India had Australia pinned and only a count to three was needed. Instead, India decided to pick Australia up and give them an absolute beating. Guess what! Australia just retaliated in the best way possible. They’ve got India defending again. Well, this isn’t a wrestling bout. That’s how the 3rd test between India vs Australia has panned out after 3 days of intense cricket.
Australia resumed Day 3 at 8/0 and India’s best bowler – rather the series’ best pacer Jasprit Bumrah had the batters fending, eventually producing the best fast bowling spell of the series. His 6/33 meant Australia were bundled out for 151 in 66.5 overs – 103 overs fewer than India’s innings.
Very seldom has an Indian team managed a massive lead against Australia in their own backyard. A 292 run-lead will have most captains go for the kill. Virat Kohli, however, had other ideas. India decided to bat and at stumps, the men in blue are 54/5 after 27 overs. A 346-run advantage. The lead isn’t slender by any means but considering the weather forecast for the next two days – Kohli’s ploy might cost India the series.
The rain gods are expected to turn the taps on for the next two days & if India don’t manage to take the 3rd test home – 1.25 billion cricket pundits will have a go at the Indian skipper. That’s how minimal the margin for an error is.
If it doesn’t pour down & if India manage 75 more runs, they’ll be favourites to win the test. A certain Jasprit Bumrah doesn’t seem like slowing down whatsoever.
Did Kohli declare because he wanted to rest his pacers for the final test? That’ll probably be the most outrageous reasoning. Firstly – The current game needs to be put to bed first. India have a chance to win the 3rd comfortably. Why think about the 4th test already? Secondly – India bowled only 66.5 overs. Not many for a fit bowling unit. Had they asked Australia to bat again, plenty could have happened in 27 overs.
DAY 3 – THE GIST
Aaron Finch was the first to depart. The Aussie batter hit one straight to Mayank Agarwal at short mid-wicket. Bumrah removed Marcus Harris with a short delivery and Shaun Marsh was completely beaten by a Jasprit Bumrah special. A slower delivery was enough to bamboozle the southpaw. Travis Head, Tim Paine, Nathan Lyon & Josh Hazlewood were his next four scalps. Bumrah finished with figures of 6/33 – assuredly the spell of the series.
Ravindra Jadeja picked 2/45 holding batsmen at one end & Bumrah, on the other hand, was spitting venom. India gained a 292-run lead and decided to bat again. Not the most popular decision among the cricket pundits and at stumps Kohli’s men are struggling at 54/5. Pat Cummins dismissing 4 top order batters.
15 batsmen were dismissed on Day 3 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. What looked like a blockish test has gathered up some much-needed momentum & if the rain gods stay away, team India will walk into the 4th test 2-1.
JASPRIT BUMRAH IN 2018
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Jasprit Bumah now has 5-wicket hauls in South Africa, England & India. All this in his first year of test cricket.
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HOW THE SOCIAL MEDIA REACTED AFTER DAY 3
With rain forecast for the next 2 days, even more baffled with the decision not to enforce the follow on.
Maybe just the 2 day gap before Sydney might have played a factor.#AUSvIND
— Monish Menon (@monishmenon) December 28, 2018
Slow run rate while batting is now balanced with brilliant bowling.
Chances of rain are 60% and 80% on day 4 and 5.
Should we have enforced the follow on ? Yes, imo. Not happy with the call.
— RaviTeja Palagummi (@raviteja_pj) December 28, 2018
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