4th Test, Day 2 Highlights: Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant both brought up daddy hundreds and Pant eventually remained unbeaten on 159. The other played around and Australia were deflated. Such was the domination that even Pat Cummins was taken for 16 runs in an over by Jadeja. Pant and Jadeja stitched a massive 204-run partnership, which is the highest partnership for the 7th wicket by any team in Australia. Kohli eventually decided enough and put the Aussie openers in for a test of 10 overs which they managed to pass.
12.33: Stumps!!! Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja have managed to see through to Stumps without any damage and not much trouble. The ball is not doing much of the surface either for the spinners or for the fast bowlers, at least so far so Australia should feel confident and come out positive tomorrow. Whether they can get a result in their favor or not remains to be seen but what they can do is to make a good response to this total that India have set them and there seem no demons which will stand in their way other than their own mistakes. Australia 24/0, trail by 598 runs.
11.53: Dropped! Ohhh…Poor Pant has put Khawaja down! A regulation catch goes in and out of the gloves. Australia 11/0.
11.45: Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja are at the crease, Mohammed Shami to open the attack.
11.31: OUT!!! Ravindra Jadeja Departs and Virat Kohli have decided to declare at mammoth 622/7. Pant goes unbeaten for 159 and becomes the first Indian Wicketkeeper to score 150 in away Tests.
11.27: 150 for Pant and 150 in style as well! Four, Hazlewood to Pant, he smashes the short of a length ball in front of square leg for a boundary. Removes his helmet and celebrates in style.
11.11: It seems Jadeja is gunning for a hundred as he smashed four boundaries in an over to Mitchell Starc
10:49: 50 comes up for Ravindra Jadeja! Flatter ball on middle, pushed down the ground and JADEJA GETS TO HIS 10th TEST FIFTY! Well played but in all honesty, it was served on a platter to him. And here comes the trademark celebration:
10.41: Third new ball due in 1.3 overs.
10.15: Four! Hundred for Young Rishabh Pant! His 2nd in Test cricket. Short and on middle, Pant pulls this away and the fielder in the deep seems to have missed it as he fails to move. Maybe a lapse of concentration. It doesn’t matter though as Pant gets to his landmark.
10.12: In the air!!! Landed safely… Pant to Labuschagne, Pant wants to do a Sehwag probably, reach his hundred with a big blow.
10:05: Labuschagne to bowl from the other end.
10.02: The umpires and the players make their way back to the middle. How many overs more will they bat is the question. Jadeja to face the first ball from Nathan Lyon
9.43: TEA BREAK! That brings us to an end of the second session! Rishabh Pant (88*) is edging toward his second ton and he has formed a stable partnership alongside Ravindra Jadeja (24*).
Still can’t get over Pujara’s sensational display?
9.33: PANT ON FIRE! His consecutive boundaries has boosted his chances to gain his second Test hundred. He’s on 84.
9.23: SIX! Ravindra Jadeja finishes the over with a massive six.
8.59: After 136 overs, India are at 438/6.
8.45: Drinks break
8.36: FIFTY! Rishabh Pant has scored his third Test half-century 50 off 85 balls.
8.25: Big fish for Australia as Cheteshwar Pujara departs for 193! Jadeja makes way to the crease.
8.18:Nathan Lyon bowls another maiden over. Pant was in pressure there. India are now at 417/5 after 128 runs.
8.10:A great opportunity for Australia to dismiss Cheteshwar Pujara but the chance is dropped! Now, he’ll be careful ahead of what will be a remarkable double-century.
7.50: After 120 overs, India are at 396/5.
7.40: Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant are back to the crease for India’s innings post-lunch. Nathan Lyon will bowl first for Australia post-lunch. Meanwhile, Australia have announced their ODI squad to take on India.
7.01: LUNCH BREAK- Another decent session by India. Pujara (181*) and Rishabh Pant (27*) seem to be forming a steady partnership. Vihari departed for 42 but apart from that India looked pretty comfortable.
6.40: Josh Hazlewood starts his second day with a maiden over. This is his 10th of the fourth test.
6.35: Josh Hazlewood replaces Mitchell Starc.
6.33: After 110 overs, India have scored 367/5.
6.25: FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara concludes the 108th over with a fine strike. India are now at 358/5.
6.16: NOT OUT! Relief for Pant and India but Australia lose their second review.
6.14: REVIEW FOR PANT!Skipper Tim Paine seems to be convinced at this one…
5.55:Rishabh Pant makes his way to the crease.
5.54: WICKET!Nathan Lyon finally gets it. Australia get a much-needed boost as Hanuma Vihari departs for 42. India are now at 329/5 in 102 runs.
5.51: Pujara The Wall-
5.45: Mitchell Starc comes into the attack for Australia
5.44: Nathan Lyon starts his day two with a maiden over. He also had couple of maidens in yesterday’s match. After 100 overs, India reach 319/4.
5.30: Josh Hazlewood bowls a maiden over. After 97 overs, India are at 314/4.
5:11: India have scored 308/4 after 92 overs.
5.10: Some interesting Pujara stats we’ve got here:
5.05: Here’s the pitch report by Harsha Bhogle:
5.00: Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari are out and will continue for India. It is Josh Hazlewood, who will be bowling the first over on the day two or Australia. India are at a positive position in the match so far.
04.25: Quick Stats – Jasprit Bumrah needs two more wickets in the SCG Test to become the second fastest Indian bowler to 50 wickets after R Ashwin. In their last 25 Tests at the SCG, Australia have a 19-3 win-loss record. India’s only win at the venue came in 1977/78. However, Cheteshwar Pujara has put India in a good position after 303/4 in day one. The Aussies would have to get their A-game on now.
04.20 IST: Hello and Welcome to our live coverage of the day two of the fourth and final Test between Australia and India from the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney.
Australia: Tim Paine (c), Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Siddle, Marnus Labuschagne
India: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
Brief Preview: Day one marked a great day for the Indian cricket team courtesy to the sheer brilliance of Cheteshwar Pujara, as he guided them to 303/4 in the first innings on the opening day of the fourth cricket Test against Australia on Thursday. Pujara kept his nerves after the early blow in the form of KL Rahul’s wicket and built his momentum throughout the match with different partnerships. Australia would have to bring their A-game on tomorrow if they were to get any result in their favour.
Opener Mayank Agarwal was another solid performer, continuing his good form with a 77-run knock. At stumps, Pujara (130) and Hanuma Vihari (39) were holding the fort for the visiting side, which is in pursuit of a maiden Test series triumph on Australian soil. Virat Kohli’s men have already secured the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with their unassailable lead.