Cummins finds unpredictable ally at MCG

After India win Melbourne Test by 137 runs, Kohli takes dig at 'experts'

After India win Melbourne Test by 137 runs, Kohli takes dig at 'experts'

Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja grabbed three wickets apiece to bowl India to a rare win in Australia.

Paine said on Macquarie Sports Radio that he had been expecting something for the bowlers early in the game, and was underwhelmed by the well-documented lack of bounce, which put ramped-up pressure on the MCC following a raft of lifeless first-class wickets at the MCG in recent years, most notably last year's Boxing Day Test pitch, which was rated "poor" by the ICC.

"We are going to win the first ball in the first over, and show a lot of fight and pride in playing for Australia". In a tense final over before lunch, Shaun Marsh was out leg-before wicket to Bumrah.

For the first time in history, India are leading by 2-1 in a Test series in Australia.

One shining light for fifth-ranked Australia in this match has been the all-round contributions of 25-year-old seamer Cummins, who claimed a career-best 6-27 in India's second innings before scoring a career-best 63.

11- Number of overseas Test wins for Virat Kohli as Indian captain in 24 matches, joint most with Sourav Ganguly. He said, "They outplayed us for the majority of the test match".

Jasprit Bumrah has emerged as the best bowler in world cricket now with 48 wickets in his debut Test season. Speaking to reporters at the post-match press conference, Paine said: "It is inexperience". He had also taken six wickets in India's second innings.

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"They've had some fantastic individual bowlers over the years, particularly famous for their spin, going back to when I first started with Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwath Chandrasekhar".

Australia will resume on 258-8, still 141 short of an unlikely win, but there was no doubt as to the headline act of Saturday's play in Melbourne.

It was more or less a ideal Test for India.

In fact, it has been India's batting which let the team down in the tours of South Africa and England with only Virat Kohli making a consistent impact, along with Cheteshwar Pujara.

Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are on track to play all four Tests against India, with the series finale starting in Sydney on Thursday.

India's Ishant Sharma walks up the players race during play on day five of the third cricket test between India and Australia in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. Asked about Bumrah's transformation, Kohli said: "We were most impressed with his fantastic levels of energy and fitness in white ball cricket". In reply, Australia managed 151.

Paine also accepted that the unavailability of the banned duo of Steve Smith and David Warner has left the Australian batting line-up devoid of experience.

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