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India vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah is first Asian to achieve rare feat with stunning 6/33 at MCG

Bumrah's career-best 6/33 made him the only Asian bowler to take five wickets or more in each against Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year.

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New Delhi Updated on: December 28, 2018 12:03 IST
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India vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah joins elite list with stunning 6/33 at MCG

Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah shone with the cherry, taking six wickets to skittle Australia out for a paltry 151, and help India gain a massive 292-run first innings lead on day 3 of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on Friday.

Bumrah rattled the Aussie batting line-up by accounting for the wickets of opener Marcus Harris (22), Shaun Marsh (19), Travis Head (20), skipper Tim Paine (22) and the tailenders Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood for successive ducks.

Bumrah's career-best 6/33 also made him the only Asian bowler to take five wickets or more in each against Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year.

He had earlier claimed 5/54 vs South Africa in Johannesburg, then rocked England with a haul of 5/85 at Trent Bridge before Friday's feat.

Bumrah also holds the record for taking the most wickets for India in his debut year. Tha lanky pacer from Mumbai, who now has 45 wickets this year, surpassed Dillep Joshi (40 wickets in 1979).

Overall, Bumrah is in fourth position after Australia's TM Alderman (54 wickets in 1981), West Indies' CEL Amrose (49 wickets in 1988), England's ST Finn (46 wickets in 2010).

Bumrah's 6/33 is also the best bowling effort by an Indian bowler at MCG. His haul puts him ahead of B Chandrasekhar (6/52 in 1977-78), E Prasanna (6/141 in 1967-68) and Anil Kumble (6/176 in 2003-04). 

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja also picked a couple of wickets while pacers Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami bagged a wicket each to keep Australia guessing in just over two sessions of play.

Resuming the post-lunch session at 145/7, Paine was the first to be dismissed caught behind by Rishabh Pant diving forward before Lyon and Hazlewood followed the skipper in quick succession.

With a 292-run first innings lead, India have decided against enforcing a follow-on and instead decided to bat again.

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