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Jasprit Bumrah’s 6 for 33 puts India in command

India 7 for 443 dec and 5 for 54 (Agarwal 28*, Cummins 4-10) lead Australia 151 (Bumrah 6-33) by 346 runs

The Report by Akshay Gopalakrishnan

After two days of attritional batting, Jasprit Bumrah showed that bowlers had a place on this seemingly flat MCG surface, displaying outstanding mastery of skills in a career-best 6 for 33 to send Australia packing for 151. It was the standout performance on a third day that overturned much of what had been previously said and written about this Test.

For two days, as India went about their seemingly endless first innings, there were cries lamenting a dead surface, a long, meandering draw, and suggestions that the MCG be stripped of Boxing Day-hosting honours. After a 15-wicket Friday, a draw looked highly unlikely.

Just how did it come down to this? Never mind what indications the surface had given over the past two days, with moments of unpredictable bounce, puffs of dust, and gradually widening cracks – this was a twist no one really saw coming. There is no one answer. This was a combination of many factors.

-Ref. by ESPNcricinfo


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