Pat Cummins has bowled Australia back into the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) with a spirited eight-over spell ahead of lunch on Day Two.
Cummins earned his reward for probing lines while Gill paid for his unsure footwork. Failing to move his front foot, Gill played a loose stroke outside the off-stump and managed an edge that nestled into Paine’s gloves.
The Cummins-Paine duo were in action in the former’s next over. Bowling his seventh over on a trot, Cummins drew Pujara to commit to a false shot with an excellent delivery that shaped away, and the ball took the edge. The chance was taken as Paine went low down to his right to complete a stunner.
Pujara was batting with surety throughout the innings until Cummins delivered an in-angler. The ball just straightened a touch off the pitch and found the edge.
It was traveling quickly and both first slip and Tim Paine went for it.
Fortunately for Australia, the skipper’s full-stretched dive to his right was just enough to grab a superb low catch. Pujara is back to the hut for 17 runs off 70 balls.
Despite the positive start to the session, Pujara, Rahane and Vihari dropped the shutters. They employed a cautious approach as India managed just 54 runs in the session.
Paine introduced Nathan Lyon late into the attack with the seasoned off-spinner bowling just two overs before lunch.
(With Input From SportsKeeda)