India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 Live Cricket Score and Updates: Australia fight back but India near 350-run lead
Jasprit Bumrah rattled Australia's top order. (AFP Image)

Hope you liked our coverage of Day 3. Join us tomorrow for what could probably be the final day of Test cricket in the series in 2018. Until then, have a wonderful day.

There you have it, folks. The most eventful day of the match comes to a finish. A manic day to say the least, with 15 wickets falling today. After India again won the first two sessions, Australia absolutely dominated post tea, reducing the visitors to 55 for 5 in their second innings once Kohli refused to enforce the follow-on. It’s a decision which surely will be debated, irrespective of the result. But India wouldn’t press the panic button just yet, having a lead of 346 runs. On a deteriorating surface, Australia will not find batting fourth easy. 

Two overs remain. Will Australia be able to get one more? India 47 for 5.

EDGED and TAKEN: Rohit Sharma is the fifth Indian wicket to fall with the score on 44. Short and wide from Hazlewood but he finds the edge and Mitch Marsh takes an easy catch at first and only slip. Australia right back in in. India lead by 336.

Time for a breather following that chaotic period of play. Pat Cummins, my god has he produced the spell of the series or what? Just two days back, Trent Boult delivered a similar spell against Sri Lanka, and now this. Boy, these Boxing Day Tests are fun!

WICKET: Four… yes, that’s four wickets for Cummins. It’s all happening so quickly. That leg side ploy is working magic for Australia. Ajinkya Rahane out caught down legside, feathers the ball into Paine’s gloves. Cummins on a hat-trick, but Rohit avoids him the feat. India 30 for 4. 

ANOTHER WICKET: This time it’s Virat Kohli, also OUT for a duck. And can you believe it? It’s Cummins again. Drops it slightly short and the Indian captain flicks it to leg-gully. Brilliant captaincy. India have lost all three wickets with the score on 28. They have a lead of 332, and at this moment, the contribution of that first innings lead of 292 is looking immense.

WICKET: Ok then, hang on. Two wickets in three deliveries for Cummins as India lose their second wicket. Pujara, the first innings centurion dismissed for a DUCK. A fuller ball into the pads and Pujara flicks it to leg-gully. The last time Pujara got a century and a duck in the same match was in Colombo during India’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2015 – 145* and 0.

OUT: In almost a repeat dismissal from the first innings, Pat Cummins has again bounced out Hanuma Vihari. The ball drops short and takes the shoulder of the bat before lobs in the air for a simple catch to Usman Khawaja. India 28 for 1, lead by 320.

– 11 over gone and India have moved to 26 for no loss, extending lead to 318 runs. They don’t seem to be in a hurry which points out that India are not showing any urgency. And rightly so because they have six and a half sessions left in this Test, which is plenty of time considering the third innings is already underway.

– In case you’re still wondering how invaluable Bumrah has been this year, here is a stat that highlights it.

India off the mark: Hanuma Vihari scores a boundary to open India’s account in the second innings. Mayank Agarwal hits a four off the first ball he faces, meaning India’s lead has now extended to 300.

India to bat again: Ok, this is strange. Despite a first-innings lead of 292, India have decided not to enforce the follow-on and opted to bat again. Then again, they might have made this call to avoid a scenario of batting fourth, as far fetched as that might be. With seven sessions to go, perhaps they want to get 100-odd runs and put Australia in. Also, there’s prediction for rain. Well, whatever the reason may be, this is sure to spark a debate.

ALL OUT: Australia bundled out for 151. Yes, it did happen that quickly. Six wickets for Jasprit Bumrah, who strikes twice in one over to bring the innings to a close. He first trapped Nathan Lyon out LBW to secure his third five-wicket-haul in Tests and three balls later, cleaned up No. 11 Josh Hazlewood to finish with astonishing figures of 6 for 33. Clinical performance this from him.

WICKET: That’s No.7 for India. Bumrah strikes in his first over of a fresh spell as he has Tim Paine out caught behind for 22. What a bowler he is. If there were concerns about his injury, you can dispel them. Right then, Australia 8 down for 147 and are staring at follow-on.

TEA: Australia head into the break at 145 for 7, behind India bu 298 runs. Well, it’s another session that belonged to India. They picked up three wickets for 56 runs and are closing in on enforcing a follow on. Australia still need another 99 runs to avoid it. Tim Paine has battled his way to 22 off 79, but how long can he hold the innings together with the tail exposed and India’s bowlers looking ruthless. Join us for the final session in about 15 minutes.

WICKET: Timber… Doesn’t matter that India lost a review. Shami gets one to straighten after pitching and Pat Cummins is BOWLED. He batted well for 17 and the partnership of 36 with his skipper Paine looked good while it lasted. But India have broken through and Australia have lost their 7th wicket for 138. Surely, India are in a position to enforce the follow-on.

– India lose a review. Shami rapped Paine on the pads but the umpire declared it not out. A persistent Kohli went upstairs but the ball was heading over the stumps.

Pat Cummins and Tim Paine have added 28 off 88 deliveries to take the total to 130 for 6, an extremely crucial stand this for Australia, Throughout the series, their tail has frustrated India barring the second innings at Perth. Oh how much would they love a repeat of it here. Australia still some distance from avoiding the follow on.

Meanwhile, that wicket of Marsh was Jadeja’s 50th against Australia in Tests.

– Hanuma Vihari, the man with the golden arm has been introduced. And there you go, he almost picks up a wicket first ball. Cummins comes forward and offers a faint nick, but Rishabh Pant fails to hang on to it. An extremely tough chance, especially in comparison to the chances Australia spilled yesterday. Australia 114 for 6, trail by 329 runs.

