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Twitter Rejoices as India Take Complete Control in Sydney Test

Cricketnext Staff |January 5, 2019, 6:05 AM IST
Twitter Rejoices as India Take Complete Control in Sydney Test

India continued to dominate proceedings in the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground as big hundreds from Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant took them to a massive score of 622 for 7 on board before skipper Virat Kohli decided to declare. The Australian openers saw off the tricky period of play to be 24 for no loss but know they have a tall task on hands as they trail the tourists by 598 runs.

Hanuma Vihari played well for his 42 before getting out caught at short leg, trying to sweep Nathan Lyon.

Replays though showed the decision was not as convincing as it looked at the first instance.

Pujara at the other end, continued batting time and tiring down the Australian bowlers, scoring over 500 runs in the series.

The Indian No. 3 was dropped on 192 but couldn’t make the most of it as a quiet passage of play saw him go into a shell and was out caught and bowled to Lyon for a majestic 193.

Rishabh Pant though was in no mood to give it away to the hosts as he played superbly to register his second Test ton.

Ravindra Jadeja helped himself with a half-century as well and brought out the sword celebrations.

Jadeja hit Pat Cummins for four boundaries in an over to bring up the 600 for India. He was bowled for 81 which prompted the Indian skipper to declare the innings.

Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja - who was dropped by Pant behind the wickets of Shami, saw the day off for Australia.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 6939 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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