Australia’s speedster Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers on day three of the third Test against India in Sydney. Pat Cummins snared four wickets as Australia dismissed the tourists for 225, eking out an invaluable lead of 94. Cummins, who removed India’s first and last batsman of the day, revealed that they plan to bat for two sessions on day four and look to bowl out the opposition.
Pat Cummins, who bowled outstandingly well on day two and dismissed Shubman Gill, gifted Australia the first breakthrough of day three by removing Ajinkya Rahane, who chopped on to the stumps. The 27-year old went on to break Cheteshwar Pujara’s resistance of 176 balls by bowling a jaffa. Finally, Mohammed Siraj fell prey after nicking it to Tim Paine behind the stumps to finish with figures of 21.4-10-29-4.
Australia’s position remained strong by the end of the day as ended with a lead of 197 runs. After losing Will Pucovski and David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith stabilised the innings with an unbeaten 68-run stand. Even though India’s depleted bowling attack managed to control the run-flow reasonably well, they could not threaten Australia’s batsmen much.
I think the runs (the lead) is probably going to be the most important: Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins reflected on day three, labelling it as a success since they did not have to bowl by the close of play and had a lead of 197 runs. The number one Test bowler believes that runs would be crucial and that the batsmen would bat for one and a half to two sessions on day four following which the bowlers will have a crack.
“It was a good day. Woke up this morning hoping that by the close of the play today we wouldn’t be bowling and then to have a lead of 200 (197 runs), it’s a great day. I think the runs (the lead) is probably going to be the most important. At least one and a half to two sessions tomorrow and then probably have a crack at them,” Cummins said as quoted by India Today.