On a rain-marred day where the play was possible for only 25.2 overs, India still dominated having enforced follow-on upon Australia. This incident marked India as the only team in 31 years to enforce follow-on upon Australia in Down Under.
The play was supposed to start half-an-hour before the normal time, however, initially bad light and then rain forced the game delayed till Lunch. Play resumed after lunch, and due to the overcast condition, the Indian pacers made a merry out of the situation as they dismissed the overnight batsmen in quick succession.
Initially, Mohammed Shami got rid of Pat Cummins through a low delivery which hit straight at stumps. Peter Handscomb, then tried to attack the Indian bowlers and especially to Kuldeep Yadav before Jaspreet Bumrah dislodged his stumps. The Australian score read 257/8 at this juncture. To further add misery to the Australian dressing room, Kuldeep Yadav sent Nathan Lyon back to the dressing room courtesy of LBW.
Thus, India needed just one more wicket to enforce the follow-on upon Australians who were still trailing the Indian total by 364 runs. Kuldeep Yadav had picked up 4 wickets. In the very second over, Kuldeep had Josh Hazlewood mistime his delivery which could have been easily caught, however, Hanuma Vihari made a mess out of the same as he dropped a sitter. This, in turn, boosted the last pair of Australian batsmen, who then went on to stitch an all-important 42–runs partnership before Josh Hazlewood was finally adjudged LBW by the umpire off Kuldeep Yadav’s delivery. Mitchell Starc remained not out for 29 runs, while Hazlewood himself scored 21 valuable runs. Kuldeep Yadav registered his first five-wicket haul outside India as the visitors enforced the follow-on upon Australia who still trailed the Indian total by 322 runs.
The openers Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja resumed the proceedings for Australia as Mohammed Shami bowled the first over for India. Into the fourth over of the second innings, bad light stopped play. It was initially thought that the play will resume within half-an-hour, however, the game never materialized after this stoppage. Soon, stumps was declared by the Umpires as Australia scored 6/0, still trailing the Indian total by 316 runs. India on their part have all but secured the series, however, it will be interesting to see whether they end up winning the series 3–1 or 2–1.