Australia fight back against India in action-packed day three

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Being dismissed for 151 in reply to India's mammoth first innings total of 443-7, Australia needed an inspired bowling performance to breathe life back into the Test match and Cummins obliged the Aussie wishes. The visitors were struggling at 54/5 in 27 overs in their second essay but had the upper hand.

Debutant Mayank Agarwal, who struck a half-century in the first innings, was batting on 28 and giving him company was Rishabh Pant on 6.

While it was welcome relief for Australian bowlers who had exhausted in the Melbourne heat, it hinted at a pitch that could become even more miserable for the hosts to bat on as the game passes the halfway point.

Australia's first innings spanned just 66.5 overs.

India's batsmen had fought hard for two days. Kohli though decided not to enforce the follow-on and the Indian mini-collapse followed thereafter.

Cummins helped restrict India to 54-5, but they still lead by 346 runs.

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Bumrah claimed a third victim when he bowled Travis Head (20) at 92-5.

Bumrah bowled a 141 kph delivery on the penultimate ball of the session and was awaiting a similar type of delivery on the next ball as well. To India's credit, they never relented the bowling pressure and executed their plans to near perfection.

Cummins first removed Hanuma Vihari to break what was another promising opeing stand. We are not focussing on that (tiring out Australian bowlers).

Australia had resumed on Friday on 8-0 and staggered to 89-4 at lunch. Having started his career as a limited overs specialist, Bumrah's Test career has been on a high ever since he made his debut in South Africa earlier this year. Usman Khawaja (21) fell to this ploy, caught at short leg, as Australia slipped further to 53-3 in the 20th over. However, the shot did not have enough to reach the boundary but the Indian skipper saw a potential four runs with his exceptional speed between the wickets. They used good footwork against Jadeja to smother the possibility of turn from the rough. His best scalp was the stunning slower ball yorker which trapped Marsh for 19.

Cheteshwar Pujara became a part of an unwanted list on Day 3 of the third Test match between India and Australia in Melbourne as the 30-year-old batsman achieved the feat of being dismissed for a hundred and a duck in the same match twice.

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