Australia vs India 3rd Test Day 3: India stumble in second innings, but Bumrah keeps them on top

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Jasprit Bumrah finished with career-best figures of 6-33 off 15.5 overs

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India lost five quick wickets in their second innings, but Jasprit Bumrah’s six-wicket haul ensured they kept hold of their advantage over Australia on the third day in Melbourne.

Starting off the day on 8/0, Australia only added 16 runs to their overnight score before opener Aaron Finch was caught by debutant Mayank Agarwal at short midwicket off the bowling of Ishant Sharma for eight runs.

Marcus Harris managed to make 22 before he was caught by Ishant at long leg off the bowling of Bumrah.

Usman Khawaja was the next to go as he was caught by Agarwal at short leg off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja for 21.

Shaun Marsh and Travis Head temporarily halted India’s charge with a 36-run partnership before Marsh was trapped lbw off the bowling of Bumrah for 19.

Bumrah then proceeded to take out Head for 20 before Mitchell Marsh was removed by Jadeja for nine runs.

Mohammed Shami cleaned up Pat Cummins for 17 before Bumrah sent captain Tim Paine, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood packing to bowl Australia out for 151, which gave India a 292-run lead.

Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers with six wickets, while Jadeja snapped up two, and Ishant and Shami chipped in with one wicket apiece.

With a 292-run lead in hand, India lost opener Hanuma Vihari early on as he was caught by Khawaja at gully off the bowling of Cummins for 13.

Cheteshwar Pujara failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Harris at leg gully off the bowling of Cummins, who took out India skipper Virat Kohli in the same fashion four balls later.

Ajinkya Rahane became Cummins’ fourth victim when he was caught behind for one run.

Rohit Sharma did not last long at the crease as he was caught by Shaun Marsh at slip off the bowling of Hazlewood for five runs.

Agarwal and Rishabh Pant ensured India made it safely to stumps as they forged an unbeaten 10-run partnership.

Agarwal finished on 28, which came off 79 balls and included four boundaries, while Pant remained undefeated on six, which came off 12 deliveries and included a solitary boundary.

Cummins was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Hazlewood claimed one.

India ended day three on 54/5 and will continue batting on Saturday at 10:30 local time or 23:30 GMT (the previous day).

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