Australia fight back but India remain dominant after day three at the MCG
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The Boxing Day Test is India’s to lose after a dominant day three at the MCG, although Australia did make a late surge.
After starting the day with all 10 wickets intact, the home side collapsed as India continued to exert their dominance.
The tourists bowled Australia out for 151, with Jasprit Bumrah tearing through the Australian batting lineup, refusing to enforce the follow on.
But as India began their second innings with a lead of almost 300, they started to wobble somewhat as Pat Cummins took four wickets in quick succession.
Despite Australia’s late fightback, they finished the day at 5-54 with a commanding lead of 346.
So where does this leave the game heading into day two tomorrow? India will be hoping to pile on quick runs in the morning before making a second declaration.
And as for Australia? They’ll be hoping forecast rain comes to fruition as they battle to stay in this series.
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Australia has been bowled out for 151, handing India a lead of 292 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah finishes with figures of 6-33.
India won’t enforce the follow on.
Darren Lehmann has called for banned duo Steve Smith and David Warner to return to the Australian side as soon as they’ve completed their respective 12-month suspensions.
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Australia’s pain on day three has continued.
They enter the tea break at 7-145.
Tim Paine and Mitch Starc have their work cut out for them in the final session of the day to try and post a total high enough to avoid the dreaded follow on.
It’s fair to say Australia will want to forget the first session on day three.
Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja all departed to left the hosts reeling at 4-88, still trailling by 354 runs.
And on the last delivery before lunch Shaun Marsh was dismissed as well, misjudging a Bumrah full delivering as it cannoned into his pads.
Australia has lost an early wicket on day three.
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THE BUILD UP – India 7-443d, Australia 0-8
We’re set for a fascinating day’s play at the MCG on day three of the Boxing Day Test.
Australia will resume at 0-8 with Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch surviving a tricky half hour at the end of day two.
John Emburey questioned whether India had made a mistake declaring during the latter stages of yesterday’s play and by the end of today, we should get a clearer picture on where this game sits and an answer to that question.
All indications so far have suggested there’s little bounce in the pitch but with cloud around this morning, it’s set to be a tricky opening session for Australia.
We’ve seen the hosts perform solidly with the bat so far this series but if they want to salvage something from this Test, they’ll need to bat for the entirety of day three.
So will Australia fight back with the bat or will India push towards victory on day three?
Make sure you join the Macquarie Sports Radio commentary team from 10am AEDT for all the action on day three at the MCG.