Boxing Day Test: Australia dare to dream after Pat Cummins rattles India’s top-order

first_img India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 28, 2018UPDATED: December 28, 2018 16:41 IST Pat Cummins rocked India’s top-order by picking up four wickets in the final session of Day 3 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia lead Australia by 346 runs but rain is predicted in Melbourne for the next two daysPat Cummins said if Australia could dismiss India early on Saturday, anything was possibleCummins said it would be difficult for India to move the game forward on Day 4India 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.India have a mammoth lead of 346 but the Cummins spell is the kind of inspiration that a team under pressure some time needs. Virat Kohli chose not to declare despite a 292-run lead. The decision surprised some – Allan Border felt the Aussies might even come back into the game.There were, of course, several reasons India did not want to enforce that follow-on. For starters, they may not have been too keen on batting last on a pitch that has kept batsmen on tenterhooks with its variable bounce. Then there’s the workload for the pacers to consider.Many feel India already have enough runs on the board and they should start thinking of the time. On paper, India have two full days, enough time to force a result. But rain is predicted over the weekend – will India be robbed of an opportunity to secure a historic win? India have never won a Boxing Day Test in Australia and this is a golden opportunity to rewrite history.Cummins wants Australia to draw inspiration from the tame draw against England last year but the nature of the pitch is different now. A result is certain unless rain comes to Australia’s rescue.”I am pretty tired, exhausted but the good thing is that coming into this series I felt really fresh. Hopefully, there won’t be too many overs tomorrow and we won’t have to bowl last in this game. So hopefully there will be a 4-5 day break before Sydney,” Cummins said. “If we knock them over in the morning, you just never know. We tried to make it very hard for every run. The wicket is still pretty good, tough to score runs. But we saw last year we batted really well on day four and five (at the MCG), you dare to dream.advertisement”But it’s still a long way left in the game. For India to move the game forward will be hard Saturday. They will have to bat long and we will just take it as deep as possible,” he said.’Australia need to learn from Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara’Pat Cummins, who has batted doggedly down the order this series, said Australia’s batsmen need to learn from Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, the two leading run-scorers in the series.”What we saw from India’s first innings, we saw temperament of Pujara and Virat and how they pace their innings. They absorb pressure because, on this kind of wicket, it is hard to score runs,” he said.”You have to face a lot of balls to get big scores and it is probably one of those wickets where you do the hard work early. Keep absorbing pressure and score later, but evidently, it did not work for us today.”Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah reveals Rohit Sharma suggested slower ball to Shaun MarshAlso Read | Indian players and fans racially taunted at MCG, sections of crowd warnedAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Pat CumminsFollow Virat KohliFollow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Boxing Day Test Boxing Day Test: Australia dare to dream after Pat Cummins rattles India’s top-orderIndia vs Australia: Pat Cummins picked up 4 wickets off 6 overs to rattle India in the second innings. With rain predicted over the next two days, can Australia hope escape with a draw in the Boxing Day Test?advertisementlast_img

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