12: 20 pm Stumps! Australia 24/0, trail India (622/7 decl) by 598 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara with 193, Rishabh Pant with 159 and Ravindra Jadeja with 81 stars of the day.
12:04 pm Harris off to a confident start, scoring 17* off 22 balls. Australia 18/0.
11:53 am Pant grasses a regulation catch as Usman Khawaja (0*) edged Shami. Australia 11/0 in 2.3 overs.
11:42 am Mohammed Shami starts with the new ball for India in what could be a nervous 10-over period for the Australians. Marcus Harris gets his team going with a boundary. Australia 5/0.
11:32 am Bowled! Lyon castles Jadeja for 81, and with that comes the decleration from India.
India declare at 622/7 in 167.2 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 193, Rishabh Pant 159*, Jadeja 81; Nathan Lyon 4/178)
11:28 am With 149*, #RishabhPant breaks #MSDhoni’s record for the highest Test knock by an Indian wicketkeeper overseas. And the 200-run stand between Pant and Jadeja also comes up. India 621/6
Meanwhile, Sachin lauds Pujara masterclass
Test match batting at its best by Pujara. @cheteshwar1 has been the difference between the 2 teams for me. To be ab… https://t.co/nUKkrfVZdL
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1546575352000
11:10 am The 12th man was out on the field a few minutes back. Wonder what was the message given to Pant and Jadeja. Can’t be anything other than ‘go for it’, as Jadeja half-pulls Hazlewood for a couple of boundaries, followed by a straight swat for four and another pulled four. India 602/6.
#AUSvIND We’ve got Pant Rishab Pant I just don’t think you’ll understand He’ll hit you for a six He’ll babysit yo… https://t.co/DxfL5bKBdV
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) 1546562449000
Third new ball taken
10:49 am Fifty up for Jadeja, and out comes his customary ‘sword’ celebration. India 557/6
10:45 am India 547/6 as Australia’s body language becomes that of surrender, almost waiting for the visitors to declare.
10:28 am Big shots coming into play as centurion Pant sweeps part-timer Khawaja for the ninth boundary of his innings. And the 100-run stand between Pant and Jadeja (39*) is also up.India 528/6.
10:15 am Pant brings up his second Test century and is now the first Indian wicketkeeper to do so on Australian soil.
After Pujara’s brilliant 193, Rishabh Pant has assured that India put the game firmly out of Australia’s grip. Very… https://t.co/jWkQPHH922
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 1546580037000
Got to feel for Wridhiman Saha. 😔
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 1546578375000
10: 10 am 500 up for India in 148.2 overs. 501/6.
9:43 am India 491/6 at tea on Day 2 in Sydney (Rishabh Pant 88*, Cheteshwar Pujara 193)
9:20 am India closing in on 150 overs, nine shy. The Aussies must be feeling tired now with almost a day and a half on the field. Pant is into the 70s, batting on 75, Jadeja gets to 19 with a six. India 469/6.
9:06 am Pant (64*) chances his arm and hits Lyon between extra cover and long-off for a boundary. Just over 30 minutes left to tea. India 448/6.
8:50 am Jadeja and Pant not trying to be adventurous for quick runs shows that India want to bat as long as possible on day two, maybe with a target of 500 on mind.
8:35 am Fifty for Rishabh Pant, third of his Test career. An important knock from the wicketkeeper-batsman. India 426/6.
9 hours, 8 minutes and 373 balls later – @cheteshwar1 walks back after scoring 193 👏🙌🙌 #TeamIndia #AUSvIND https://t.co/atOD7TeAOD
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1546571235000
8:25 am Out! Pujara misses double century. Dismissed for 193, caught & bowled by Nathan Lyon. Standing applause at the SCG for India’s No. 3.
Chitt ke Ishwar, another name for Lord Shiva – Cheteshwar Pujara. Destroyed Australia’s chances in the series, most… https://t.co/e849uR0YXF
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 1546570945000
193 for the WALL @cheteshwar1 what and innings, what a series, what a player. Test Match batting at its best 👏🏻🏏👌🏻
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) 1546571354000
8:22 am A little lull in the scoring rate, with Pujara seven runs away from his double century and Pant seven away from a fifty. India 417/5.
Fact Box: Pujara has broken a 90-year-old record for most deliveries faced by a visiting batsman in a Test series of four or fewer matches in Australia. It stood in the name of England’s Herbert Sutcliffe, who faced 1237 balls.
8:06 am Tough chance to Khawaja at first slip off Lyon. Pujara has been put down at 192. Struck Khawaja’s extended right hand but never stuck. India 412/5.
