Australia v India: Tourists need two wickets to win third Test in Melbourne

Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon depart the pitch at the end of day four
Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon have held out for 14 overs after coming together at 215-8
Third Test, Melbourne (day four)
India 443-7 dec & 106-8 dec: Agarwal 42, Cummins 6-27
Australia 151 & 258-8: Cummins 61*, S Marsh 44, Jadeja 3-82
Australia need 141 more runs to win; India need two wickets

India moved to within two wickets of victory in the third Test after Australia finished day four needing 141 more runs to win in Melbourne.

Australia were set 399 to win but following a top-order collapse, pace bowler Pat Cummins finished unbeaten on 61 to help the hosts reach 258-8.

Earlier, Cummins had taken a career-best 6-27 when India declared their second innings on 106-8 before lunch.

Victory for either side would earn them a 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.

India had begun the day on 54-5, a lead of 346, with Mayank Agarwal making his way to 42 but captain Virat Kohli declared immediately when wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant fell for 33.

Australia then lost both their openers inside 10 overs as Aaron Finch was caught by Kohli at second slip for three, and Marcus Harris was caught at short leg off Ravindra Jadeja for 13.

Left-arm spinner Jadeja later returned to dismiss the recalled Mitchell Marsh and keeper-captain Tim Paine to leave Australia relying on their lower order.

But Cummins kept the game alive, adding his highest Test innings to his best first-class bowling figures, resisting for 103 balls.

Though he lost Mitchell Starc for 18, Cummins and Nathan Lyon have added 43 for the ninth wicket in 14 overs to maintain hopes of an unlikely victory on day five.

The highest successful fourth-innings run chase at the MCG came in 1928, when England made 332-7.


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