Australia’s pursuit of a mammoth target of 399 has started in miserable fashion at the MCG, where the hosts reached 2-44 at lunch on day four of the third Test against India. Jasprit Bumrah struck with his second delivery of the day, which Aaron Finch inexplicably steered straight to an ecstatic Virat Kohli at second slip. Marcus Harris was undone by the third delivery he faced from left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. India, hunting their first Test series win in Australia, are perfectly placed to take a 2-1 series lead despite Pat Cummins grabbing a career-best haul of 6-27 on Saturday morning. The highest successful run-chase remains West Indies’ 7-418, achieved against Australia in 2003, while England’s 7-332 in 1928 remains the MCG record for a victorious side batting last in a Test. Kohli declared, for the second time in the match, at 8-106 after India added 52 runs to their overnight score. Finch and Harris are set to cop the brunt of selection scrutiny created by what is likely to be an embarrassing defeat for Australia, unless Usman Khawaja or Shaun Marsh bat through the fourth day. Selectors have already named a 13-man squad for the SCG Test, which would… Read full this story
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