India thwarted as Cummins sends Test into final day

Indian Captain Virat Kohli Pujara and Rahane celebrate after winning the third test match between Australia and India at the MCG in Melbourne

India took just 4.3 overs to take the remaining two wickets of Australia.

The writing was very much on the wall for the hosts on the fourth day itself with all of the Indian bowlers finding their spots to have the hosts eight down.

"We're going to go out tomorrow [today] and try and win the first ball and the first over, and show a lot of fight and a lot of pride going out there to bat for Australia", Lyon said when asked whether Australia had a chance. "Be it the Boxing day, be it any other day, I always wanted to play Test cricket and I made my debut against South Africa in January this year".

Now that the series can't be lost, India can breathe a little easy, but Bumrah's partners in Sydney - a Test, Kohli said, India want to win and not just hang on to for a draw - will be crucial.

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

India defeated Australia at MCG by the margin of 137 runs and it turned out to be India's 150th Test victory.

"You have to give everything that you have to win a win a series away from home, it has to be an obsession", said Kohli, who has now won 11 tests away from home, equalling the India record of former skipper Sourav Ganguly.

"Regardless of it being the last Test match, he will be willing to push himself and start for the team but it depends on what kind of pitch we get in Sydney".

A dream year for Bumrah and India's quicks
Since the start of the South Africa tour, Australia have averaged 233 with the bat and have scored in excess of 350 only twice. Usman Khawaja (21) fell to this ploy, caught at short leg, as Australia slipped further to 53 for 3 in the 20th over.

"I mean, in test cricket if there is a pitch like Perth, I wouldn't want to face Jasprit Bumrah, to be honest, because once he's on a roll he can really crank it up".

"They've been so exhausted and bowled so many overs".

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.

The comments from the players follow remarks made by a few of Australia's commentators on air during the Test that downplayed the first-class structure in India by the likes of Kerry O'Keefe and Mark Waugh. Cheteshwar Pujara's patient 106 included a 170-run stand with Kohli (82) for the third wicket.

Aaron Finch again struggled at the top of the order, with his role as a Test opener under intense scrutiny with growing speculation that he will be axed for the next Test in Sydney this week.

Bumrah was supported well by Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma. "But I think it's pretty common when you've got inexperienced players in your top six against high-quality bowling", he said.

Australia was dismissed for 151 on Friday in reply to India's 443-7 declared.

Australian captain Tim Paine has launched a scathing criticism of the state of pitches in Australia.


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