India need 2 wickets on final day to win historic Boxing Day Test vs Australia

first_imgIndia need 2 wickets on final day to win historic Boxing Day Test vs AustraliaIndia vs Australia 3rd Test: India are on the brink of a historic Test victory with just two wickets needed on the final day of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourneadvertisement Rohan Sen MelbourneDecember 29, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 16:37 IST India are just two wickets away from a historic Boxing Day Test win (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are just 2 wickets away from their first-ever Boxing day Test winAustralia were 258 for 8 at stumps on day 4, need 141 more runs to winPat Cummins took a 6-wicket haul and then scored a half-century to frustrate IndiaIndia are just two wickets away from a historic win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after they reduced Australia to 258 for 8 on the fourth day of the Boxing Day Test on Saturday.Chasing an improbably target of 399 for victory, Australia were rattled by the pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah (2/53), Mohammed Shami (2/71) and Ishant Sharma (1/37) while Ravindra Jadeja also chipped in with three wickets to move the visitors within touching distance of victory.It was only Pat Cummins’ fighting half-century which denied India a victory on Day 4 as Australia went into stumps still 141 runs away. Cummins will resume the fight on 61 on the final along with Nathan Lyon, who was unbeaten on 6.India have never won a Boxing Day Test but have the chance to create history on Sunday, if the rain stays away. The weather forecast for the final day predicts more than an 80 per cent chance of rain throughout the day which might worry Virat Kohli and his team.Kohli earlier declared India’s innings closed at 106 for eight, setting Australia a mammoth 399 for victory on a pitch showing treacherous patches of rough tailor-made for Jadeja’s attacks on the left-handed batsmen.Australia seamer Pat Cummins earlier added two wickets to his four on day three, finishing with career-best figures of 6-27 before Kohli’s declaration.Opener Mayank Agarwal was Cummins’ fifth wicket for 42 when a ball nipped back and caught the bottom edge of his bat before clattering into the stumps.Cummins had his sixth victim when Jadeja gloved a short ball to Khawaja at short point to be out for five.advertisementPant was the final Indian wicket to fall with a typically swashbuckling 33 after botching a ramp shot that edged to wicketkeeper-captain Paine.Australia in reply, lost both their openers before lunch, with Bumrah having Aaron Finch caught in the slips for three in the second over, and Jadeja snaring the wicket of Marcus Harris for 13 with a catch in close.Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh then offered some resistance and stitched a partnership of 30 runs before Shami trapped the former leg-before early into the second session.Marsh then joined forces with Travis Head to add 51 runs for the fourth wicket but that was brought to an end by Bumrah, who trapped Marsh leg-before with an incoming delivery. Marsh reviewed the decision but was given out on umpires call.Mitch Marsh followed his older brother to the dressing room soon after as Jadeja snared his wicket with Kohli taking a sharp catch at mid-wicket as Australia went into tea at 138 for 5.Ishant then returned for a fresh spell after the break to remove Head, who chopped on an incoming delivery for 34.Tim Paine, who got a mouthful from Rishabh Pant when he came out to bat in response to the sledging the Indian wicket-keeper received from the Aussie skipper, tried his best to hang around with Pat Cummins but was unsuccessful after getting out caught-behind to Jadeja for 26.Shami then got the better of Mitchell Starc with a reverse-swinging delivery late in the final session before Nathan Lyon and Cummins played out the rest of the overs without losing their wickets.Cummins in fact, top-scored for the hosts and registered his career-best bowling figures and highest score while batting on the very same day.Also Read | Rishabh Pant sledges Tim Paine: Temporary captain, all he can do is talkAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami: Trio creates history in 2018For 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 Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow 3rd TestFollow Day 4Follow MelbourneFollow Virat KohliFollow Pat CumminsFollow Jasprit Bumrahlast_img

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