Cummins gives hope, but India still ahead after Australia's woeful batting

India's captain Kohli and Pujara run between the wickets as Australia's Starc reacts on day one of the third test match between Australia and India at the MCG in Melbourne

India's captain Kohli and Pujara run between the wickets as Australia's Starc reacts on day one of the third test match between Australia and India at the MCG in Melbourne

He was on eight when he feebly chipped an Ishant Sharma delivery to Agarwal at short midwicket, who took a hard diving catch.

Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, in his first year in test cricket, took a career-best 6-33 as India claimed a 292-run lead on the first innings.

The much-maligned MCG pitch erupted to life on what is traditionally moving day of any Test, with 15 wickets falling as Cummins and Jasprit Bumrah both made a mockery of batsmen.

India finished the day on 5/54 and Cummins followed up his first inning 3/72 with a haul of 4/34 that nearly saw the NSW quick bag a hat-trick after ripping through India's top order.

Bowling fiery spells full of precision and guile, the 25-year-old with his signature slingshot action helped rout Australia for 151 soon after tea in their reply to India's declared first innings total of 443/7.

Jasprit Bumrah was the hero of the day for India at the MCG on the third day of the ongoing Test match. Tim Paine is batting well on 22 but has been left alone with an improbable task. India has never won a test series in Australia.

India's captain Kohli chose not to enforce the follow-on.

Cummins bounced out Hanuma Vihari (13) for the second time in this Test, while Cheteshwar Pujara (0) was caught at short square leg for a duck following his hundred in the first innings.

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.

Kohli called his troops in towards the end of the final session, giving India's bowlers six overs at Australia's openers Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch before the close.

Jasprit Bumrah is already the World No.1 bowler in One Day Internationals and with this performance at Melbourne, he is trying to make sure that Clarke's prediction does not go wrong. The exit of all-rounder Mitch Marsh (nine), caught at slip off Jadeja's bowling, exposed Australia's tail. Australia still need 98 runs to avoid the follow-on.

Shaun Marsh was then deceived on the last ball of the morning by some late swing from Bumrah to be plum lbw.

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