8 am 400 up for India! This will start worrying the Aussies now, being batted out of the game.
FACT BOX: Cheteshwar Pujara has crossed the tally of 500 runs in the series to become the third Indian batsman to do so in a Test series in Australia. Virat Kohli leads the list with 692 runs, followed by Rahul Dravid’s 619.
7:45 am India resume post lunch, with a target to reach 450 before trying to accelerate the scoring rate.
7 am India 389/5 at lunch on Day 2 in Sydney, with Cheteshwar Pujara 181 not out and Rishabh Pant 27 not out. The duo have added 60 runs so far for the sixth wicket, while India overall scored 86 runs for the loss of one wicket in 27 overs bowled on the second morning.
6:50 am India continue to do the good work in partnerships. The Pujara-Pant duo has added 48 runs so far for the sixth wicket. India 377/5 in 114 overs.
6:35 am India 367/5. Less than 30 minutes left before lunch, the visitors’ immediate target will be to not lose another wicket before the break.
6:22 am India’s 350 comes up with a boundary from Pant, who is looking super busy with 15 off 18 balls, including two fours. India 353/5 in 107 overs.
Instances of Indian batsmen facing 300+ balls in a Test inns since 2017: Cheteshwar Pujara – 525 balls v Australia… https://t.co/yRH2C5hhq9
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) 1546563671000
6:17 am DRS to India and Pant’s rescue this time. Given not out on a caught-behind appeal by Lyon, Australia take review but nothing spotted on Hot Spot and Snicko. India 346/5 in 106 overs. Australia’s reviews run out.
6:10 am India 335/5. And quite understandably, the broadcaster switches on the stump microphone with Pant batting and Paine standing behind the wickets.
5:53 am Out? Yes! Vihari (42) tries to sweep Lyon, misses, faint edge and the ball lobs up for an easy catch at short leg. But the batsman goes for a review straight away. Snicokmeter confirms wood with a spike. On-field decision upheld. India 329/4 in 102 overs. End of 101-run stand. Rishabh Pant is the new man in.
Thoughts on this one? #SpecsaversCricket #AUSvIND | @SpecsaversAU https://t.co/FS6vOaV41o
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) 1546562003000
5:50 am Boundary! 150 comes up for Pujara (151*), fifth Indian batsman to do so in a Test at SCG. Also the 100-run partnership between him and Vihari (42*).
5:35 am Tim Paine would like what his bowlers are doing in terms of controlling runs, but they need to create more wicket-taking opportunities to bring Australia back into the game. Pujara and Vihari are, at the moment, happy biding their time and defend against any morning freshness in the pitch.
5:20 am A quiet but solid start by India on another hot and humid day in Sydney. First session will hold the key where they reach in their first innings – 314/4 in 95 overs. Pujara 138*, Vihari 41*.
5:04 am Pujara (133*) begins with a copybook cover drive to get himself and India going on Day 2. India 306/4.
4:45 am A very warm welcome back to the Timesofindia.com’s coverage of the second day of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
This guy – @cheteshwar1 How much longer is he going to bat? Any guesses? #TeamIndia #AUSvIND https://t.co/YuFwLbdpdb
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1546555832000
The first day belonged to India’s top order led by No. 3 Cheteshwar Pujara and opener Mayank Agarwal. While the dependable Pujara (130*) struck another solid century, his third of the series, to defy the Aussie bowlers and stay unbeaten at stumps, Agarwal (77) impressed with his second half-century in as many Tests.
At 303/4 on the opening after deciding to bat first, the visitors won the first-day honours and would like to bat themselves into further position of strength on Friday to ensure a result (draw or win) that will more or less ensure a maiden Test series victory for India Down Under.
At stumps on day one, they were 303 for four with the rock-like number three not out 130 and Hanuma Vihari on 39. Josh Hazlewood was the best among the bowlers with figures of 2/51.
Day 1 Round-up
Irrepressible Cheteshwar Pujara stroked his third century of the series on Thursday to put India in a commanding position at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
At stumps on day one, India, after opting to bat, were 303/4 with the rock-like number three not out 130 and Hanuma Vihari on 39. Mayank Agarwal made 77 with Josh Hazlewood the best of the bowlers with 2/51.
After toiling on a hot Sydney day, Australia were rewarded with the wickets of KL Rahul, Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane; but despite a five-pronged attack, the key scalp of Pujara remained elusive.
The visitors lead the series 2-1 after winning the opening clash in Adelaide and the third one in Melbourne. Australia claimed victory in Perth.
If India, the world’s top-ranked nation, win or draw in Sydney they will clinch a first-ever series in Australia since they began touring Down Under in 1947-48.