Australia Vs India LIVE SCORE (test)

Australia Vs India At Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, 26 December, 2018

26 December, 2018
Starts (IST)
Match Ended

443/7 (169.4 ov)

106/8 (37.3 ov)

3rd Test

151/10 (66.5 ov)

261/10 (89.3 ov)

India beat Australia by 137 runs

India Australia
443/7 (169.4 ov) - R/R 2.61 151/10 (66.5 ov) - R/R 2.25
106/8 (37.3 ov) - R/R 2.82 261/10 (89.3 ov) - R/R 2.91

Match Ended

India beat Australia by 137 runs

This Over
0
0
0(W)
Batting Status R B 4s 6s
Josh Hazlewood not out 0 4 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Current Partnership Last Wicket 261/10 (89.3)

0 (0) R/R: 0

Nathan Lyon 7(50) S.R (14)

c Rishabh Pant b Ishant Sharma
Highlights, India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 in Melbourne: Visitors 54/5 at stumps; lead by 346 runs

Highlights, India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 in Melbourne: Visitors 54/5 at stumps; lead by 346 runs

12:35 (IST)

And that brings us to the end of what turned out to be a fascinating Day 3 of the third Test at the MCG. While India are reeling at 54/5 in their second essay, with the trio of Pujara, Kohli and Rahane scoring a total of one run between themselves, India are ahead by 346 runs and still are favourites to emerge victors. Australia, on the other hand, will be draw hope from the showers that have been forecast over the next two days. 

Do join us tomorrow in our coverage of Day 4.  For now, it's a goodbye from us. 

12:33 (IST)

15 wickets in the day. Unreal Test cricket, but India will be very happy with what they have achieved today. They are primed for a 2-1 lead in the series. Rain might have a say on it though. But don't count out Australia's poor batting show. Lead is 346. Some would say they have enough already. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Melbourne

12:33 (IST)
12:29 (IST)

After 27 overs,India 54/5 ( Mayank Agarwal 28 , Rishabh Pant (W) 6)

Hazlewood bowls out the final over of the day. Pant collects his first boundary with a pull off a short ball down the leg side, bringing up the 50 for the visiting team. Pant guides the ball towards the leg side off the penultimate ball for a single, leaving Agarwal to face the last delivery, with a leg bye coming off the last ball.

India stretch their lead to 346 at stumps on the third day, and still are very much in control of this Test despite losing a flurry of wickets in their second innings for cheap. 

12:25 (IST)
four

FOUR! Short and outside leg, and Pant pulls it wide of the keeper, collecting a boundary to bring up the 50 for the Indians. IND 52/5

12:24 (IST)

Last over before stumps. 

12:24 (IST)

After 26 overs,India 48/5 ( Mayank Agarwal 28 , Rishabh Pant (W) 1)

Lyon to Pant with an FSL and a slip in place. Meanwhile Paine plays up his banter game, talking about getting Pant drafted into the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL should he get a few big hits. Pant does go for the lofted shot down the ground off the last delivery, and collects a single. 

12:20 (IST)

Least runs added by Indian No.3-No.6 batsmen in a Test innings: (All four batted)

6 v England, Manchester, 1946 (1st inn)

6 v Australia, MCG, 2018* (2nd inn)

9 v NZ, Hyderabad, 1969 (1st inn)

9 v WI, Ahmedabad, 1983 (2nd inn)

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

12:20 (IST)
12:19 (IST)

Two overs left in the day's play. The last thing India would want is for another wicket to fall, especially that of the set Agarwal. 

12:19 (IST)

After 25 overs,India 47/5 ( Mayank Agarwal 28 , Rishabh Pant (W) 0)

Crisp drive off Agarwal's bat off the second delivery, only to find the fielder at cover. The opener has to duck to a sharp bouncer off the fourth delivery. Maiden to Hazlewood. 

12:14 (IST)

After 24 overs,India 47/5 ( Mayank Agarwal 28 , Rishabh Pant (W) 0)

Lyon continues from the other end. Agarwal goes for a late cut towards third man off the last delivery, coming back for a third run. Three off the over. 

Highlights

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India vs Australia, Live Score, Latest Updates, 3rd Test: Hazlewood bowls out the final over of the day. Pant collects his first boundary with a pull off a short ball down the leg side, bringing up the 50 for the visiting team. Pant guides the ball towards the leg side off the penultimate ball for a single, leaving Agarwal to face the last delivery, with a leg bye coming off the last ball. India stretch their lead to 346 at stumps on the third day, and still are very much in control of this Test despite losing a flurry of wickets in their second innings for cheap.

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Day 3, report:  Cheteshwar Pujara’s century formed the backbone of a dominant Indian batting display before Australia’s openers survived a few nervous overs as the home side reached eight without loss at the end of a scorching day two in the third test on Thursday.

Marcus Harris was five not out, with Aaron Finch on three as Australia started their response to India’s 443 for seven total, with the home bowlers made to toil until half an hour before stumps on a grudging Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) wicket.

In a brief and fiery spell, paceman Jasprit Bumrah struck Harris on the helmet with a short ball but the rookie opener rose to his feet quickly and resumed after lengthy attention by medical staff.

With the four-test series locked at 1-1, much will depend on how the MCG’s maligned drop-in wicket performs for an Australian batting order still finding their feet.

Virat Kohli and Tim Paine, captain of the Indian and Australian teams respectively. AP

Virat Kohli and Tim Paine, captain of the Indian and Australian teams respectively. AP

But the home side’s hopes of taking a lead into the final test in Sydney would seem slender.

Although they failed to make a breakthrough, India’s bowlers will head into day three hopeful of making some early inroads after they beat the bat with a slew of deliveries, but Finch feels all three possible results remain on the table.

“We’ve very confident we can bat really big, bat well and put India under pressure again,” he told reporters. “This wicket is deteriorating a lot more than probably what we thought it would.”

Having gone to stumps at 215-2 on day one, India’s batsmen enjoyed another dominant day, with an obdurate Pujara scoring his second century of the series and skipper Virat Kohli adding 82 in a steady 170-run partnership.

Rohit Sharma, back in the side after missing the second test in Perth through injury, also contributed an unbeaten 63 before Kohli declared following Ravindra Jadeja’s caught-behind dismissal for four.

India’s cause was given a huge help by their opponents’ sloppy fielding, with Australia grassing two catches under a blazing sun to reprieve Rohit and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant (39).

The tourists’ batsmen had little trouble dealing with spinner Nathan Lyon, who had to wait until after tea to grab his first wicket when he trapped Ajinkya Rahane plum in front for 34.

Earlier, pace spearhead Mitchell Starc denied Kohli a second century of the series when he had him caught ramping to third man before Pat Cummins bowled Pujara for 106, after the watchful batsman registered his 17th test ton.

Pujara, who scored a match-winning 123 in the series-opener in Adelaide, was removed by a virtually unplayable delivery that kept low and nipped back off the seam to clip off-stump.

“I don’t think it’s easier to bat now,” he said. “So from tomorrow onwards, I think it will get difficult to bat and our bowlers have been bowling well.”

With inputs from Reuters

Updated Date: December 28, 2018 16:36:07 IST

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