India vs Australia 4th Test Sydney: Nathan Lyon vs Cheteshwar Pujara has been one of the keenly watched contests of the Australian summer! The Australian bowler got rid of the Indian on occasions, but with India’s No 3 scoring more than 521 runs (in seven innings) in the series at an average of 74.42, comprising of three-game defining centuries means the Indian won the battle. The Indian batsman has received praise from all quarters for his patience and his marathon knocks. He has spent more time batting during the ongoing series than any other batsmen from both teams. During one of the overs on Day 3, Lyon was heard telling Pujara, “Aren’t you bored, yet?”. Lyon’s comment was caught on the stump microphone. Pujara did what he does best, he replied with a masterly 193.
Here is the video of the incident:
He was at the crease for a mammoth 1,867 minutes and was not tempted by a high percentage of the 1,258 balls he faced. It was also surprising to see Kohli being booed whereas Pujara got a standing ovation at SCG. Pujara has been the rock around which India’s success has revolved. He has seen off times when he was in there early after the openers failed against the new ball, which happened more often than not. Nothing flustered him as he played at his own pace and dictated terms.
Meanwhile, history beckons for the Indian cricket team in Australia, who are a day away from creating history. The Virat Kohli-led side which has a 2-1 lead in the ongoing four-match Test series could become the first Indian side to beat Australia in their den, a feat that no other traveling Indian Test side has been able to achieve for 74 long years that India has been traveling to the country.
Brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*), trail by 316 runs following on.