Currently, all of India would be praying for rain to go away as it has been frustrating to see that the lunch of the final day of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia has been taken off without a single ball being bowled.
A brilliant show-stopping performance by Pat Cummins has made India wait for what seemed like a sure-shot victory on day 4 of the third Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday. Chasing a mammoth 399 run target, Australia are tottering at 258/8 in their second innings thanks to a good all-round bowling performance by team India. The hosts are still 141 runs shy of the target. Cummins came up with some heroic resistance lower don the order as the Australians battled desperately to somehow delay the by now inevitable defeat. The pacer was unbeaten on a well made 61 when the day’s play ended with Nathan Lyon batting on six at the other end.
But more than the Cummin’s top-nut performance it’s the prediction of the Melbourne weather which is trending on social media platform – Twitter. Many renowned Australian news websites have predicted that a maximum of 23*C with a 60% chance of showers is what is expected for Sunday. Also, there are high chances of the possible thunderstorm in the early morning which seems to be a piece of good news for the Aussie fans.
At the same time, it would be interesting to if the decision of Indian captain Virat Kohli to not enforce a follow-on on Australia will come under the scanner following any interruptions in the weather or by the rain gods.
Here’s how the Twitter world loses their sleep on ‘Melbourne’s weather forecast’ for Sunday:
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 3/82 while fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami claimed two wickets each. Pacer Ishant Sharma also got a wicket. Earlier in the day, India declared their second innings at 106/8.
Australia: 151 & 258/8 (Pat Cummins 61 batting, Usman Khawaja 33; Ravindra Jadeja 3/82) vs India: 443/7(d) & 106/8(d) (Mayank Agarwal 42, Rishabh Pant 33; Pat Cummins 6/27) at stumps on Day 4.