Cheteshwar Pujara century makes Australia toil against India at MCG

Cheteshwar Pujara century makes Australia toil against India at MCG

Cheteshwar Pujara century makes Australia toil against India at MCG

Rohit Sharma, who evaded being a hat-trick victim narrowly, fell to Hazlewood late in the day as India ended on a seemingly worrisome 54/5, yet unworried about the days to come.

At one point, this is what Cummins' bowling figures looked like. But he surpassed B Chandresekhar's twin hauls of 6-52 in each innings at this ground in 1977.

That plan appeared to backfire a fair bit when Cummins claimed all four scalps of India's top four, including the prized wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli for ducks, and Ajinkya Rahane for 1.

India's captain Kohli 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.

Travis Head (20) received similar treatment from the white-hot Bumrah just after lunch, with a cracking in-swinger dipping through an enormous gap the left-hander had left between bat and pad, sending bails flying.

Australia were in dire straits at 92-5 and things didn't improve when Ravindra Jadeja (2-45) struck for a second time against Mitchell Marsh (9). The next pair then batted with more patience and cut down on attacking strokes for the next hour. Pat Cummins (17) and Paine showed some of the resistance that has been typical of Australia's tail of late, but failed to make hugely meaningful totals.

- No Indian keeper has now taken more catches than Rishabh Pant (18) in a Test series.

But Cummins, bending his back for a third consecutive day, gave the 33,447-strong crowd hope of a miraculous turnaround by obliterating India's top order.

Australia finished 0-8 in response.

But Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris survived a testing few overs, with the only damage to Australia being a nasty blow to the helmet for Harris off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah. The fielder was stationed there for any aerial shot and the plan worked to get an early breakthrough.

Jasprit Bumrah picked up 6 wickets. Both were caught at leg gully. They used good footwork against Jadeja to smother the possibility of turn from the rough.

Bumrah trapped Shaun Marsh lbw with a textbook slower ball to end Friday's morning session then made a mess of Head's stumps.

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