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India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Cheteshwar Pujara 11th Indian to Reach 6000 Test Runs

Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot.

Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot.

Cheteshwar Pujara played a valiant knock to give India hope of a fantastic win at the SCG on day five of the fifth Test, chasing 407, and en route to his innings of 77 off 205 balls registered 6000 Test runs, becoming the 11th Indian to reach the milestone

Cheteshwar Pujara played a valiant knock to give India hope of a fantastic win at the SCG on day five of the fifth Test, chasing 407, and en route to his innings of 77 off 205 balls registered 6000 Test runs, becoming the 11th Indian to reach the milestone. He achieved the milestone in the 76th over of the fourth innings with a boundary off Nathan Lyon.

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PlayerSpanMatInnsRunsHSAve100500
Sachin Tendulkar1989-201320032915921248*53.78516814
Rahul Dravid1996-20121632841326527052.6336637
Sunil Gavaskar1971-198712521410122236*51.12344512
VVS Laxman1996-2012134225878128145.97175614
Virender Sehwag2001-2013103178850331949.43233116
Virat Kohli2011-2020871477318254*53.41272310
Sourav Ganguly1996-2008113188721223942.17163513
Dilip Vengsarkar1976-1992116185686816642.13173515
Mohammed Azharuddin1984-200099147621519945.0322215
Gundappa Viswanath1969-198391155608022241.93143510
Cheteshwar Pujara2010-202180*1346030206*47.8518278

Earlier, Rishabh Pant took the fight to Australia with a blistering half century to help India to 206 for three on the final day of the third test on Monday but the tourists will resume their innings after lunch still 200 runs in arrears.

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India had started a sunny day at Sydney Cricket Ground on 98-2 chasing an unlikely victory target of 407 and were immediately on the back foot when Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed in the second over of play.

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Pant’s 73 from 97 balls, however, offered them a glimmer of hope of pulling off a remarkable win which would give them a 2-1 series lead heading into the final test in Brisbane.

The wicketkeeper was a serious injury doubt on Saturday after taking a nasty blow to his elbow but showed no signs of constraint as he pummeled two huge sixes off Nathan Lyon to move to the brink of his third half century.

Cheteshwar Pujara was the chalk to Pant’s cheese, contributing 41 runs from 147 deliveries to a partnership worth 104 runs at the break.

Australia were pinning their hopes on Lyon’s off-spin having a big impact on a deteriorating day-five wicket and he wasted no time in sending back Rahane for four, Matthew Wade taking the catch off an inside edge at short leg.

The hosts will still be strong favourites to win, especially as India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is not guaranteed to bat after dislocating his thumb in the first innings.

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