Cummins strikes pull India back, Pujara firm


Ranchi (India)

Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins claimed four wickets to dent India’s reply but Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten century left the third Test evenly poised in Ranchi on Saturday. India were 360 for six at stumps on day three, still trailing the visitors by 91 runs in their first innings. Pujara (130) and Wriddhiman Saha (18) were batting at close of play.
Cummins, making a return after playing his only Test for Australia in 2011, got crucial breaks including the prized scalp of India skipper Virat Kohli.
The 23-year-old Cummins was ably supported by fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood and spinner Steve O’Keefe who took a wicket each on pitch that still looked good for batting. Pujara, who was involved in a 102-run second-wicket stand with overnight partner Murali Vijay (82), was holding the innings together with his 11th Test century.
Pujara hit 17 boundaries, in an otherwise sedate knock, to keep India’s hopes alive of surpassing Australia’s first innings total of 451.—AFP