“Today I got a bit of assistance from the pitch. But he (Pujara) is someone you know you are going to have to bowl a lot at,” Cummins said during the virtual post-day press conference.
The world’s number one bowler returned fine figures of 4/29 and dismissed Pujara, who had been a thorn in Australia’s flesh during the 2018-19 series, for the fourth time in the ongoing rubber.
“We got our head around that this series, for him to score runs, we are going to make it as hard as possible, and whether he bats for 200-300 balls, we would just try and bowl good ball after good ball, challenge both sides of his bat, and fortunately, so far it has worked.”
Cummins was asked about Pujara’s slow scoring rate and the pressure it puts on other batsmen. “You know he (Pujara) is going to hang around. At one stage he had been out there for 200 balls or 150 balls and I looked up there thinking they are still 200 away from our first-innings total.
“So, that fell a long way away and if we continue bowling well, you’re not overly bothered.”
“I think having Greeny (Chris Green) in there as a bowling option as well helps so we’re not having those big 20-over days,” he said. According to Cummins, his team is in a great position but he expects India to bounce back.
“I think, at the start of the day, I was kind of hoping that we wouldn’t end the day still having to bowl, so to be having 200 lead with eight wickets in hand on a wicket that is deteriorating pretty quickly, great result,” the 27-year-old added. Cummins said the host would look to take the lead beyond 300 runs at least. “The big thing is to keep that lead get up over 300-odd and hopefully the wicket keeps deteriorating and make that a really tough total to score on day four and five,” he added.