Bumrah career-best gives India control despite late collapse

MCG Test I made the most of Ranji Trophy experience by reversing the ball says Jasprit Bumrah

India 57-1 at lunch as MCG pitch under scrutiny

Being dismissed for 151 in reply to India's mammoth first innings total of 443-7, Australia needed an inspired bowling performance to breathe life back into the Test match and Cummins obliged the Aussie wishes.

"When I was bowling before lunch, the wicket was not doing a lot and the ball had become soft".

Khawaja reverse-swept Jadeja for four but was out the next delivery as the ball reared out of the rough to catch an edge that was well caught by Agarwal at short leg. The batsman tried an exaggerated onside flick, but ended up edging to slip as the ball exploded off the pitch. 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.

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India are now leading Australia by 346 runs with five wickets in hand and two full days play remaining.

The flat track in Melbourne follows much livelier pitches in Adelaide and Perth which produced results in the four-Test series which is on a knife-edge at 1-1. Bumrah returned after the break to get his third five-wicket haul of the year, as Paine nicked behind and Lyon fell LBW, and added one more to wrap up the innings quickly. "Yes, we lost a few more wickets than we wanted to but we will try to add as many runs as we want to and, hopefully, when we comeback in the next innings (to bowl), try to get them out as well", he said. Hopefully, there won't be too many overs tomorrow and we won't have to bowl last in this game. We are not focussing on that (tiring out Australian bowlers). His best scalp was the stunning slower ball yorker which trapped Marsh for 19.

Shaun Marsh showed a lot of discipline and nearly saw through the session but was flummoxed by a superb slower one by Bumrah off the last ball before lunch to be dismissed LBW for 19, leaving Australia in despair. I was just asked to strengthen my body because, they thought, I can lose my pace.

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