Day four of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG had Pat Cummins written all over it. The Australia fast bowler not only completed his six-wicket haul but also scored an unbeaten 61. Though India is all but near to get a 2-1 lead in the four-match Tests, Cummins has been standing tall at the crease. Meanwhile, at stumps on day four, the Aussies are 258 for eight and needs another 141 to win the Test. Moreover, if rain Gods stay away, India could pull off a famous win on day five of the MCG Test.
Cummins completes six-wicket haul at the ‘G.’
Until tea on day three, it was all about Jasprit Bumrah. However, Pat Cummins entered the scene once the India team came out to bat. In the second inning, the India National Cricket Team faced trouble early on. Able to duck a few overs early on, Pat Cummins wreaked havoc later on. The pacer got four wickets in no time to put India on the back foot immediately.
On day four of the Test, he didn’t stop, as Cummins completed his six-wicket haul in Melbourne. A few overs before lunch, Virat declared India’s innings on 106 for eight, giving a target of 399 to the hosts to chase.
Australia, in their attempt to go for the target, lost two wickets before lunch. Post the first session; the scenario didn’t change much, as the bowlers kept chirping wickets at regular intervals. Among them were Jadeja (2), Shami (2) and Bumrah (2); Ishant got one of Travis Head.
Pat ‘the Batter’ saves Australia’s day’
Trust me, had it not been about Pat Cummins, Australia would have surrendered by now. As mentioned earlier, Pat has been Aussies go-to-man in this game. In his quest to keep Australia in the match, Cummins stayed unbeaten on 61 by the time stumps were taken. As of now, Australia still needs 141 to win the Test, while the Indians need two wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Brief Score at stumps on day four –
India – 443/7 d, 106/8 d
Australia – 151, 258/6 (Pat Cummins 61*, Ravindra Jadeja 3/82)