Cheteshwar Pujara hits another ton as India make impressive start in Sydney

05 January, 2019, 10:43 | Author: Isabel Grant
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Now leading the series 2-1, India will hope to start their year on a positive note and silence their critics once and for all by putting up a dominant display on foreign soil.

When play was abandoned half an hour early due to rain, they were 236 for six, still 386 behind with Peter Handscomb (28) and Pat Cummins (25) fighting a rearguard action after some soft dismissals plunged the hosts into deep trouble. "Usman is a batsman we know can put vital runs on the board at the top of the order, and Peter is not only a fine player of spin bowling, he's also a batsman we know can hold an innings together while keeping the scoreboard ticking over".

Paine thanked Kohil and his men for helping the Australian public "fall back in love with cricket" - a reference to the tender nature of the sport's image after the ball-tampering scandal erupted in March 2018. In the third over after the restart, he played on off Jadeja.

Australia barely managed to cross 150 in the 52nd over as India piled on the pressure. They had declared twice in Melbourne despite being reduced to 54 for 5 in the second innings and eventually won the match by 137 runs. Kohli placed Rahane closer to short mid-wicket and Mohammed Shami bowled it fuller on the right-hander's pads.

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Australia have lost two quick wicket here. There wasn't much help from the pitch for the two pacers Shami and Jasprit Bumrah (0-43) who started proceedings. Later, they crossed 100 in the 30th over.

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Usman Khawaja would have breathed a sigh of relief because he had dropped Pujara when the latter was on 192.

Pant produced the first Test century by an Indian keeper in Australia, while the 21-year-old became the youngest keeper to hit a Test hundred in Australia.

Travis Head, who had been Australia's highest scorer in this series before Harris overtook him on Saturday, attempted slow the innings down with Peter Handscomb at the other end.

The two batsmen took India's score over 600.

They brought up their 50-partnership off 103 balls on a warm day.

Ricky Ponting feels Australia's batting group have made way too many mistakes and that has led to the team's downfall in the ongoing Test series against India.India's immovable object at No.3, Cheteshwar Pujara has plundered 521 runs from a record 1,258 balls faced in the four-match series, while the likes of Rishabh Pant (350 runs) and Virat Kohli (282 runs) too have been amongst runs.

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