The Indian batsmen, such as Chesteshwar Pujara, with his second century in the current Test series, are very important. Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal also increased the run totals with their half centuries. Not to be forgotten, however, is the vital contribution of top quality bowlers.
In this match, Jasprit Bumrah outdid himself with 6/33 in 15.5 overs.
Bumrah’s Five-Wicket Haul Record
Jasprit Bumrah reached his career-best, and broke a five-wicket haul record. He is the first Asian bowler to get five-wicket hauls in Australia, South Africa, and England in a single calendar year.
While he reached a personal career best, Bumrah also showed the second-best haul for an Indian bowler in Australia. The top haul record for an Indian cricketer in Australia, held by Kapil Dev, is 8/106 in 1985.
Bumrah had his Test debut only this year. He is heading towards becoming the fastest Indian player to take 50 Test wickets.
Skipper Virat Kohli doffed his cap to Bumrah in recognition of his outstanding bowling display. Bumrah held the ball up for the crowd as the team walked to the dressing room.
Kohli and Pujara Both Out for a Duck
The third day of the third Test was looking good for the Indian team. The second innings batting, however, did not go as expected. Pat Cummins, the Australian bowler, dismissed both Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession.
Not only were the team’s top batsmen dismissed, both were out for a duck. Cummins took four wickets in just four overs.
The first innings batting, followed by Bumrah’s six-wicket haul put India ahead, while the second innings brings uncertainty. India still has the chance to win the third Test match in the four-match series. Rain may affect fifth-day play, which could negatively affect the result for India.