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4th Test: Sensational Pujara slams ton as India dominate Australia on Day 1 - As it happened

4th Test: Sensational Pujara slams ton as India dominate Australia on Day 1 - As it happened

Sydney, January 3: Cheteshwar Pujara continued his sublime form with the bat as he cracked his third ton of the series and his 18th overall as India dominated the opening day's play of the fourth and final Test match between India and Australia here on Thursday (January 3).

By the time the umpires signalled the end of the day's play, India reached 303/4 in the 90 overs with Pujara (130*) and Hanuma Vihari (39*) present into the middle. The partnership between Pujara and Vihari is worth 75 as the duo frustrated Australian bowlers in the third session despite visitors losing their captain and vice-captain in quick succession.

Earlier, opener Mayank Agarwal fell short of a well deserved century when he was dismissed for 77.

Virat Kohli (23), Ajinkya Rahane (18) and KL Rahul (9) were the other three batsmen India lost in the day. India captain Kohli won the toss and immediately opted to bat first.

Both India and Australia have made a couple of changes to their Playing XI. For India, KL Rahul, who is back in the side in place of Rohit Sharma, will open the innings along with Mayank Agarwal and Kuldeep Yadav has replaced injured Ishant Sharma.

Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh have been rested by Australia to make way for Marnus Labuschagne and Peter Handscomb. Usman Khawaja will open the innings for Australia in the absence of Finch.

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A win in the fourth Test would end India's wait of winning a Test series on Australian soil. Team India, under the leadership of skipper Kohli, lead the series 2-1 and stand a chance to script history. While the Tim Paine-led Australian side must be eager to continue their dominant show at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and level the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2-2.

Australia have lost just once in their last 17 Test matches at the SCG (W13, D3) and are undefeated in their last seven Tests at the venue (W5, D2). Team India, on the other hand, have not won a Test match at the SCG since 1978 - in the eight Test matches they have played here since, they have drawn four and lost four despite winning the toss on six occasions.

Here's how the Day 1 panned out:

12:36 pm

STUMPS!!! India end play at 303/4 in 90 overs on Day 1. Pujara - 130* (250) & Vihari 39* (58) will continue innings on Day 2. 1st Session - 69 runs from 24 overs & 1 wicket. 2nd Session - 108 runs from 28 overs & 1 wicket. 3rd Session - 126 runs from 38 overs & 2 wickets.

12:36 pm

STUMPS!!! India end play at 303/4 in 90 overs on Day 1. Pujara - 130* (250) & Vihari 39* (58) will continue innings on Day 2. 1st Session - 69 runs from 24 overs & 1 wicket. 2nd Session - 108 runs from 28 overs & 1 wicket. 3rd Session - 126 runs from 38 overs & 2 wickets.

12:28 pm

India 300/4 in 89 overs. One more over to go before stumps.

12:24 pm

300 comes up for India in the first innings for the loss of 4 wickets in 88 overs. This is the first occasion when 300 runs have been scored in a day in this series.

12:17 pm

India 292/4 after 86 overs. 4 more overs to go before stumps.

12:14 pm

Sehwag hails Pujara!

11:58 am

50-run partnership between Hanuma Vihari and Pujara with a boundary off Hazlewood.

11:53 am

Pujara also enters an elite club.

11:49 am

Second new ball has been taken immediately by Australia and the skipper has brought pick of the bowlers - Josh Hazlewood - into the attack.

11:43 am

All Hail Pujara!

11:31 am

CENTURY!!! Cheteshwar Pujara hits a boundary to slam his third ton of the series. He faced 199 deliveries to get to his 18th Test ton. Take a bow.

11:15 am

Wicket! Ajinkya Rahane (18) falls prey to the short-pitched bouncer from Mitchell Starc as he edges it to be caught behind the stumps by Tim Paine. Rahane was stunned by the uneven bounce and had no response to it. India have lost their fourth wicket for 228.

11:05 am

4,4! Mitchell Starc is brought into the attack in the 69th over and Cheteshwar Pujara welcomes him with back-to-back boundaries. Enters in the 90s.

10:41 am

200 comes up for India as Rahane drives Cummins through covers for a double. India 201 for 3 in 62.3 overs.

10:19 am

The ball keeping low on day one and Pujara survives as the ball misses the stumps by a whisker.

10:08 am

Big wicket! India lose their captain in the first over after tea as Virat Kohli departs for 23 without scoring any runs in this session. Tim Paine took a good catch behind the stumps and Josh Hazlewood breaks the fifty-partnership. India 180/3.

10:04 am

Meanwhile, some knocking for Kohli on the field.

