India is rushing towards a memorable series leveling victory at MCG, with tourists breaking through Australia’s fragile top orders in a second test.
Australia plunged 133-6 on the third day of the Boxing Day test, leading with two runs with four wickets in hand.
Promising all-rounders Cameron Green (17 not out) and Pat Cummins (15 out) will be in charge of difficult rescue missions when play resumes on Tuesday.
Little was successful for Australia in the disastrous final session, losing 4 at 68, and captain Tim Payne was probably at the wrong end of the controversial DRS decision.
India reviewed the field umpire’s out-out call after Payne tried to cut spinner Ravindra Jadeya.
The replay didn’t show anything in the hotspot, but Snico’s slight spike as the ball passed Pain’s bat was enough for the third referee, Paul Wilson, to hit number seven.
India lost 49-5 in the first session, claiming a one-inning lead of 131 runs. This could have been more without the disastrous runout of the courageous 112 captain Ajinkya Rahane.
India was dissatisfied with not posting more than 326, but the lower collapses are not costing them.
All five Indian bowlers took wickets, emphasized by Jasprit Bumrah, who insists on Steve Smith’s precious scalp to continue the slump in form, which is the most feared form of Australian star career.
The world’s number one test batter fell to eight, and the ball cut off the top of Smith’s foot stump and fired strangely.
The 31-year-old has endured the worst series of his career in two games with an average of 3.3 times in four test contests.
Smith starred in the ODI series for two centuries in November, but was concerned about back injuries in the first test and has since been seen in the shadow of his previous self.
But Australia hasn’t posted more than 195 scores in the four innings of the series, so batting concerns don’t end with Smith.
The failure of Joe Burns’ second match put his international career in the opening round at serious risk.
Queensland followed the first inning duck with Scratch 4 and was caught behind Quick Umesh Yadaf in India.
Curiously, Burns chose to challenge the referee’s call and burned one of Australia’s reviews after the replay showed a clear hotspot on his bat.
No 5 Travis Head (17) was caught on a second slip after a wide delivery slash and South Australia was again unable to take advantage of a promising start.
Makeshift opener Matthew Wade was Australia’s only batter, facing the sixth-most 137 balls in test cricket and scoring a top score of 40.
What makes India’s performance even more striking is how quickly it bounced off after a record low score of 36 at the Adelaide Oval.
India has made four changes, including a forced omission of Virat Kohli, but has been stylishly led by Rahane.
The only concern for tourists is the injury to Yadav’s leg, which staggered the field during the fourth over.
India approaches second test as vulnerable Australia collapses at MCG | Australian Cricket Team
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