Published: Sat, December 29, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

India in charge but devastating Cummins gives Australia hope

India in charge but devastating Cummins gives Australia hope

India might be way ahead of Australia in the Boxing Day Test but Pat Cummins is not willing to give up hope after he picked up 4 for 10 off 6 overs to reduce the formidable visitors to 54 for 5.

"It was obviously not ideal". "Let people say what they want (about my action)".

They batted through to lunch with scarcely an alarming moment.

"Even (since Pujara's dismissal), it just seems like they haven't got a lot of direction about what they're trying to achieve".

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In the 120th over of the match, Virat Kohli played a poetical glance off a Pat Cummins delivery onto his leg side. "For India, they [Kohli and Pujara] have had such a big impact on the series so far". "In my childhood, I used to watch a lot of cricketers bowling so I don't know how and when I developed this action", he said. "Keep absorbing pressure and score later, but evidently it did not work for us today", he added.

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.

It all began after the MCG crowd started chanting "show us your visa" to the Indian players and it led to a formal warning from Cricket Australia to spectators in the public area in the bottom tier of the MCG's Great Southern Stand. Monitoring of the crowd on day three also led to several fans being evicted.

"It's always going to be hard missing two of your best players".

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None of Australia's batsmen could muster more than 22, again demonstrating how much they miss the banned Steve Smith and David Warner.

"We wanted to play positive cricket, yes we lost a few more wickets than we wanted but we´ll try to add as many runs as we can tomorrow then we can come back and try to get them out", said Bumrah in explaining the decision. After Australia, India will be in neighbouring New Zealand for ODI and T20I series. "The wicket is still pretty good".

Bumrah returned second-best figures for an Indian bowler in Australia after Kapil Dev's 8-106 at Adelaide in 1985.

"The execution was good on the day, so I was really happy". "So hopefully there will be a 4-5 day break before Sydney", Cummins said.

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"You dare to dream", said Cummins on Australia´s chances of avoiding defeat, while defending what was arguably one of their worst battings displays in recent times. 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.

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