Virat and his boys may have had a smile towards the end of the Australian innings by the end of Day 2, but little did they know about what was coming on Saturday afternoon, by the lethal fast bowlers of Australia.
Well for start, Bumrah kept defending the deliveries of Starc and Cummins, who were figuring out a way to get their first breakthrough. The first blow was already provided by Pat Cummins, by getting rid of Prithvi Shaw the previous day, but didn’t seem too adamant about wickets, but rather did not produce any loose deliveries or what test bowlers usually do, the rehearsal balls.
Pat Cummins took the first three wickets, putting India at an early trouble, especially with the inform Pujara getting out cheaply getting caught behind. Pat Cummins’ delivery to Pujara was quite straighter, but augmented with a good bounce that did deceived Pujara to nick it to the wicket Keeper Tim Paine.
Captain Virat Kohli came out to Bat at a score of 3 for 15, where he witnessed Mayank Agarwal preyed by Josh Hazlewood with a similar delivery like that of Pat Cummins, followed by which was Rahane in a similar fashion. The entire Indian Team was undergoing a collapse, with half the side perished with a score of just 15. India at this point only had a lead of 68, and with the situation India was in, the test match was coming to an end at a faster pace, with Aussies not needing to chase much.
Every run was important, Virat Kohli’s four between the gaps did ease crowd a bit, because India was finding a hard time to score an extra run post the wicket of Jasprit Bumrah. It was after this delivery that Cummins varied his line and balled slightly fuller with a good bounce to induce Virat to score a cover drive that edged to Chris Green in Slips. From this wicket, India had lost all hopes on India on winning and half of the fans started to leave the stands, as it was being marked as the worst batting display ever by India.
It was just a matter of time that Australia would come and bat and finish the game in the second session itself. India finally landed up with a total of 9 for 36, with Shami retired hurt.
In the end with this total, India could manage to set a target of 90 for Australia, who had 2 and half days to do it.
Australian cricket team and the fans could not ask for a better victory where their team, despite trailing by 53 runs, only needed to chase 90. The lead was narrow enough, but the bowling performance, reduced the burden drastically for Australia, where they won the match quite comfortably in the end, considering the situation they were in a day before.
On the other hand, this is a nasty blow for team India and the coach and will have to regroup and reignite the team and the form respectively. This was Virat’s last test of the series, as he will fly back to India to attend the birth of his first child and Rahane will take over the captaincy from here on in.
With the absence of Kohli and Shami( who fractured his arm), the Indian team has opened doors to other players., but their absence will hurt India, especially when it comes to putting Intensity on the field.