India vs Australia 3rd Test Melbourne: It is a rarity to see the prolific Indian captain Virat Kohli and the wall of Indian cricket – Cheteshwar Pujara register a duck in Test cricket. However, cricket is an unusual sport and we should never say never when it comes to the gentlemen’s game. This strange sight was witnessed during the third day of Boxing Day Test when Australian pacer Pat Cummins breathed fire at the docile MCG track. The lanky pacer got the better of Kohli once again in the ongoing series. He was out for a fourth-ball duck. Before that Cummins removed first-innings centurion Pujara for a duck as well.
However, Cummins was over the moon once he realised that Marcus Harris had held onto Kohli’s catch cleanly. Kohli was looking to flick it off his hips and get off-the-mark but the ball bounced a little extra which may have resulted in the dismissal. Earlier, Pujara fell to the same trap as Harris it was who took the catch of Cheteshwar Pujara. Is there a twist in the tale? This is the second time in the year both Kohli and Pujara have got out without scoring in 2018, the last time it happened was in the Oval Test match. Pujara also joined Sunil Gavaskar and Vinoo Mankad to become only the third Indian to score a century and a duck in a Test for India.
Here is the wicket of Virat Kohli:
Earlier, Jasprit Bumrah ran through the Australian batting lineup on Day 3 at Melbourne Cricket Ground to pick up six wickets for 33 runs and bundle out the hosts for a paltry 151 runs in their first innings. Bumrah now has picked up a five-wicket haul in England, South Africa and now Australia.
At the time of filing the copy, India had also lost Ajinkya Rahane and was reeling at 35/4 and the lead was 327 runs.
Cummins is on fire, he already has bagged four wickets in the second innings so far.