Was Kohli’s decision to bat again right? After having Australia on the mat, team India decided to bat & are in a spot of bother at 54/5 at stumps. With the rain gods hovering over the G for days 4 & 5 will this ploy cost India?
Bumrah dismantled the top order
Jasprit Bumrah ripped through the top order of the Australian batting line-up after having taken his career-best figures of 6 for 33. He bowled with pace and aggression and cleverly used his variations to fox the batsmen.
Shaun Marsh was undone by a slower Yorker
It was the last ball before lunch on day 3, Shaun Marsh and Travis Head had settled in the crease by then. Australia were already three down and a wicket before lunch would have been the ideal end for India in the first session of play.
Shaun Marsh was looking to survive Bumrah’s last ball and come fresh after lunch but never expected what happened next.
Bumrah bowled an in dipping slow yorker at the stumps which crashed into Marsh’s pad and he was trapped plumb in front of the wicket.
He got the better of Travis Head who was rotted in the crease and was beaten for pace. He bowled the ball wide of the crease which swung back late and dismantled Head’s stumps.
Although Shami’s % of balls hitting the stumps are more yet Bumrah was more effective because he varied his line and length and used the short ball to good effect.
Jadeja did his job
Lot was expected from Ravindra Jadeja who did his job by picking the all-important wicket of Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh. Although he was economical and tied down the scoring rate but he was not hitting the stumps regularly but he was better compared to his rival Nathan Lyon.
India and skipper Virat Kohli will be hoping for a better display from Jadeja the next time around when India bowls in the fourth innings.
Vihari’s struggle against Short Ball continues
Patrick Cummins once again used the short ball strategy against Hanuma Vihari which paid dividends as Vihari hold out to Usman Khawaja while defending a short ball. It got big on Vihari and he only managed to lob the ball Usman Khawaja to gully.
Patrick Cummins used the leg side strategy to good effect
After having bowled Australia for a paltry 151 at stumps India are 5 down for 54 in their 2nd innings at end of day 3 all thanks to Patrick Cummins who gave some hope to the Aussie for a fight back.
He used the leg side strategy and trapped Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane who tried to glide the ball down the leg side for a single.
Kohli and Pujara were dismissed for a duck for the second time in 2018 that too in the same match both have played.
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