Prime Sports, International (Sydney), January 4:- Brilliant batting efforts from Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant, along with a useful contribution from Ravindra Jadeja, helped India continue their domination on the second day of the fourth and final cricket Test as Australia trailed by 598 runs here on Friday.
In reply to India’s first innings score of 622/7 declared, Australia were at 24/0 with openers Usman Khawaja (5) and Marcus Harris (19) at the crease when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day.
India could have put the Australians under further pressure if wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant had grabbed a regulation catch of Khawaja off pacer Mohammad Shami.
The day belonged to Pujara and Pant, who dominated the Australian bowlers with their rather contrasting batting styles.
Pujara’s innings was an exhibition of patience and impeccable technique. He was the top scorer for India with 193 runs off 373 deliveries with 22 hits to the fence.
Pant, on the other hand, showcased his ability to produce the big hits during his unbeaten knock of 159. His 189-ball stay in the middle was studded with 15 boundaries and a six.
The third session saw Pant and Jadeja dominating the opponents. the duo forged a record 204-run stand for the seventh wicket as India declared on 622/7.
In the process, Pant completed his maiden ton and then went on to cross the 150-run mark. Pant played 189 balls and remained unbeaten.
For Australia, Nathan Lyon scalped four wickets while Jose Hazlewood picked up two wickets.
Brief scores: India (first innings): 622/7 declared (Cheteshwar Pujara 193, Rishabh Pant 159 not out; Nathon Lyon 4/178) vs Australia (first innings): 24/0 (Marcus Harris 19 batting, Usman Khawaja 5 batting). (MR, Inputs: Agencies).