Wickets topple at the MCG but India still in control

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The stump microphones have captured some interesting conversations between the Indian and Australian players during the ongoing Test series, the most notable among them being the fiery exchange between visiting captain Virat Kohli and his counterpart Tim Paine during the second Test in Perth.

Tim Paine's side were dismissed 93 runs short of making India bat again, but captain Kohli declined to enforce the follow-on and sent Australia back into the field. The duo added 36 runs for the seventh wicket before Mohammad Shami went through Cummins' defence with a reverse-swinging delivery and disturbed the woodwork.

He got Hanuma Vihari (13) with a flawless bouncer.

Australia had resumed eight without loss and staggered to 89-4 at lunch.

The visitors bowled out Australia for a paltry 151 after scoring 443/7.

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The pair had some testy exchanges in the second Test at Perth, which at one point needed the umpire to intervene. Hogg said that India would need to find balance going into the third Test to put Australia under pressure.

"We wanted to play positive cricket, yes we lost a few more wickets than we wanted but we'll try to add as many runs as we can tomorrow then we can come back and try to get them out", said Bumrah in explaining the decision.

Jasprit Bumrah was India's main weapon at the MCG on day three of third Test against Australia.

He was on eight when he feebly chipped an Ishant Sharma delivery to Agarwal at short midwicket, who took a hard diving catch.

Bumrah then joined the party by getting get rid of the other opener Harris three overs later while Jadeja, who replaced Umesh Yadav in the Melbourne Test, dismissed Usman Khawaja (21) to keep India on the top in first 20 overs. The pace of scoring hadn't changed from the first two days, but it was pretty obvious that the nature of pitch was vastly different as India pressed home their advantage. They used good footwork against Jadeja to smother the possibility of turn from the rough. It was a two-pronged attack from Bumrah who not only managed to bowl it slowly but delivered it so full that the delivery ended being a yorker and caught Marsh off-guard plumb in front of the wicket.

The four-match series is tied at 1-1 after India won the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs and Australia won the second Test in Perth by 146 runs.

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