Australia faces an enormous problem to keep away from defeat within the second cricket check towards India on the Melbourne Cricket Floor after the house facet suffered one other batting collapse on Monday’s third day of play.
India’s efficiency represents a surprising reversal of kind, following an embarrassing eight-wicket loss in Adelaide within the first check of the four-match collection.
Main by simply two runs total, Australia will resume its second innings on Tuesday on 133-6. Cameron Inexperienced (17 not out) and Pat Cummins (15 not out) have added 34 off 112 balls for the seventh wicket and hanging on grimly.
Second-gamer Inexperienced hit a back-foot drive by mid-off for a boundary within the remaining over of the day to place Australia in entrance, as the gang of 24,995 discovered a uncommon purpose to cheer.
Trailing by 131 runs on the primary innings after India scored 326, Australia misplaced the wickets of Joe Burns (4) and Marnus Labuschagne (28) earlier than tea on Monday.
A nervous-looking Burns, who has scored Zero and Four in Melbourne, was caught behind off the bowling of Umesh Yadav.
Yadav limped off with a calf-muscle damage halfway by his fourth over, depleting India’s bowling assault.
Labuschagne fell on 28, when he was caught at slip off the bowling of spinner Ravi Ashwin.
Australia’s batting hopes initially rested with check cricket’s top-ranked batsman Steve Smith. Nonetheless, Smith has not reached double figures as soon as within the collection — the previous check skipper was bowled round his legs by Jasprit Bumrah for eight at 71-3.
Matthew Wade was LBW to spinner Ravindra Jadeja at 98-4, after scoring 40 off 137 balls in a gritty efficiency. Head (17) performed an formidable shot at a large ball from Mohammed Siraj, and was caught at second slip with the entire nonetheless on 98.
Australia suffered a middle-order collapse, dropping three wickets for one run, together with the dismissal of Tim Paine. The skipper was caught behind off the bowling of Jadeja (2-25), following a video evaluate.
Cummins was dropped on 11 by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, though it was a really tough likelihood.
Whereas India loved one other day of dominance, the vacationers may have been in a good higher place.
India was bowled out simply earlier than lunch for 326, dropping its final three wickets for one run.
Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane was needlessly run out for 112, when Jadeja was looking for a single on 49. Rahane and Jadeja (57) had steered India to a first-innings benefit with their 121-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
Rahane, 32, calmly soaked up the stress utilized by Australia’s bowlers in his affected person, 223-ball knock, hitting 12 boundaries in his 112.
India is with out its greatest batsman and captain Virat Kohli for the remainder of the collection, after he returned dwelling to be along with his spouse for the start of their first youngster. Kohli left with India trailing 1-Zero after a loss in Adelaide, the place the vacationers had been bowled out for a national-record low of 36 in its second innings.