2014-15 Commonwealth Bank Series | 3rd Test
Australia v India
LIVE from the Melbourne Cricket Ground
STUMPS – DAY 3
Australia lead the series 2-0
Australia won the toss, elected to bat first.
Australia 530 (142.3) | India 8/462 (126.2)
Mohammed Shami 9* (23) | Ishant Sharma 0* (0)
India trails by 68 runs
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3 days of Cricket and 992 runs have been scored on the Melbourne Cricket Ground… It’s been captivating viewing from first until last this series, and today was no different.
Hello everyone. Welcome to the Melbourne Cricket Ground after the close of play on the third day of the third Commonwealth Bank Test Match between Australia and India.
The Indians started the day at 1/108, but the day belongs to Australia, after a stunning final session of play put India back on the back foot.
354 runs scored today… 169 of them to Virat Kohli, 147 to Ajinkya Rahane, and the tail have offered nothing again thus far.
As I said, India started the day a 1/108, but half-way through the final session, they found themselves 3/409 and right on top… Kohli and Rahane were playing superbly, but they lost 5/53 in the final 19 overs of the day… capitulating again, and giving Australia the edge going into the fourth day, but as has been the case at the end of day three in both of the previous tests, all three results are possible!
It didn’t start well for India though, as Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed with the second ball of the day… Brad Haddin took an absolute screamer to remove him for 25.
That brought Virat Kohli to the wicket, and he would stay there til stumps.
Murali Vijay has been a fine performer this series, and he’d be disappointed that he couldn’t go on with his Innings today. He got to 68, before edging a Shane Watson delivery straight to Shaun Marsh in the slips.
Rahane joined Kohli after Vijay’s departure, and they wasted no time in scoring runs, putting on 77 in the second hour of the opening session of play, and India got to lunch at 3/224.
It was a wicket-less 2nd session for the Australians, and Kohli and Rahane looked unstoppable, BOTH reaching their century before the end of the session.
Rahane was the quickest to three figures, overtaking Kohli in the 80’s, and bringing it up with a boundary.
India went to tea at 3/336, but it would be Australia who got the upper hand in the final session.
Yes, India scored 146 runs, but Australia claimed key wickets, and dismissed all the recognised batsmen, leaving themselves with only two wickets to take tomorrow morning, and probably a first innings lead to go with it.
Rahane was dismissed for a brilliant 147, off just 171 balls, as Lyon got his first wicket of the day.
The spinner would get his second with the removal of Rahul just 2 overs later.
M.S Dhoni was the next to go, when he edged one into the waiting gloves of Brad Haddin, and it was 6/430.
The capitulation continued with the dismissal of Ashwin, who was brilliant caught by Ryan Harris off his own bowling!
Mitchell Johnson has had a quiet Test Match, but he took the most important wicket of the day with the last ball of the day, when he got Virat Kohli for 169.
India | 8/462 (126.2)
Pujara | c Haddin, b Harris | 25 (71) | FOW 2/108 (37.2)
Vijay | c Marsh, b Watson | 68 (135) | FOW 3/147 (49.5)
Rahane | LBW, b Lyon | 147 (171) | FOW 4/409 (107.4)
Rahul | c Hazlewood, b Lyon | 3 (8) | FOW 5/415 (110)
Dhoni | c Haddin, b Harris | 11 (23) | FOW 6/430 (116.4)
Ashwin | c & b Harris | 0 (4) | FOW 7/434 (118.2)
Kohli | c Haddin, b Johnson | 169 (272) | FOW 8/462 (126.2)
Had Johnson not got Kohli, the Indians would’ve had a fighting chance of reaching 500 tomorrow morning, as the in-form batsman would’ve returned to the wicket, but with his dismissal, only Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav remain, and we don’t expect the Indian tail to offer much resistance, if the previous four innings are any guide, so we expect Australia to be back batting early tomorrow morning.
Ryan Harris was again the best of the bowlers with 4/69. Lyon picked up two, with Johnson and Watson claiming one each.
With that, all three results are still possible, and we’ve got an exciting two days on our hands.
Hope you enjoyed the third day. Play continues from 10:30am AEDST tomorrow, with coverage on NINE from 9:30am AEDST… For the moment, from the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it’s goodnight!