Australia struggling at 159/6; India four wickets away from victory

Australia struggling at 159/6; India four wickets away from victory

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Test cricket has just turned into a spirited game at Melbourne Cricket Ground, when Australia are struggling at 159/6 for a turnaround and an upbeat India are just four wickets away from victory in the third test against Australia at Melbourne on Saturday.

Soon after the tea, India’s Ishant Sharma made a big breakthrough for India by scalping Travis Head who was trying to stabilize Australian resistance. Travis Head looked for the booming cover drive but got a thick inside which went onto clatter the leg-stump. No feet movement from Head at all there and Head departed for 34 and India just needed 4 more wickets for a victory.

Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja claimed two wickets each. When Mohammed Shami dismissed set batsman Usman Khawaja for 33, India restricted Australia to 138/5 at tea on Day 4. The host is still an almost impossible 260 runs away from the target with Pat Cummins and Tim Paine at the crease.

Earlier, India declared their second innings 106 for 8 with a lead of 398 runs, against Australia, on the fourth day of the third test here at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday.

Australia were 54/2 till lunch. The Kangaroos got off to a bad start in the second innings too as they lost Aaron Finch for 3 and then his opening partner Marcus Harris for 13 runs.

On the fourth morning of the Test, India resumed their second innings on 54/5. Rishabh Pant's dismissal prompted skipper Virat Kohli to declare the innings and set Australia a target of 399 runs to chase.

Pant (33) and debutant Mayank Agarwal came out with the intention to score as many as possible and did so with some help from Ravindra Jadeja.

Agarwal was the high scorer from the Indian team with his 42 off 102 balls. He was bowled by Pat Cummins, who bagged 6 wickets for 27 runs in 11 overs.

The series is tied at 1-1.