Sydney, Jan 4: Australian bowlers were made to grind as a dominant Indian side declared first innings at mammoth 622/7 on the second day of the fourth and final Test match here on Friday (January 4).
The day's play began with overnight batting pair of Cheteshwar Pujara (130* overnight) and Hanuma Vihari (39* overnight) looked to frustrate the hosts on another hot summer day at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Vihari (42) added just 3 runs to his overnight total before he was dismissed. But Cheteshwar Pujara (193), Rishabh Pant (159*) and Ravindra Jadeja (81) frustrated Australian bowlers all through the day before captain Virat Kohli declared the innings. Indian batsmen made the Aussies toil all through the day before Marcus Harris (19*) and Usman Khawaja (5*) ended Australia's innings on day 2 at 24/0 after facing 10 testing overs.
Having won the toss, India - who have already retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and hold a 2-1 lead - are well placed to win a Test series in Australia for the first time.
Agarwal and Pujara combined for a 116-run partnership for the second wicket after India chose to bat and KL Rahul fell early. Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane were the other two batsmen India lost in the process.
Here's how Day 2 panned out:
Stumps! Khawaja (5*) and Harris (19*) batted cautiously as Australia reached 24/0 in 10 overs. They trail India by 598 runs.
Spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav have been introduced by skipper Kohli.
5 overs have been bowled Australia are 18 without loss. Harris is looking in great touch, Khawaja hasn't been into his zone.
Dropped! Rishabh Pant dives towards his left at first slip and fails to hold on to the catch. Usman Khawaja gets a breather on 0. Shami isn't happy with Pant's effort.
DROPPED! Usman Khawaja gets a life after Rishabh Pant drops a catch off Mohammed Shami.— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) January 4, 2019
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Jasprit Bumrah bowls the second over and concedes 5 runs from it. Australia 10/0 after 2 overs.
Australia's innings begins! Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja are into the middle to open innings for the hosts after fielding for nearly 170 overs. Mohammed Shami starts with the new ball for India. 10 overs will be bowled before stumps.
Meanwhile, Indian fans were seen having some quality time the stands.
#AUSvIND— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) January 4, 2019
We’ve got Pant
I just don’t think you’ll understand
He’ll hit you for a six
He’ll babysit your kids
We’ve got Rishab Pant
.#BharatArmySongBook @RishabPant777 #BharatArmy #TeamIndia #12thMan #WeveGotPant #COTI 🇮🇳👶🍼 pic.twitter.com/ZiXaPWqi6M
Wicket! Ravindra Jadeja is clean bowled for 81. He fell 19 short of his second Test ton and first on Aussie soil. Lyon breaks the partnership. Here comes the declaration as well. India declare innings at 622/7.
200-run partnership between Jadeja and Pant. This is the highest seventh-wicket stand for India against Australia.
150 for Pant. He surpasses MS Dhoni's record.
4,0,0,4,4,4! 16 runs came from that over bowled by Pat Cummins. Ravindra Jadeja hit four superb boundaries and India have reached 600-plus. The partnership between Jadeja and Pant is the highest 7th wicket partnership from India in Australia. India - 604/6 now.
This is now India's 9th highest ever total away from home in Test cricket. #AUSvIND— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) January 4, 2019
150-run partnership between Jadeja and Pant for the seventh wicket.
Third new ball as been taken by Australia.
💯 Century stand between Pant and Jadeja. This is the third 100-plus partnership for India in this innings.
Century! Rishabh Pant brings up his second Test ton with a boundary. Superb knock this has been from the youngster.
Play resumes in the third session. Pant is 12 short of his second Test century. Will he be able to get to his ton?
TEA! India dominate another session as Rishabh Pant (88*) and Ravindra Jadeja (25*) are present into the middle. India are 491/6 in 146 overs. India scored 102 runs from 29 overs bowled in this session and lost the key wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara on 193. The Indians would wait for Pant's century before declaring their innings.
Apart from his banter with Paine, Pant is making this tour even more special!
Besides baby-sitting Tim Paine's children, Rishabh Pant has taken a record 20 catches and scored 262 runs already as I write this. Not bad for a 21-year-old in his first series Down Under 😀— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 4, 2019
SIX!! Ravindra Jadeja hammers Cummins over mid-wicket for a maximum and bring up 50-plus partnership with Pant. India are 469/6 in 141 overs.
Four! Jadeja gets a boundary against Cummins and brings up 450 for his team in style.
Fifty! Rishabh Pant notches up his third Test half-century. This one came off 85 deliveries, he has played a patient knock.
Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant are two left-handed batsmen into the middle for India.