10:03 am

Play resumes in the third and final session.

09:43 am

It's Tea Time in Sydney! India - 177/2 after 52 overs. 108 runs have been scored from 28 overs in this session. 51-run stand between Kohli - 23* and Pujara - 61*. India have once again dominated in this session.

09:38 am

50! Cheteshwar Pujara gets to his 21st half-century with a boundary against Labuschagne. The Saurashtra batsman scored 12 runs from that over by hitting three boundaries.

09:28 am

150 comes up for India with a boundary from Cheteshwar Pujara. He moves on to 44*.

09:10 am

Cheteshwar Pujara has already defended 1000 deliveries in this series.

09:03 am

This is how Indian openers have performed in this series, so far.

08:56 am

Kohli goes all pink for Pink Test!

08:54 am

Mayank will learn from his mistakes, feels Hemang Badani.

08:36 am

Mayank must be cursing himself!

08:33 am

Wicket! Mayank Agarwal misses out on a century today as he went to attack Nathan Lyon. The opener departs for 77 as Mitchell Starc took a simple catch at long on. Lyon brilliantly set up the opener after getting hit for a maximum a couple of deliveries earlier.

08:21 am

SIX! Mayank Agarwal charges down the ground and hits Nathan Lyon for a maximum. With this shot comes hundred-run partnership between Agarwal and Pujara.

08:17 am

100 comes up for India! Meanwhile, Sanjay Manjrekar looked impressed with Mayank Agarwal's cover drives.

08:12 am

Fifty! Mayank Agarwal notches up his second Test fifty in his second game. This one is an even better half-century as the bowlers troubled him with the short-pitched bouncers, he took some hit on the body as well.

08:04 am

The volley of short-pitched deliveries have troubled Mayank Agarwal in this innings.

07:50 am

Mitchell Starc bowls from the other end.

07:45 am

Players are back into the middle after lunch break. Pat Cummins starts the proceedings for Australia and Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal resume batting.

07:04 am

That's lunch! India 69/1 after 24 overs. Mayank - 42* and Cheteshwar - 16* will continue innings after break.

06:58 am

After Mayank, it's Cheteshwar who's got hit by a bouncer on the back of his head. The physio is into the middle to check if the batsman is fine.

06:53 am

Lyon is brought into the attack.

06:42 am

Fifty partnership between Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara.

06:22 am

Review lost! Australia went upstairs to review their appeal of caught behind against Cheteshwar Pujara. But the umpire's decision on the ground was correct as there was no contact between bat and ball. Hosts lose their first review.

06:16 am

Fifty comes up for India with a boundary. It was a bouncer from Mitchell Starc that hit Mayank Agarwal's helmet and raced towards the third man boundary. India - 51/1 after 14 overs.

06:12 am

Mayank Agarwal continues to impress.

05:53 am

After 10 overs, India are 36/1. KL Rahul is back in the dressing room. Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara are present into the middle. Aussies pacers are bowling well.

05:33 am

First bowling change for Australia as Pat Cummins the star bowler for the hosts in the previous game at MCG has been brought into the attack.

05:28 am

KL Rahul's technique has been a problem for him.

05:23 am

Four! Mayank Agarwal hits a beautiful shot down the ground and the ball races towards long-off boundary against Starc.

05:20 am

Team India mourns the death of Achrekar Sir.

05:11 am

KL Rahul's woes in Australia continue and 2019 also starts for him on a disappointing note.

05:09 am

Josh Hazlewood bowls the second over for Australia and he too gets an edge off Rahul. But on the third ball of his spell he gets the batsman caught at first slip by Shaun Marsh. Rahul departs for 9. He could have easily left that ball going away from him but was lured into playing it and paid the price. India are 10/1 in 1.3 overs.

05:05 am

Four! KL Rahul gets a leading edge from his bat and the ball races towards the third man region via gully for a boundary and he gets off the mark. Starc is looking in good touch with the red cherry.

05:04 am

Mitchell Starc starts with an appeal against Mayank Agarwal as the ball hit the pads for a leg bye. India get off the mark.

05:01 am

Australia's top six at SCG today and a year before!

05:00 am

Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul are out into the middle to open innings against Australia. Mitchell Starc starts with the new ball for Australia.

04:57 am

Australia Squad Usman Khawaja, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine (c) (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

India Squad Mayank Agarwal, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

04:55 am

Hello and welcome to the live updates on the opening day of the fourth and final Test match of Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and elected to bat first. The pitch at SCG looks good for batting but it will be tough for the batsmen in the first two sessions as there is a bit of moisture in it.

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