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India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 5 in Melbourne, highlights: As it happened

India vs Australia: Catch all the action from day 5 of the ongoing Ind-Aus encounter from the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

By HT Correspondent | Dec 30, 2018 11:55 IST

As it happened: Short ball, angled in, Lyon wanted the pull, top edge through to Pant. India have done it. The energy of the bowlers have made it possible. Kohli and boys retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. 150th Test win for the Indian team. (Full scorecard)


Follow India-Australia highlights below:

8:09 hrs IST

Jasprit Bumrah - Man of the match

“To play Test cricket is a great feeling: be it Boxing Day or any other day. I made my India debut in Australia, so great feeling. I always focus on consistency. When you have so many options, you may get confused. Someday you get wickets, someday another mate will, but we don’t think about those. Bowled a lot, but I don’t mind, because this is why we train. We bowl a lot in Ranji-Trophy cricket, and it pays off.”

8:07 hrs IST

Not going to stop here - Kohli

We are not going to stop here. This has given us more confidence to play more positive cricket in Sydney. We’ve done well in all three departments, which is why we’ve retained the trophy. But we want to continue. This is how we played in South Africa too, and we’re not ready for the final game. It’s a good thing I don’t read any comments or opinions (on not enforcing the follow on). I wanted us to bat more, and add some more runs, because batting would be difficult on day four and five. We knew that it would be tough for Australia, but credit to our bowlers, especially Jasprit.

8:05 hrs IST

Tim Paine speaks

Tim Paine: “We made some strides forward in Perth, but this was disappointing. We’re playing against some of the best bowlers, and we need to find positives before Sydney. Another huge challenge coming up. We had little discussions about the batting order, but conditions in Sydney will be different, so we’ll decide on the best formula. The pitch was a good one, although some said it’s a ‘bad wicket’. I was glad I didn’t win the toss, because I wanted to bowl anyway. Would’ve looked disastrous. Cummins has been superb all series. The quality was always there, but the Australian public can see his effort. We just need a few more guys to jump in with him. It’s been a difficult year, but the silver lining is that we’ll have some world-class players available for selection in a few months. And we’ll see the benefits of what happened this year over the next few.”

7:52 hrs IST

Ishant gets the job done

Short ball, angled in, Lyon wanted the pull, top edge through to Pant. India have done it. The energy of the bowlers have made it possible. Kohli and boys retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. 150th Test win for Kohli’s boys.

7:43 hrs IST

Bumrah strikes

Length ball, seams away, Cummins edges and is caught by Pujara. INdia on the cusp

7:32 hrs IST

Bumrah from the other end

The bowler India would want to finish things off. He starts with a short ball, played very well by Cummins. Superb application by Pat

7:27 hrs IST

Ishant with the ball

There is an issue with the footmarks, Ishant wants saw dust to fix it. Another delay. The crowd is buzzing, ah well, they are primarily Indians

7:17 hrs IST

These are the revised conditions

71 overs available. Remember new ball is 5 overs old.

If the weather holds, this newish ball should get the job done. But fingers will be crossed all through the day

6:57 hrs IST

Good news

Official: If no more rain, play to resume at 12.55pm local time. That’s 30 minutes. 7.25am IST.

If no more rain, if no more rain!

6:45 hrs IST

Covers dragged off

6:25 hrs IST

Revised timings

5:43 hrs IST

Some positive news

According to local weather channels, the sun should be out at 1:00pm (local) ie 7:30am IST at the MCG.

We are hoping, so you can too.

5:28 hrs IST

Pouring now

Well, well. It has started to belt down at the MCG. Players rush back inside. This can be one of those days. The fickle Melbourne weather will play all its tricks today

5:16 hrs IST

Start looks imminent

5:03 hrs IST

Forecast is positive

4:45 hrs IST

Start could be delayed

4:11 hrs IST

Bleak as of now

4:03 hrs IST

Oh no...

3:53 hrs IST

The irresistible India bowling

The trio of Bumrah, Shami and Ishant has picked up 131 wickets between themselves in 2018 and as a result, they broke the 34-year-old record which was previously held by the legendary West Indies trio of Joel Garner, Michael Holding and Malcolm Marshall.

3:42 hrs IST

The sledging game was on

The verbal volleys continued between the two sets of players on the penultimate day of the third Test between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.

Read what happened between Pant, Lyon, Kohli

3:31 hrs IST

How’s the weather?