MCG Test: Virat Kohli declares to set Australia target of 399
Pat Cummins took a career-best 6/27 at the MCG. © AFP

The dismissal of Rishabh Pant, trying to uppercut Josh Hazlewood, prompted the declaration from Virat Kohli to leave Australia a target of 399 in just under six sessions at the MCG.

Pant departed to Hazlewood as India‘s eighth wicket at 106, with a lead of 398. From the sidelines, Kohli immediately stood up and beckoned his batsmen back as he headed up the MCG stairs to the dressing room. (3rd Test, India vs Australia at MCG: FULL SCORECARD)

Pant was the third wicket to fall on Saturday morning as Pat Cummins surged to career-best Test figures of 6/27. Mayank Agarwal struck two flowing sixes down the ground off Nathan Lyon to move to 42 before he became Cummins’ fifth wicket, bowled when getting an inside edge to a ball that stayed low. Cummins had his sixth when Ravindra Jadeja spooned a catch to point where Usman Khawaja swooped in, and then Pant’s attempted waft at Hazlewood was pouched by Tim Paine.