India strengthened their grip in the opening session of the penultimate day of the ongoing Boxing Day Test match. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli finally decided to declare the second innings at 106-8 to give a mountainous target of 399 runs. Pat Cummins scalped his career-best figures of 6-26. In fact, Cummins was the pick of the Australian bowlers in the first innings when he had taken 3-72.
However, the Australian gun pacer had the rub of the green on his side as three of his dismissals came when batsmen were trying to flick down the leg-side. In fact, there is no doubt that Cummins deserved those lucky dismissals as he had bowled with fire.
Jasprit Bumrah who was the star of the show of the first innings once again gave a perfect start to the team. Bumrah was able to strike on the second ball of his spell when he got the ball to nip back to the right-hander, Aaron Finch. Indian skipper Virat Kohli took a good sharp catch as the ball was travelling at a great speed.
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Thus, Bumrah continued with his penchant to breathe down the neck of the Australian batsmen. Furthermore, Ravindra Jadeja was able to land the ball in the rough area. Marcus Harris tried to play a defensive shot but got an inside edge which was nicely taken by Mayank Agarwal.
Consequently, India is in a shoo-in position and need another eight wickets to go 2-1 up in the four-match series. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s decision to bat once again was a peculiar one as India was 292 runs in front. Moreover, the tourists kept losing wickets at regular intervals as their plan didn’t quite go as they would have thought.
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Brief Scores: Australia 44-2, need 355 runs to win. India needs eight wickets to win.