Jasprit Bumrah has finally managed to break the deadlock as he removed Pat Cummins in the morning session of day four to put Team India on top in the ongoing Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Incidentally, Cummins and Cameron Green added 50+ for the seventh wicket as was looking all settled in the middle.
Starting at 133 for six, both the overnight batsmen looked at ease against Indian bowlers who ran riot on day 3. They rotated the strike easily to keep the scoreboard moving as Australia stretched the lead. It was until India opted for the second new ball and Jasprit Bumrah was right on the money. It was an unplayable delivery from the fast bowler ended Pat Cummins’ vigil giving India the much-needed breakthrough.
Jasprit Bumrah breaks the deadlock
Just as it looked like the Aussies had found some rhythm and just as it looked like Jasprit Bumrah was looking non-threatening, he produces an absolute unplayable snorter. It was quick, short, skidding on after hitting the deck, so much so that Cummins can only manage to stick his bat out in front of his throat in self-defence before freezing. The ball finds that glove and lobs tamely in front of second slip and Mayank Agarwal completed an easy catch.
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Previously, at 99 for 6, Australia looked dead and buried but the seventh-wicket stand has ensured that India will bat again in this Test. But credit to India, they scrapped hard, the pitch was getting better to bat on, was slowing up and gave very little to both the pacers and the spinners – they kept plugging away, hit the right channels and kept asking questions.
Matthew Wade showed grit for his 40, but he was one of three batsmen to fall on either side of drinks in the final session. Cameron Green though showed patience and application while Pat Cummins followed him to keep the likes of Jasprit Bumrah at bay in the dying hours of day 3.