MCG Test: Australia 44/2 at lunch on day four after India set them 399
Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the wicket of Aaron Finch. © AFP

India need eight wickets to beat Australia after keeping them to 44/2 by lunch on day four at the MCG after setting a target of 399 in just under six sessions.

Jasprit Bumrah extended Aaron Finch’s struggles to add a seventh wicket in the Test, and shortly before the lunch break Ravindra Jadeja struck to get Marcus Harris.

Under somewhat gloomy skies, India added 53 runs to their total for the loss of three wickets. The dismissal of Rishabh Pant, trying to uppercut Josh Hazlewood, prompted the declaration from Virat Kohli with India 106/6, 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. (FULL SCORECARD: INDIA vs AUSTRALIA, MCG TEST)

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 Jadeja spooned a catch to point where Usman Khawaja swooped in, and then Pant’s attempted waft at Hazlewood was pouched by Tim Paine.

Bumrah struck second ball when Aaron Finch arched his back and steered straight to Kohli at second slip who cupped a sharp catch above his head. Bumrah nearly had Usman Khawaja too, when the left-hander flicked to Agarwal at ankle height at short leg but the ball didn’t stick.

Khawaja was worked over by Bumrah, squared up and squirting past gully for four in his next over, and then saw India unsuccessfully review a not-out decision for an inside edge in Jadeja’s first over. Jadeja didn’t have to wait long for his wicket. Harris (13) pressed forward and got a thin edge that Agarwal at short leg held onto this time.

Lunch: Australia 44/2 & 151 need 355 runs to beat India 443/7 decl & 106/8 decl