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India vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 2 in Sydney Highlights - As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: January 4, 2019, 2:08 PM IST

4th Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney 03 - 07 January, 2019

Toss won by India (decided to bat)

Australia drew with India

Man of the Match: Cheteshwar Pujara



India couldn't have asked for a better day today.  but a tough day awaits them tomorrow as the bowlers have a tough task of bundling out Australia.


STUMPS: And the Yadav over ends the day's proceedings as Australia manage 24/0 and trail by 598 runs. The star of the day was Pant, who scored an unbeaten 159. 


Spin from both the ends as Kuldeep Yadav is introduced now. It will be interesting to see how things pan out for him. He is getting the ball to dip, but not much turn. The over comes to an end. Australia are 23/0. 


We already have first change in bowling. Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack. And he starts off with a maiden. Australia are 21/0. 


DROPPED: Pant has dropped a sitter. Shami produces an edge from Khawaja, and the ball just pops out of Pant's gloves. This could be a costly miss. Australia are 11/0.  


Two overs are already up and till now the ball has not misbehaved even once. Expect Australia to score big runs too. They move to 7/0. 


So Mohammed Shami will start the proceedings for India. Australia would not want to lose a wicket today. 


OUT: Jadeja dances down the track and misses the ball by Lyon. He is castled for 81, and the declaration have come from India. The Indian innings ends at a whopping 622/7. 


Pant is now batting with utmost ease. This time he hits Hazlewood over mid off. And another one through midwicket gets him to his 150. What an innings this has been from the youngster. India are 616/6. 


600: Jadeja and Pant are dealing in boundaries and Aussies are tired. It's not looking good for them as Jadeja slams 16 runs in one Cummins over. With this India score 600. 


India is clearly looking at 600 here. Jadeja and Pant are having a comfortable stay at the wicket with no fight from the opposition. India move to 586/6. 


NEW BALL: The third new ball has been taken by the Aussies and there is an appeal by the Aussies for an LBW straightaway. But it's turned down. There are no reviews available too. India are 568/6. 


50 FOR JADEJA: The sword comes out for Jadeja as he scores yet another fifty. It's been a patient innings from him. India have managed to reach 563/6. 


The carnage is not ending for the Aussies now. Still no signs of declaration as none of the batsmen have acceleraated so far. India now move to 541/6.  


100 PARTNERSHIP: Yet another milestone in this match for the Indian batsmen, Now Pant and Jadeja bring up 100 partnership as the team score moves to 522/6. 


100 FOR PANT: That's second Test ton for Pant as he swings his bat and the ball goes past the boundary. This has been an innings of the highest order. India are 509/6. 


Pant, after tea has quickly moved into the 90s. He will have to careful here and not get out now, like he did twice against the Windies. India are 498/6. 


TEA: It's been another session where India have dominated. They haven't given Australia any chance to comeback in the match. Pant is unbeaten on 88 as India reach 491/6. 


The declaration is not coming any time soon by the Indians. The ploy clearly is to tire out the Aussie players and it's working. India move to 487/6. 


That's an expensive over for Starc as first Pant hits him for a four square of the wicket and then gives away four leg byes. All in all 11 come from the over. India are 481/6. 


Now it looks like the declaration will happen when Pant reaches his ton. Still plenty of time left in the day and India would look to accelerate now. India are 470/6. 


India vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 2 in Sydney Highlights - As It Happened

Live updates:STUMPS: And the Yadav over ends the day's proceedings as Australia manage 24/0 and trail by 598 runs. The star of the day was Pant, who scored an unbeaten 159.

Follow our live cricket scores between of the second day of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia through our live blog.

Day 1 review: The rock has now turned run machine. Cheteshwar Pujara scored his third century of the series to lead India's dominant batting display on the first day of the fourth and final Test in Sydney against Australia.

Pujara remained unbeaten on 130 and had Hanuma Vihari for company on 39 as India ended the first day on 303 for 4. The platform was set by Mayank Agarwal, who scored 77 off 112 balls. Josh Hazlewood bagged two wickets while the other bowlers struggled on an unhelpful pitch. There wasn't much turn or seam movement, although there was good bounce and carry.

India won a crucial toss and opted to bat first. It was a massive advantage, but India started off in a now familiar fashion, with KL Rahul nicking Josh Hazlewood to first slip in the second over. Rahul returned to the XI after being dropped for the previous Test, but there was no change in form.

At 10 for 1, it was familiar territory for Pujara. He settled in, while Agarwal piled on the runs at the other end. Agarwal was confident, driving anything full and in his zone through the off-side. India took the first session, going to lunch at 69 for 1.

The scoring rate improved in the second session, with Agarwal opening up a bit further. Australia's pacers switched to a short-ball strategy against Agarwal, but he still punched and occasionally pulled to collect runs. He took the attack to Lyon, smashing him for a straight six down the ground as the partnership crossed 100 off 179 balls.

Agarwal cruised into the 70s, and a maiden Test century was there for the taking. However, he threw it away, trying to attack Lyon again. One ball after he had stepped out to hit Lyon for a straight six, Agarwal tried an encore, only to mishit to long-on.

In walked Kohli, with a solid platform at 126 for 2. His first scoring shot of the year was a gorgeous cover drive off Hazlewood, and he settled in nicely along with Pujara. India went to tea at 177 for 2, the session run-rate improving to 3.86 after the first session's 2.88.

India were dented immediately after the break when Kohli was strangled down the leg-side by Hazlewood, falling in a rather soft manner. Just like the captain, his deputy Ajinkya Rahane too got a start but perished to a brute of a bouncer from Mitchell Starc which he edged behind.

Pujara, though, kept going. He showed that he can be versatile too; his knock wasn't all about block-block-block. Yes, he was steady and stubborn in defence but was also quick to punish the loose ones. He got plenty of those from part-time legspinner Marnus Labuschagne, who bowled multiple long-hops which were smashed to the boundary. One such four helped him past his half-century.

Pujara was also brilliant against Lyon, often using his feet to on-drive for boundaries. He got to his century flicking Starc to the deep square-leg rope.

Australia would have hoped for a few quick strikes with the second new ball, but Vihari ensured that wouldn't happen. He was freeflowing in stroke-play, and used the pace to good effect cutting and punching on the up. He did get a few short balls from Pat Cummins, but survived those to ensure India finished on top.

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