GONE: Australia SIX down. Strange shot by Mitchell Marsh brings his downfall. He goes for a booming drive, but the ball takes the inside edge of his bat, hits the pad and goes straight to Ajinkya Rahane at slip. A puzzled Marsh waits at first and then walks off. Australia in dire straits here at 102 for 6, trail India by 341 runs. Is a follow-on on the cards?

BOWLED HIM: Travis Head cleaned up as Bumrah picks up his third wicket. Australia in all kind of trouble at 92 for 5. Full and swinging delivery from Bumrah and Head is beaten for pace. Exceptional stuff from Bumrah. This is the fourth time in the series that he has three wickets in an innings to his name. What do Australia do? Where do they go to avoid this?

We’re back. A challenging session this promises to be for Australia. With four wickets falling in the first session, the onus is now on Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, and then we’re on to nine, 10 and Jack.

This is how Shaun Marsh was dismissed…

– 81 runs scored in this session and while the scoring rate has been healthy, Australia would head into the break believing they could have lost fewer wickets. Anyway, a fabulous session for India as plenty of work remains to be done by Head and the rest of Australia’s batsmen.

WICKET: Oh dear, Australia have lost a fourth wicket off the last ball of the session. Shaun Marsh is out LBW to Bumrah. He is gutted, and rightfully so. All that hardwork undone. With that, lunch has been taken with Australia reaching 89 for 4. Decent effort from Marsh and Head to take Australia forward after losing their top three wickets for 53 runs, but that last wicket would hurt deeply.

– With a partnership of 33 off 52, Shaun Marsh and Travis Head are beginning to settle in. Head is 12 off 23 while Marsh is 16 off 44. The balls don’t matter though. These two left-handers need to rebuild the innings for Australia. With the lunch interval approaching in the next 15 minutes or so, their priority is to play out the session wicketless. India’s bowlers are settling into their rhythm with the pitch beginning to assist them.

25 overs gone: Australia 71 for 3. Ishant has replaced Shami after a four-over spell.

GONE: That’s another one down for Australia. Mayank Agarwal takes another sharp catch to remove Usman Khawaja and leave Australia 3 down for 53. Khawaja presents the dead bat but the ball, pitching in the rough, turns just about enough to take the inside half of his bat and lob straight into Agarwal’s hands at forward short leg. Also, first Test wicket for Jadeja in Australia.

50 up for Australia with a reverse sweep from Khawaja that resulted in a boundary. Marsh is off the mark, after 17 balls. India mounting pressure.

DRINKS BREAK: No prizes for guessing who the session has belonged to. India have removed Australia’s openers. Ravindra Jadeja into the attack. Plenty of footmarks around the batsmen’s off stump. Marsh and Khawaja haven’t been the most confident-looking Australian batsmen in the series. Won’t be easy against Jadeja’s left-arm spin.

– Shaun Marsh is the new batsman in, and with Khawaja, he has a massive job to build the innings from here onward. India have a spring in their step, and rightfully so. The game is alive, folks. Australia 40 for 2.

OUT:  Marcus Harris top edges a pull and is out caught by Ishant. Australia 36 for 2. Whoa… what a start for India. Bumrah drops this one short and Harris, going for the pull, top edges the ball straight down Ishant’s throat at deep fine leg. Easiest of catches this and India have got what they wanted. Openers back in the hut cheaply.

WATCH IT TO BELIEVE

Usman Khawaja is the new man in. He has struggled to get going so far in the series with his 72 in the second innings of Perth Test being his most fluent knock of the series. India would fancy this. Two left handers batting.

OUT: First wicket for India as Ishant removes Finch for 8. What a stunning catch from Mayank Agarwal at short-mid wicket. Fuller delivery from Ishant and Finch, tempted to go for a flick hits the ball straight into the hands of Agarwal. The debutant continues to impress. Equally good captaincy from Kohli, who brought Agarwal up in that over. Australia 24 for 1.

– For all the hue and cry taking place over the surface, there aren’t no demons in it, at least for now. The ball is coming nicely on to the bat. Perhaps there might be something on offer with Ravindra Jadeja operating. Do not forget that India can also use Hanuma Vihari’s handy off spin.

-FINCH gets going: Oh what a lovely crisp drive from Aaron Finch. Ishant bowls this wide outside off and Finch puts in a nice stride forward and pierces the gap in the off side for a confident looking boundary. Both batsmen looking a lot more confident than they looked yesterday in the last 25-odd minutes of play. Australia 20 without loss.

FOUR: First boundary of the innings. Wide outside off from Bumrah and Harris just glides the ball between point and gully. Follows it with a solid defence next ball. Australia 16 for 0, looking in control so far.

– Right then. Finch and Harris are out there, so is the Indian team. Ishant Sharma has the ball and starts off with WAIT-FOT-IT a no-ball first up. Harris flicks it for a single, received by a huge round of appluase from the MCG crowd. Day 3 officially underway.

Ok then. What do you make of the pitch? Australia surely won’t find it easy batting on this…

A very good morning to everyone. Welcome to CricketCountry‘s live coverage of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. After two engrossing days of Test cricket, the third day promises to be even more invigorating. India have done their first act right, that is batted long enough to put up a competitive first innings total of 443 for 7. Australia in reply are 8/0 having safely negotiated seven overs from the Indian bowlers last evening, but here starts their real Test.

The surface is beginning to do things now. There is turn on offer and the occasional delivery is staying low. Hence, the possibility of a result is pretty much expected. How will the Aussies fare? Live action starts in just about 10 minutes. Be with us for constant updates.