Australia vs India 4th Test Day 2: Pujara, Pant add to Australia’s woes in Sydney

Cheteshwar Pujara 193 Australia India 4th Test Day 2 Sydney cricket

Cheteshwar Pujara fell seven runs short of a double century

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Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant scored 193 and 159 not out respectively as India continued to torment Australia on the second day in Sydney.

Starting off the day on 303/4, India added 26 runs to their overnight score before Hanuma Vihari was caught by Marnus Labuschagne at short leg off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 42.

Pujara and Pant made up for the loss of Vihari with an 89-run partnership before Pujara was caught and bowled by Lyon for 193, which came off 373 balls and included 22 boundaries.

India’s domination with the bat continued as Pant and Ravindra Jadeja forged a 204-run stand, during which Pant surged past his hundred and Jadeja his fifty.

While Pant eased past his century, Jadeja could not get to the triple figure mark as he was clean bowled by Lyon for a 114-ball 81, which included seven boundaries and a six.

As soon as Jadeja was dismissed, India declared on 622/7.

Pant was left unbeaten on a career-best 159, which came off 189 balls and included 15 boundaries and a six.

Pant not only became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test century in Australia, but his knock was also the third-highest by an Indian wicketkeeper in the longest format, behind MS Dhoni’s 224 and Budhi Kunderan’s 192.

Lyon was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Josh Hazlewood snapped up two and Mitchell Starc chipped in with one.

Trailing by 622 runs, Australia scored 24 runs in the 10 overs they faced.

Marcus Harris finished on 19, which came off 29 balls and included two boundaries, while Usman Khawaja remained undefeated on five.

Australia ended day two on 24/0 and will continue batting on Saturday at 10:30 local time or 23:30 GMT (the previous day).

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