain Tim Paine departs for 26. Ravindra Jadeja claims his third wicket, thanks to a noteworthy catch by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. It was Pant's 19th dismissal in the ongoing series. Australia are 176/7 in 61.3 overs.
11:07 IST: Just two runs from the over. Australia are 175/6 in 60 overs. They need 224 runs with 17 more overs to go in the fourth day's play.
11:02 IST: Meanwhile, former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson feels Australia can avoid a defeat if they manage to survive the final session on Day 4.
C'mon, get through the day lads!! #rainalldaytomorrow— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 29, 2018
10:59 IST: FOUR! Tim Paine hits it well to ensure Australia get quick runs off loose deliveries from harmless Hanuma Vihari.
10:54 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end.
10:53 IST: There is more than 80 percent chance of rain on Day 5. India will have to wrap the Aussies on the fourth day itself if they want to avoid a draw.
10:51 IST: Hanuma Vihari replaces Ravindra Jadeja.
10:50 IST: End of the over! Just two runs from it. But Tim Paine and Pat Cummins keep the home team going slowly and steadily.
10:45 IST: Tim Paine takes a single to keep the strike. Australia reach 160 for the loss of six wickets. They still need 239 runs.
10:38 IST: 2 runs! Pat Cummins gets off to the mark with a double off the first ball of the 53rd over by Ishant Sharma.
10:37 IST: Pat Cummins and Tim Paine had established a 36-run partnership in the first innings. Can they manage an even stronger stand now to save the Test match?
10:32 IST: Pat Cummins comes to the crease.
10:31 IST: WICKET! Inside edge and gone! Ishant Sharma claims his first wicket, castles Travis Head for 34 runs. It brings an end to the 22-run partnership after regular wickets. Australia are 157/6, need 242 runs.
10:25 IST: Ishant concedes just one run in the over. Australia are 156/5 in 49 overs.
10:22 IST: Ishant Sharma comes back to the attack. He has bowled just five overs in the day so far. Is it the time for him to strike?
10:19 IST: Two runs from the 47th over by Mohammed Shami. Australia reach 153/5, 246 runs away from the target.
10:11 IST: FOUR! Another streaky shot and another boundary. And that brings up 150 up for Australia in 45 overs.
10:09 IST: FOUR! Tim Paine gets quick runs with an impressive back foot drive. The ball went past near Ajinkya Rahane at gully.
10:07 IST: End of the over! Ravindra Jadeja starts with a maiden over post tea-break. Australia are 142/5, need 257 runs to win.
10:02 IST: FOUR! Tim Paine starts the final session with a boundary. It was a poor delivery from Mohammed Shami and well punished by the Australian skipper.
10:00 IST: End of the tea-break. Travis Head and Tim Paine continue Australia's resistance in 399-run chase. Mohammed Shami to resume Indian bowling attack.
09:41 IST: And that's tea on Day 4! Travis Head (29*) is fighting for the home team along with captain Tim Paine (1*). Australia make 138 runs with the loss of five wickets by the end of the second session. They now need 261 runs to win the Boxing Day Test.
09:36 IST: Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant welcomes Tim Paine with some behind the stumps banter. The Indian calls Paine a "temporary captain" and claims that he only knows how to talk, not to bat.
09:30 IST: Australia captain Tim Paine comes to bat.
09:28 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja comes stronger after being hit for a six. He dismisses Mitchell Marsh for 10 runs to keep Australia under control in 399-run chase. Australia are 135/5, need 264 runs to win.
09:23 IST: SIX! Mitchell Marsh concludes a tricky over by Ravindra Jadeja with a six. That is huge. Marsh ends Jadeja's domination with a powerful shot to guide the ball over the mid-wicket for maximum.
09:21 IST: Ravindra Jadeja to bowl from the other end.
09:20 IST: Three runs from the over. Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh keep Australia in contest. The hosts are 126/4 after 37 overs.
09:17 IST: Mohammed Shami is back into the attack. He dismissed set batsman Usman Khawaja (33) in his previous spell.
09:10 IST: 35 overs gone, Australia are 122/4, 277 runs away from the target.
09:02 IST: FOUR! Well timed shot. Ishant starts with a poor delivery and pays for it.
