Mayank Agarwal (42*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (16*) have put in a calm and collective display to stabilise proceedings after an early blow for India in the form of KL Rahul’s wicket. Now, India are at 69/1 in 24 overs on the first day of the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney on Thursday.

Josh Hazlewood (1/17)  scalped the only wicket so far.

India dominated the first session of the day as opener Mayank and Cheteshwar added 59 runs for the second wicket after losing out-of-form Lokesh Rahul (9 runs off 6 balls)cheaply.

Opting to bat first, the visitors received an early jolt as pacer Josh Hazlewood drew the first blood, dismissing Rahul in the very second over of the day. A good length delivery outside the off-stump got a thick outside edge from Rahul’s bat and went straight into the hands of Mitchel Marsh at first slip with India’s score reading 10 runs.

However, Agarwal and Pujara then played sensibly to deny the hosts any further onslaughts.

India presently lead the four-match series 2-1.

Brief scores: India 69/1 (Mayank Agarwal 42 batting, Cheteshwar Pujara 16 batting; Josh Hazlewood 1/17) vs Australia at lunch on Day 1.

(IANS Input)