India bolster lead despite Cummins heroics

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India remain well placed to snatch a 2-1 series lead that will put them in the box seat for a maiden Test series win in Australia. Pat Cummins, breathing fire, scythed through the top-order to reduce India to 32 for 4 before the visitors crawled to 54 for 5 at stumps on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG on Friday.

Bumrah bagged six wickets for 33 runs, the best performance by an Indian fast bowler against Aussies.

Jasprit Bumrah picked six of the ten opposition wickets that fell on the day three of the third Border-Gavaskar Test.

Debutant Mayank Agarwal (28 batting), scored an impressive 76 in the first innings and Rishabh Pant (6) were at the crease.

None of Australia's batsmen could muster more than 22, again demonstrating how much they miss Steve Smith and David Warner, whose bans for ball-tampering run out in late March. Ishant Sharma gave India its first breakthrough as he dismissed Aaron Finch for 8 runs. It left the home side - chasing India's mammoth first-innings tally of 443 for 7 declared - tottering on 89 for 4 at lunch. The left-hander got an inside edge and was caught at short leg by Agarwal while Bumrah trapped Shaun Marsh (19) leg-before wicket with a cleverly disguised slower one that struck the batsman's pad on the full.

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Resuming the second session at 89/4, Australia immediately lost the in-form Travis Head (20) with pacer Jasprit Bumrah breaking through his defence to get his third victim.

With the lead at 392 Kohli appeared to be debating with his vice-captain whether to declare to spare his bowlers the possibility of injury as Cummins continually used the short ball as a weapon.

The most extended partnership was between Pat Cummins (17 runs) and Tim Paine of just 36 runs. After tea break, Bumrah dismissed captain Tim Paine, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood in space of just 9 balls to claim his 6-wicket haul.

Despite gaining a massive 292-run first innings lead, India however, decided against enforcing the follow-on and instead batted again.

Jadeja also found himself in the wickets column with the wicket of the in-form Usman Khawaja (21) to keep the Aussies at bay.

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