09:01 IST: Ishant Sharma comes back to the crease.
08:59 IST: Mitchell Marsh comes to bat at number six.
08:57 IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah strikes again, gets Shaun Marsh for 44. Bumrah becomes the breakthrough man for India. Marsh looked in great touch and his dismissal came at a time when India needed the most.
08:51 IST: FOUR! Marsh pushes it forward to drive it through the gap wide of cover to get a boundary. Australia reach 109/3, need 290 more runs to win.
08:44 IST: SIX! Shaun Marsh displays intent with the shot and takes Australia past 100.
08:42 IST: FOUR! Shaun Marsh predicts Jadeja's length well ahead of its arrival and smashes it down the line to get a boundary.
08:40 IST: Time for drinks! Shaun Marsh and Travis Head have steadied Australia after early blows. They have tried to remain positive in last one hour of play.
08:26 IST: FOUR! He hit that with a straight bat. Australia are 86/3, need 313 runs.
08:12 IST: Travis Head is on the crease.
08:10 IST: WICKET! Australia lose their third wicket and a review. Mohammed Shami removes Usman Khawaja for 33 runs. Australia are 62/3 in 21.1 overs, need 336 runs to win.
08:01 IST: Just one run from the over. Australia reach 62/2 as Khawaja and Mash keep the home team steady in chase.
07:53 IST: FOUR! Great display of presence of mind from Usman Khawaja. Australia are 59/2 with Khawaja having entered thirties. He had scored 21 runs in the previous innings and Australia were wrapped up for 151 runs.
07:44 IST: FOUR! Shaun Marsh punches it to long off for a quick boundary. Australia are 54/2, need 345 more runs to win.
07:42 IST: FOUR! Byes. Shami errs in line and Australia get the benefit of it.
07:40 IST: We are all set for the second session. Usman Khawaja and Shaun March are on the crease to resume Australia's chase. Mohammad Shami to bowl the first over after lunch.
07:02 IST: Lunch! Australia are 44/2, need 356 runs to win. Usman Khawaja (26*) and Shaun Marsh (2*) are on the crease. India are on command as Jasprit Bumrah and Jasprit Bumrah struck early in the day.
06:59 IST: Ravindra Jadeja to bowl the last over before lunch.
06:53 IST: SIX! Usman Khawaja has taken the charge of the Aussies after early blow. There are minutes to go before lunch and Khawaja is going for quick runs.
06:47 IST: Shaun Marsh comes to the crease.
06:46 IST: WICKET! Australia lose their second wicket. Marcus Harris departs for 13. Ravindra Jajeda strikes; gets an inside edge and Mayank Agarwal makes no mistake.
06:43 IST: End of the ninth over. Australia are 32/1 in nine overs. They still need 366 runs.
06:38 IST: FOUR! Usman Khawaja continues to delight with the reverse sweep.
06:33 IST: India waste a review. Ravindra Jadeja was confident but Usman Khawaja is safe there. Australia are 24/1 in six overs.
06:31 IST: FOUR! That shows his confidence now. Usman Khawaja lofts it up to drive across the boundary rope at long on.
06:30 IST: Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack.
06:25 IST: Three runs! That's a good shot from Harris. He is complimenting Khawaja from the other end. Australia are 19/1 and moving well in the right direction with both the batsmen keep rotating the strike.
06:22 IST: FOUR! Jasprit Bumrah is at no fault. In fact, he seemed even more lethal with this good-length delivery. Usman Khawaja was way too lucky here.
06:19 IST: Just two runs from the fourth over by Ishant Sharma. Australia are 10/1, need 389 more runs to win.
06:14 IST: 2 runs! End of an exciting over. Usman Khawaja takes a double and Marcus Harris will be on strike. Australia 8/1 in 2 overs.
06:11 IST: Usman Khawaja comes to bat at number three.
06:09 IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah strikes early for India. Aaron Finch's dismal show continues. The Australian opener departs for three, leaving Australia struggle at 6/1 in 399-run chase.
06:08 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end.
06:07 IST: Six runs from the first over. Australia are off to a positive start in a tough chase.
06:00 IST: Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch are out in the middle to start Australia's big chase of 399 runs. Ishant Sharma to open the attack for India.
