India won its last test round 2-1 in Australia.
|Second test, Melbourne Cricket Ground (day three).|
|Australia 195 (Labushan 48, Bumrah 4-56) and 133-6 (Wade 40, Jadeja 2-25).|
|India 326 (Rahane 112, Jadeja 57, Lyon 3-72)|
|Australia leads by 2 points|
Australia faces a daunting task to avoid defeat against India in the second test after the fall on the third day in Melbourne.
With 131 points in the first set, the hosts lost three wickets for a race and fell to 99-6 at the MCG.
A score between Cameron Green and Pat Cummins for 34 runs allowed them to reach 133 at the end of the run without losing again and to lead only two runs.
India had previously been fired for 326 and Ajinkya Rahane for 112.
Australia, which led 1-0 in the four-game Test series, won 71-2 for losing by four wickets in the final session.
Ravindra Jadeja won 2-25 and played 1-28 to the rhythm of beginner Mohammed Siraj.
India had to do without fast bowler Umesh Yadav for most of the game in the second set after he suffered a calf injury.
How the collapse occurred
Although less dramatic than India in the first test, Australian batters were stunned by the decimated attack of MCG bowling……
- 4-1 : Burns c Trousers b Umesh 4 – full rear edge opening, late delivery and recall consumed before departure
- 42-2 : Labuschagne c Rahane b Ashwin 41 – Australia’s best player of the first set got stuck on the back foot and flew off to slide.
- 71-3 : Smith booms 8 – Smith takes care of the tree stumps and bowls behind the square leg.
- 98-4 : Wade lbw Jadeja 40 – The opener is caught at the front when he tries to work the side of the leg.
- 98-5 : Head c Agarwal b Siraj 17 – A terrible hit sends the ball directly to the second slide.
- 99-6 : Paine c Pant b Jadeja 1 – Spurs, as Paine is excellently caught despite the lack of a clear mark at the HotSpot, Australia loses its third wicket in 23 balls.
Although Cummins and Green managed to put Australia at the helm on the last day, India will probably tie up the series on Tuesday.
A humble pie for breakfast! – Response
Steve Smith scored a zero and an eight in this test.
Captain India Ajinkya Rahane: You want to get your guts back in your head and leave. We still have four wickets – the game isn’t over yet.
Former Australian bowler Merv Hughes: There wasn’t much in the till, so you’d expect the Australians to make a breakthrough for maybe two or three races towards the end. There were a few stubborn batting exchanges, and we’re late, only thanks to Pat Cummins and Cameron Green.
Kristen Beams, former Australian spinner, at the ABC booth: It’s been a unique day. There have been some bad layoffs, especially at Travis Head; I think he’ll be disappointed to see that.
India excels despite setbacks
India is without his captain Virat Kohli, who returned home for the birth of his first child, but his replacement Rahane has given tourists a century’s head start.
Yadav started limping shortly after Burns’ dismissal and Rahane had to carefully manage his bowling attack.
Jadeja supported her 57 years with Wade’s main wicket as her bat, and Ravichandran Ashwin’s improved form allowed the spinners to hold the end and give the fast players time to breathe.
Bumrah found the rhythm on a seemingly quiet pitch and his Yorkshire side played a key role in the band with Australia.
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