Some questions came when Kohli declared their first inning 443 runs. Even critics blamed Kohli, Rohit could get 4th test century as he was in 63* runs. But Indian bowlers answered all the questions. Especially, Bumrah cleared all the confusions. Bumrah reached India to the safe territory!
When Australia started day three batting with 8 runs for no loss. But Cricket God thought something different. The rest is only for Jasprit Bumrah. His career-best bowling destroyed Aussie batting line up like a sands dam. He picked 6 wickets for 33 runs.
By this figure, he becomes the first Asian bowler, who takes minimum 5 wickets in a cricket calendar against four giants Australia, England, South Africa, and New Zealand.
Though Ishant Sharma brought the first breakthrough. When scoreboard was in 24 then he trapped Aron Finch to a catch to Maynak Agarwal. Then Australia lost 4 wickets by 89 runs before lunch. Bumrah made a fantastic combination of pace and slower.
Australia was in follow-on at home after 2004 Sydney test, is today in Melbourne test. Unfortunately, the Sydney test was against India too. But both of the time India didn’t follow on and they came to the batting.
Before stamps, India picked 54 runs for 5 wickets and leading for 346 runs. So it’s sure they got their winning score. They are on the driving seat of the Melbourne test. But wicket is going to be dangerous for batsmen next day. Because day three is the witness of 15 wickets.
Finally, we hope Tim Pain will come back to the game. They will tie up India early and come to the batting in day four of Melbourne. But you may acknowledge Bumrah reached India to the safe territory!
N.B: Picture is collected.