Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jasprit Bumrah best in the world, says Virat Kohli

Jasprit Bumrah best in the world, says Virat Kohli

Australia require 399 runs in their second innings of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground if they are to win the match and keep the series against India alive. Ravindra Jadeja also returned with excellent figures of 3/82 while Ishant and Mohammed Shami chipped in with two wickets each.

After the 137-run defeat in Melbourne in the third Test, captain Tim Paine rued the conditions that have been seen in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series, calling them similar to the ones you'd come across in India. Australia requires another 141 runs for an unlikely victory.

Australia reached 2-44 at lunch on Saturday after openers Marcus Harris (13) and Aaron Finch (three) again failed to set a strong platform for the home team's innings. On the fourth day, India's bowling coach Bharat Arun had remarked that they should "channelise all the hurt and that should answer the questions", when asked about the comments made on air. "I thought the Indian bowlers did an exceptional job", Arun said. "We've never been in this position, we've worked really hard". "They executed the plans perfectly so I have no complaints".

Lyon said Australia's struggling top six faced a tough task in this series.

"We're having a really long summer now, there's a small window for IPL then we've got four and a half months of World Cup and Ashes", he said. India took almost two days to score 443/7 but once they had the runs on the board, it was a matter of unleashing their best bowler of the year, Jasprit Bumrah. "I know all our batters are disappointed".

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India took nearly two days to score their first innings total of 443, but needed less than two sessions to rip through Australia's top-order batting. Widely regarded as a limited-overs bowler, Bumrah raised his game several notches in the past year or so to become an automatic choice across all three formats.

Paine said: 'I think it's inexperience, it's pressure, it's India's bowling attack who are as good as probably most of these guys have ever faced'.

It was more or less a ideal Test for India.

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