The Indian bowlers bowled remarkably well on the third day of the final Test against Australia to put the hosts on the brink of winning the match. India were 19 for no loss at stumps, still needing 87 runs to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar series.

Earlier, resuming the day on 248 for six, Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha batted sensibly and helped India go past Australia’s first innings total of 300, before Jadeja departed after scoring a brilliant 63. The lower-order could not contribute much, as India lost their last three wickets inside 15 runs to get bowled out out for 332.

Australia began their last innings of this tour in a disastrous manner, and were three down in no time as Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar made light work of the visitors’ top order on a bouncy pitch.

A 56-run stand between Glenn Maxwell and Peter Handscomb calmed down the nerves in Australian dressing room, before the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja sent back Handscomb and Shaun Marsh respectively in quick succession to leave the visitors reeling at 92 for five.

Steve Smith’s men kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually dismissed for 137, setting India a target of 106 runs. Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin shared three wickets each while Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the other one.

In reply, India began brightly with KL Rahul hitting Pat Cummins for three boundaries in the very first over. Rahul was unbeaten on 13 while Murali Vijay was playing on six when the day ended.

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