India vs Australia: Former England skipper believes only rain can save Australia in MCG Test
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India vs Australia: Former England skipper believes only rain can save Australia in MCG Test

Jasprit Bumrah ended with a career-best 6-33, collecting his third five-wicket Test haul having also achieved the feat against South Africa and England. India claimed a 292-run lead on the first innings.

cricket Updated: Dec 28, 2018 21:45 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Australia's bowler Nathan Lyon (L) and India's batsman Rishabh Pant share a smile.(AFP)

Former England captain Michael Vaughan was extremely critical of the Australia batsmen after the hosts were bundled out for 151 on Day 3 of their third Test match against India in Melbourne.

India had Australia on the ropes and staring at defeat in the third Test after skittling them for 151 before a devastating spell by Pat Cummins sparked the game back into life. However, Vaughan believes that only rain can save Australia from conceding a 2-1 lead in the four-match Test series.

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“The only thing that can save the Aussies in Melbourne is rain ... they have no chance chasing down the Indian target if the declared now ... !! What a great series this has been ... 👍,” Vaughan tweeted.

Jasprit Bumrah ended with a career-best 6-33, collecting his third five-wicket Test haul having also achieved the feat against South Africa and England. India claimed a 292-run lead on the first innings. Australia’s brittle batting lineup was bowled out for 151 in reply to India’s 443-7 declared and Vaughan was all praise for the fast bowler.

“As good a day of fast bowling as you can see ... @Jaspritbumrah93 is outstanding !! He should have got a bag full in Perth but gets his rewards in Melbourne ... The Aussies batting once again fails under pressure ... Technically so poor ... #AUSvIND,” he posted on Twitter.

However, Virat Kohli’s batsmen struggled as much as their Australian counterparts with seamer Pat Cummins taking four wickets in a lion-hearted spell as India staggered to stumps at 54-5 on another stifling day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Dec 28, 2018 20:41 IST