The Day Three of the third Test between Australia and India in Melbourne was an eventful affair, more so for the bowlers than the batsmen. A total of 15 wickets fell in the three sessions, as the pitch proved to be a treat for the pacers.
On a track which had uneven bounce, with some balls staying very low while others flew to the keeper, it was Jasprit Bumrah who was the tormenter in-chief, though Pat Cummins also bowled sensationally for Australia.
The Indian fast-bowling sensation took six wickets, helping India bowl out the Aussies for a mere 151. But one delivery, which was not just the highlight of the day, but probably of the year, was his slow ball which got him the wicket of Shaun Marsh.
Bumrah, whose slower deliveries have gotten him a number of wickets in the IPL and T20Is, bowled a sensational 113 kmph yorker, which bamboozled the Australian batsman, resulting in a plumb lbw.
Australia began the Day Three at 8 for no wicket, trailing India, who declared their first innings at 443 for 7, by 435 runs. The Indian bowlers stepped up for the occasion, and bowled brilliantly to help their side inch closer to a 2-1 series lead.
Bumrah was the star of the show, ending with figures of 6 for 33 as the hosts were bowled out for 151. He got due support from Ravindra Jadeja, who ended with 2 for 45 in his 25 overs.
With a lead of 292, Indian skipper Virat Kohli decided to not enforce the follow-on. But his decision backfired, and the Aussies were given a chance to comeback.
Pat Cummins came up with a sensational spell of his own, as he Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in quick succession. And close to the end of the day, Josh Hazlewood dismissed Rohit Sharma, meaning India will go into Day Four at 54 for 5, with an overall lead of 346.