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India is all set to take a 2-1 lead in the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia. They were expected to win the match on the fourth day itself, but Pat Cummins‘ heroism denied them the glory by displaying impeccable resistance. Nathan Lyon also stayed with him as the duo played nearly 14 overs at the end of the day. Although on day five, the visitors are tipped to get things done early in the morning.
There’s a little twist to the story, though, as India may be in for a battle with the weather. There is a forecast of the skies opening on the last morning in Melbourne with thunderstorms. The Australian batsmen played with the same hope and their aim was to play out the day and then wait for the rain to spoil Indiaplans to take the lead. That said, showers were also expected on Saturday.
Although weather conditions in Melbourne were cloudy, the rain didn’t take hold of the action, apart from a brief hiatus during the lunch hour. It was cloudy all day and even the floodlights were on in the Stadium and that could also be the case on Sunday. However, the light meters were not needed as the light remained bright enough even after the game was extended for half an hour.
As for the match situation, Australia is currently at 258/8 and Cummins is hitting 61 and Nathan Lyon out of six as the duo have tallied 43 points so far for the ninth wicket. They are still 141 runs away from an unlikely win and with the new ball already ingested, India is expected to pass them once the match starts.
However, the rain forecast has brightened things up a bit and it remains to be seen if the entire day will be washed away. The MCG has an excellent drainage system and Australia will need incessant rains to help them escape dramatically in this game. If the rain doesn’t come, Cummins and Lyon hope to delay the inevitable and keep the Indians on the field as long as possible.