Team India’s speedster Jasprit Bumrah was at his devastating best in the third test against Australia at Melbourne. He demolished the Aussies batting line-up with a superb six-wicket haul as India strengthened their grip on the third Test, despite Pat Cummins’s fiery spell in the second innings gave Australia a glimmer of hope on the third day of the Boxing Day Test here in Melbourne on Friday (December 28). 

Bumrah finished with a career-best haul of 6-33 to restrict the hosts for 151 in a dominant display of bowling. Overall, 15 wickets have fallen in the course of the day’s play with India comfortably seated in the driver’s seat. The visitors would also hope that the rain predictions for the remaining two days don’t dent their aspirations of taking a 2-1 lead. 

In the process, Bumrah became the first Asian bowler to take a five-for in each of Australia, England, and South Africa in the same calendar year before Virat Kohli opted not to enforce the follow-on. 

India lead Australia by 346 runs with 5 wickets remaining View More With Australia’s backs against the wall, Cummins (4-10) led a fightback thanks to a devastating spell of bowling that yielded four wickets in just eight balls – a previously dull surface suddenly coming to life. At the end of the day’s play, India were 54/5 with Mayank Agarwal (28*) and Rishabh Pant (6*) set to resume innings on day four.

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