Ind vs Aus 4th Test Day 2 Highlights: India made a mockery of the Australian bowling attack on Day 2. After Cheteshwar Pujara fell for 193, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja dug in and put up a stand that ended on 204 with the dismissal of Jadeja. India decared on 622/7 and Australia are 24/0 at the end of the second day in Sydney.
Pant was unbeaten on 159 off 180 balls. He is the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test century in Australia. This was his second century and his first was also the first by an Indian in England.
Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2018/19Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney 22 January 2019
Australia 300 (104.5) & 6/0 (4.0)
India 622/7 dec (167.2)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 4th Test ) Australia drew with India
Ind vs Aus 4th Test Day 2 Highlights:
STUMPS! Australia 24/0...
...trail India by 598 runs. Khawaja is on 19, Harris on 5. Khawaja has been given a lifeline by Pant and so Australia end the day without losing a wicket. Not that it makes much of a difference though. There are three days left in this Test match and it will truly be a miracle if Australia can get themselves into a winning position from this point. But then again, these kind of miracles can only happen in Test cricket. Batting records fell like rain today during the brutal Indian innings. Check them out here. Thanks for sticking around, see ya tomorrow!
Last over of the day
Kuldeep will be bowling it, Khawaja on strike, Australia 24/0.
And now the spinners
Jadeja has raced through his overs and Kuldeep Yadav now comes in to bowl his first over in Test cricket in Australia.
Bumrah and Shami alternating
Five overs remaining in the day and the Aussie openers have not had too much trouble remaining in the middle. Harris on 17, Khawaja on 2, Australia 19/0.
Khawaja dropped on nought...
...and Rishabh Pant is the culprit. The left-hander pokes at a a delivery veering outside off and Pant had to dive to his left. The ball goes in and out.
The batsmen are playing their shots. Australia are trailing by no less than 611 runs. The only real use this innings has is that the Australian batsmen stand a chance of improving their tally for the series and their batting averages.
Players are back
10 overs left in the day, Mohammed Shami starts for India. Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris open the Australian innings.
Rishabh Pant:— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) 4 January 2019
First Indian wicketkeeper to score Test century in England
First Indian wicketkeeper to score Test century in Australia #AusvInd
JADEJA DISMISSED, INDIA DECLARE
Jadeja steps out, takes a heave and misses the ball completely. He is dismissed for 82, Lyon gets his fourth and Kohli calls his players back. Pant is unbeaten on 159, the partnership between him and Jadeja ends on 204. India 622/7.
Pant-Jadeja stand crosses 200
Pant whips it behind square for four. The Australian bowling attack was seen as being intact as opposed to the fumbling batsmen. That myth has been shattered today. India 621/6
150 for Pant
He is the fourth Indian wicketkeeper to cross the landmark in Test cricket. He is now scoring runs for fun, so is Jadeja.
Jadeja hits a hat-trick of fours off none other than Pat Cummins and India have now crossed over into the 600s. Jadeja is on 80, partnership with Pant is now worth 184 runs
Remember when Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed? That happened only in the previous session, for Australia that may have been five days ago. In fact, this must feel like a timeless Test for them. Partnership between these two is now getting closer to 200.
Partnership crosses 150
It is now 160, to be precise and it was taken there by a glorious straight drive from Jadeja. Australian openers have been looking to the dressing room in hope. Kohli is not even wearing whites and Kuldeep is padded up which means India are not intent on declaring at all. Kohli would like to see Pant scoring a 200 maybe.
He takes one on the pads off Hazlewood, Australia appeal but umpire shakes his head. They have no reviews left. Replays show that they would have stayed with umpire's call anyhow. India 564/6.
SCG treated to the sword dance
Because Jadeja has scored his 50. He has got there in 89 balls, the very next ball is sent over the ropes for a six. Partnership between Pant and Jadeja is now nearing the 50-run mark.
FOUR! India cross 550
They are absolutely rubbing it in Australia faces now. None of the Indian players are in whites and they don't like they have any intention of doing so. India can keep this going as long as they want here. This is a statement. Pant is on 128, Jadeja on 49.
Head and Khawaja with the ball
Australia have now bowled three ODI matches worth of overs, Nathan Lyon has is into his 53rd. They are throwing the ball to anyone who knows how to hold it now. India cruising at 54-/6, Jadeja 8 runs away from securing a 50 for himself.
100 for Pant
He is the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test ton in Australia. Brings it up with a four, as you would expect. If they don't get either of these two out, Australia are in for more pounding. India are under no pressure at all to declare and Rishabh Pant does not have the burden of being in the 90's to worry about.
India cross 500
First time in 10 years that India have played in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand or England. Pant on 94.
Pant on 90
And he dances down the track to try and go big against Nathan Lyon. It ends up taking an inside edge and hits his pads.
Partnership between Pant and Jadeja is now 73. Pant is on 88, Jadeja on 25. Australia under the cosh.
67 now between Pant and Jadeja and the former is on 85. How in the world Australia are planning to stay alive in this match, only they know.
Jadeja brings up the 50-run parnership in style. Smashes Cummins over wide long-on.
Pant moves into the 70's
India are not going to declare any time soon and so a second Test century is very much on the cards for Rishabh Pant. Partnership is nearing the half century mark.
Lot of love for Pujara...
