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India bolster lead to 346 despite Cummins heroics in 3rd Test

29 December 2018

"When I was bowling there, the wicket had become really slow and the ball had become soft", Bumrah told Cricinfo. But when Kohli started to take on the short ball soon after being seen by the physio for a back complaint in the afternoon session, he was undone by pace spearhead Mitchell Starc.

Australia's leading spinner finally got a reward in his next over, trapping vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane lbw for 34 as the pitch started to show signs of variable bounce which could spell trouble for the home batsmen.

"Rohit was there at mid-off and he said, "it's the last ball, you could try a slower ball".

Before Bumrah, Dileep Doshi had the best tally in a debut year as far as Indian bowlers are concerned. If I say I don't believe in myself, who else will? They are trying their best, but it is just one of those things. Which meant, Cummins has now dismissed Kohli once in each of the four Tests the two have played against each other.

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli and right-hand batsman Cheteshwar Pujara are now holding the crease for the team at the respective scores of 47 and 68. "We've seen it for the whole series that there wasn't a high run rate throughout the day, but it was tough cricket".

Other chants from the bay, such as "Kohli's a wanker", were the cause for some complaints from other spectators but they were not deemed worthy of a warning. I was always confident that whenever I get a chance I would be able to do well. "Hopefully you keep on learning and keep improving and getting better".

Pujara consumed 319 deliveries for his 106-run knock as none of India's top five batsmen scored at a strike rate of more than 50.

Australia still had some hope with Usman Khawaja (21) and Shaun Marsh (19), the team's most experienced batsmen, at the crease, but they only added 17 runs in their six overs together before Khawaja prodded a Ravindra Jadeja delivery to Agarwal at short leg.

Despite gaining a massive 292-run first innings lead, India however, decided against enforcing the follow-on and instead batted again.

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"There were no such plans (after batting on)". In 14 matches, the Indian bowlers average just 24.15, the second-best in a year where they have played a minimum of five Tests. A spokesman said: "Cricket Australia takes a zero tolerance stance against any form of abuse or racial vilification at any of our matches, whether it be towards fans, players, or staff".

"We have bowled a lot of overs as well".

It was an arduous day for Australia's bowlers in hot conditions with Cummins' 3-72 proving the pick.

Fears of a repeat of last year's horror draw, which earned the MCG pitch its first ever poor rating, have only increased on day two with India set to resume at 2-215.

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India bolster lead to 346 despite Cummins heroics in 3rd Test