Highest scores by Asian batsmen in Australia: 241*S Tendulkar, SCG, 2004 233 R Dravid, Adelaide, 2003 206 R Shastri, SCG, 1992 205*Azhar Ali, MCG, 2016 195 V Sehwag, MCG, 2003 193 C Pujara, SCG, 2019
Chitt ke Ishwar, another name for Lord Shiva - Cheteshwar Pujara.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 4, 2019
Destroyed Australia’s chances in the series, most number of balls batted by an Indian in a series against Australia. Outstanding 193, memorable knock pic.twitter.com/jEcTWhs7kQ
Wicket! Pujara departs for 193, he fells 7 short of his maiden double ton outside Asia. Nathan Lyon ends his marathon innings with a return catch. The batsman gets a standing ovation from the crowd at SCG.
Bowling change! Josh Hazlewood has been brought into the attack. India 412/5 in 126 overs.
Dropped! Cheteshwar Pujara gets a breather at 192 at Khawaja puts him down at first slip off Lyon.
DROPPED! Usman Khawaja drops Pujara with a tough chance at first slip off Nathan Lyon.— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) January 4, 2019
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Hanuma Vihari was a bit unlucky today!
I think it is safe to say that on the evidence of what we saw, Hanuma Vihari can consider himself unlucky. Hard on him. He looked very impressive while he was in.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 4, 2019
400 comes up for India with a quick single by Pujara.
Rishabh Pant survives a run out on 34 at non-striker's end. There was a slight mix-up that could have cost Pant if the throw from Labuschagne was direct.
Play resumes after lunch break. The hosts are trying hard to break the partnership between Pant and Lyon.
Pujara has started the year 2019 by scoring his highest score outside Asia.
Instances of Indian batsmen facing 300+ balls in a Test inns since 2017:— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) January 4, 2019
Cheteshwar Pujara - 525 balls v Australia, Ranchi
Cheteshwar Pujara - 362 balls v Sri Lanka, Nagpur
Cheteshwar Pujara - 319 balls v Australia, MCG
Cheteshwar Pujara - 300* balls v Australia, SCG#AUSvIND
Lunch Time at SCG! India are 389/5 at the end of another dominating session. Cheteshwar Pujara - 181* is still present into the middle and Rishabh Pant 27* is also looking good. The only wicket India lost was of Hanuma Vihari (42) in the morning session. However, his dismissal looked controversial as Snicko meter too didn't provide a conclusive evidence.
Marnus Labuschagne has been brought into the attack by skipper Tim Paine.
501 runs scored by Cheteshwar Pujara in this series. He, and not Virat Kohli, has been the run machine for India on this tour.
Most balls faced in a series by a touring batsman in Australia in the last 30 years:— Martin Smith (@martinsmith9994) January 4, 2019
1438 – A Cook, 2010/11
1235 – D Haynes, 1988/89
1207* - C PUJARA, 2018/19
1203 – R Dravid, 2003/04 #AUSvIND
350 comes up for India in the 107th over with a boundary from Pant's bat.
Australia lose Review! Tim Paine's decision to go upstairs and review Rishabh Pant's caught behind goes in vain as Snicko didn't show any spike.
REVIEW! Rishabh Pant has survived an Australian review for caught behind off Nathan Lyon.— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) January 4, 2019
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Wicket! Nathan Lyon gets a wicket in the second over he's bowled as he gets rid of well set Hanuma Vihari for 42. The batsman looked to sweep the spinner but got an edge and Labuschagne takes a simple catch at forward short-leg. The batsman reviewed it but the ultra-edge showed slight nick to confirm the umpire's decision. It was tight call as well. India lose their review and also their fifth wicket for 329. The 101-run partnership between Vihari and Pujara has been broken.
150! Cheteshwar Pujara gets to his 17th 150-plus score. He's the 5th Indian batsman to notch up 150 at the SCG.
Cheteshwar Pujara (150*) - his 7th 150+ score in Tests & 22nd in fc cricket.— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 4, 2019
His last 150+ in fc cricket - 182 for Saurashtra vs Gujarat at Rajkot on 10 Nov 2017 #RanjiTrophy
in Tests: 153 at Galle 27 July 2017#AusvInd#AusvsInd
Mitchell Starc is brought into the attack and he's welcomed with a boundary by Cheteshwar Pujara.
Nathan Lyon has been introduced by Tim Paine in the 10th over of the day's play. India 319/4 after 99 overs. And he starts with a maiden over. 100 overs have been bowled by Aussies in this innings.
Good cricket in the first 30 minutes of the day's play. India haven't scored runs freely as the Australian bowlers have bowled the tight line.
First runs for Vihari in the form of a double against Josh Hazlewood. He moves into 40s.
Pat Cummins has been introduced by Aussie skipper Tim Paine from the other end. He hasn't got a wicket in this innings so far, but that wicket's section will certainly get filled up today.