The pitch in Melbourne proved to be fantastic and favouring to the Indian squad in the first innings. India declared by scoring 443 for the loss of 7 wickets. Mayank Agarwal proving to be the right pick as the batted very well and scored 76 runs on his debut. The main savior of the Indian squad and the new wall of Indian cricket Cheteshwar Pujare scores an astonishing 106. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli also supported him by scoring 82 and 63 respectively.
In the next day, when it was time for the home team Australia to bat, the pitch played its turn. Australia was knocked down for only 151 playing only 66.1 overs. It was Jasprit Bumrah who took the honours to take the red ball out of the field. He took 6 wickets in 15.5 overs and giving only 33 runs. None of the player from the Australian squad was able to cross the 25 runs mark individually.
The pitch once turned never comes back to normal. This is being proved in the second innings when India can to bat. It is proving to be difficult for the Indian batsman to bat on the slow pitch. India has scored 54/5 at stumps in the 3rd day there in Melbourne. The debutant Mayank Agarwal is still batting in 28 whereas there was a failure in batting by Pujara and Kohli both going for a duck and Rahane going for just 1. Pat Cummins bowling is proving to be difficult for the Indian batsman. Till now he has taken 4 wickets.
India has a lead of 346 runs in day 3 and it will be good to see where the match turns in the following two days. Still the ball is in India’s pocket but as known, the game of cricket can turn anytime. We will still have to wait and watch till the end who takes the game.