...and rightly so. Chances of him playing another epic in the second innings is close to none now and so we won't be seeing him again until India's next Test series which is only in March. For the Indian fans, neutrals, and indeed, those Australian fans who can look beyond the miseries of their team ad appreciate good cricket, this innings has been a lovely parting gift.
Classical Test Match batting, a masterclass from Pujara. So much to learn from him for batsman all over the world these days. And while comparison is not fair, for the criticism he gets , in this series Pujara has scored runs at a strike rate marginally more than Kohli. pic.twitter.com/y20abO588C— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 4 January 2019
Calmness while batting, calmness in celebration. Pujara stands out in today’s frenetic world as he has done in this series.????????????#AusvIndia— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 3 January 2019
A great lesson to all batsmen in the series and tests in general. @cheteshwar1 showing how trusting your strengths and being unashamedly dogged in technique and concentration brings great rewards.— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) 4 January 2019
Chitt ke Ishwar, another name for Lord Shiva - Cheteshwar Pujara.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 4 January 2019
Destroyed Australia’s chances in the series, most number of balls batted by an Indian in a series against Australia. Outstanding 193, memorable knock pic.twitter.com/jEcTWhs7kQ
193 for the WALL @cheteshwar1 what and innings, what a series, what a player. Test Match batting at its best ??????????— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) 4 January 2019
Rishabh Pant is now just under 40 runs away from becoming the second highest run scorer in the series, overtaking Virat Kohli in the process. Considering this is his first half-century of the series, this is a reflection of his consistency. He also channeled his inner Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson just for fun.
50 for Pant
It has come off 85 deliveries. A measured innings this from the young wicketkeeper. He is the first batsman after KL Rahul in this innings to not have Pujara at the other end.
OUT! PUJARA'S EPIC ENDS!
He is just seven runs away from his double ton when his attempt at pushing the ball towards the leg side is unsuccessful and it lobs straight back to the bowler Nathan Lyon. The SCG stands and applauds as he walks off. He has batted nearly five sessions and absorbed 373 balls. He has been part of four 50-plus partnerships, two of which crossed over into three figures. His tally for the series stands at 521 runs off 1258 balls. Take a bow please.
Rough outside left-hander's off
Jadeja will be smiling looking at that little patch. The pitch is expected wear down further and so Australia are truly in for it whenever they come to bat, which is not going to happen any time soon. For now, Hazlewood charging and the Pujara is on strike. He is on 193.
Pujara, on 192, tries to cut Lyon and the balls ends up flying to the right of Khawaja. He sticks out his right hand but the ball simply bounces off. India get two more runs in that over and the score is now 412/5.
400 for India
Australia completely deflated now. Their body language says that they are devoid of ideas. A fourth double ton looks inevitable now for Pujara. He is on 187.
Australia are looking listless, have been for an hour or so. The body language is flat. The game looks beyond them.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 4, 2019
Twice. The first was a yes-no between him and Pujara on the striker's end. He manages to get back in time, bowler Labuschagne does well to collect the ball and throw it back to the stumps. He would have been done had it been a direct hit. The second time was when he attempted a lofted shot, it falls short for Hazlewood at long-on.
Players are back
Lyon and Labushagne have bowled, Pant and Pujara just keep blocking and taking singles nonchalantly. India are 393/5 after the second over of the post-Lunch session, Pant on 30, Pujara 182.
LUNCH! India 389/5
Another big session for India. Pujara is inching closer to the 200 run mark and he is on his way to breaking quite a few records. Australia right now look devoid of ideas. Cricket Australia, meanwhile, has announced the ODI squad.
#AUSvIND— Express Sports (@IExpressSports) January 4, 2019
Australia squad for 3-match ODI series vs India: Finch (c), Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Handscomb, Maxwell, Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Carey , Richardson, Stanlake, Behrendorff, Siddle, Lyon, Zampa.
Another 50-run stand
Pujara is there and his partner this time is Pant. This is the fourth of the innings and Pujara has been involved in all of them. He is on 176.
Pujara on 171
And he has a strike rate of 53.77. The partnership between him and Pant is already on 42. Another session of toil for Australia, this. 68 runs have been scored off 22 overs.
An incredible piece of batsmanship from Pant takes India beyond 350. Starc belts in a yorker coming in at over 150kph, Pant manages to get his bat down despite being slightly off balance and the ball actually trickles away to the long on boundary.
Australia out of reviews
They appeal for caught behind off Rishabh Pant, umpire shakes his head but Paine reviews the decision. No conclusive to reverse the decision, says the third umpire after seeing nothing on Hotspot.
Pant's first four...
...is a work of art. Full delivery outside off, Pant leans in and caresses it through extra covers for four. Pujara had hit another four two balls earlier and he has now moved to 160. This is his seventh 150, which takes him past VVS Laxman.
So, Australia finally get a wicket. A very strange dismissal, the umpire had lifted the finger even before Lyon had properly started an appeal. Tim Paine and Marnus Labushscagne looked very confident of it. Vihari reviewed as soon as he saw the umpire's decision and when made the T with his bat and hand, Lyon looked pretty dejected. The ball looped up only after hitting the bicep and it would have been impossible to see that nick with the naked eye. Great decision from Ian Gould. It is one of those rare occasions when the bowler thought it was not out and the decision from upstairs said something else.