05:52 IST: WICKET! Rishabh Pant gone for 33. Josh Hazlewood claims his second wicket in the innings, first of the day. And India declare on 106/8 in the second innings. Australia have a 399-run target to win the third Test in Melbourne.
05:51 IST: SIX! That was an imposing shot from Rishabh Pant. Virat Kohli is out there across the boundary rope. Is it for the admiration of the shot or the captain about to declare the innings.
05:48 IST: Not out! Mohammed Shami is safe.
05:46 IST: Review time! Is it the seventh wicket for Pat Cummins? Mohammed Shami is the man under threat. Australia have opted for a review. Let's see.
05:44 IST: WICKET! Pat Cummins strikes again, dismisses Ravindra Jadeja for five. With this, he surpassed his previous Test-best figures of 6/79. India are 100/7 in 36.3 overs.
05:42 IST: FOUR! It came out of the middle of the bat of Ravindra Jadeja. And that brings up 100 for India.
05:41 IST: Three runs from the 36th over by Josh Hazlewood (1/16). India are 95/6 in 36 overs, with a lead of 387 runs.
05:35 IST: 1 run! Ravindra Jadeja takes a single. He will keep the strike. India are 96/2, 384 runs ahead of Australia.
05:31 IST: FOUR! Rishabh pant gets a boundary as India's lead reach 380. He hit that on the top of the bounce to drive it across the fence at deep point.
05:25 IST: Ravindra Jadeja comes to the crease.
05:24 IST: WICKET! Pat Cummins draws first blood on Day 4. Dismisses Mayank Agarwal for 42. The debutant missed out on a consecutive fifty. Cummins claimed his third five-wicket haul in Tests. India are 83/6, with a lead of 375 runs.
05:20 IST: FOUR! Byes! Pat Cummins, who dismissed Hanuma Vihari (13), Cheteshwar Pujara (0), Virat Kohli (0) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) yesterday, is being unlucky here.
05:17 IST: FOUR! Rishabh Pant slides it to backward point for a beautiful boundary. Nathan Lyon seems under pressure now.
05:14 IST: End of the over! India are 73/5 after 31 overs.
05:10 IST: SIX! And this one goes over the top of the head of Nathan Lyon. Does this call for a bowling change? India are 72/5, with a lead of 364 runs.
05:08 IST: SIX! That came off the middle of the bat. A gorgeous shot from Mayank Agarwal. India are 66/5 in 29.2 overs.
05:05 IST: 1 run! The lead goes past 350 for India.
05:04 IST: 2 runs! Rishabh Pant edged but safe. A dropped catch from Tim Paine gifts India some easy runs.
05:00 IST: Mayank Agarwal and Rishabh Pant are out in the middle with India 54/6 and a lead of 346 runs. Nathan Lyon to start the Day 4 for Australia.
04:55 IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the fourth day of the third Test between India and Australia at the MCG, Melbourne.
Called a "genius" on air by Australia's former captain Michael Clarke, Bumrah also became the first bowler from the subcontinent to take a five-for or more in South Africa, England and Australia in the same year. Bumrah returned second-best figures for an Indian bowler in Australia after Kapil Dev's 8/106 at Adelaide in 1985. But he surpassed B Chandresekhar's twin hauls of 6/52 in each innings at this ground in 1977. Post tea, Australia's innings lasted for only four overs as Bumrah quickly cleaned up the worrisome tail. First he got rid of Tim Paine (22) caught behind, and then trapped Nathan Lyon (0) lbw.
Three balls later, he bowled Josh Hazlewood (0) as India took a hefty lead. Kohli though decided not to enforce the follow-on and the Indian mini-collapse followed thereafter. Cummins bounced out Hanuma Vihari (13) for the second time in this Test, while Cheteshwar Pujara (0) was caught at short square leg for a duck following his hundred in the first innings. India were reduced to 32/4 with a double break against Kohli and Rahane. Rohit Sharma was caught at slip off Josh Hazlewood (1-13) as India finished five-down but still in control of the game. Earlier, Australia sunk to 145/7 at tea. Post lunch, it took only four overs for Bumrah to strike again as he bowled Travis Head (20), playing on in the 37th over.