Boxing Day Test: Jasprit Bumrah gives India control on 15-wicket day vs Australia

first_imgJasprit Bumrah tore apart Australia’s feeble batting line-up on a deteriorating pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to give India command of the Boxing Day Test against Australia.Despite taking a 292-run lead, India chose not to enforce the follow-on. They were reduced to 54 for 5 in their second innings but went to stumps with a lead of 346.Bumrah, who finished with 6 for 33, became the first Asian bowler to pick up five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England and Australia in his first year in Test cricket.India had declared after piling on 443 for 7 on Thursday. Australian openers Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch survived six testing overs from the Indian attack late in the evening but the hosts were blown away by Jasprit Bumrah, who bowled with pace and mixed the slower balls cleverly.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test Day 3: HIGHLIGHTS | AS IT HAPPENED | SCORECARDIt was, however, Ishant Sharma who started the damage for Australia when he dismissed Aaron Finch in the fifth over of the day. Bumrah then had Harris sent back before Ravindra Jadeja joined the party – playing his first Test in Australia, Jadeja snared Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh.Mohammed Shami bowled only 10 overs but he looked menacing – however, he had just one wicket to show for his guile and skills.The day really belonged to Jasprit Bumrah. He was menacing, quick, intimidating and exploited the variable bounce on the pitch to leave Australia rattled.India’s batsmen had fought hard for two days. Ricky Ponting even questioned Cheteshwar Pujara’s gritty hundred and said India might be left to rue his poor strike rate if they lost the Test match.advertisementBut it was evident batting was not easy on the MCG surface. Pujara and Finch had said as much after play on Thursday.On Friday, Jasprit Bumrah ensured Australia were in all sorts of trouble. It was bowling of the highest standard. His pace impressed even the Australian experts and left their batsmen dazed.There was more drama in store late. Despite a 292-run lead, Virat Kohli chose not to enforce the follow-on, perhaps worried his men might have to bat in the fourth innings on a surface that could not be trusted anymore.As it happened, Pat Cummins ripped through the Indian top-order. He picked up four wickets in four overs to give Australia some joy in what has been a tough Test match.Cummins first removed Hanuma Vihari to break what was another promising opeing stand. He then dismissed Pujara and Kohli for ducks within four deliveries. Josh Hazlewood then dismissed Rohit Sharma as India lost half their side.However, there are plenty of good things working for Indis still. Mayank Agarwal, who has had an impressive debut, was at the crease along with Rishabh Pant. Australia are still not out of choppy waters and it would take a massive effort from the hosts to turn their fortunes in Melbourne over the weekend.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah breaks 39-year-old Indian record in 1st year in Test cricketAlso Read | Rohit Sharma responds to Tim Paine’s IPL banter: If he gets a hundred, we’ll buy himAlso See:last_img read more