Marcus Harris edges closer to Australia's first century against India

05 January, 2019, 10:42 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
  • India's Hanuma Vihari walks off after he was caught out on day 2 during their cricket test match against Australia in Sydney Friday Jan. 4 2019. (A

Chesteshwar Pujara's master-class of Australian conditions continued as he reached his highest score outside India and lifted the tourists into a dominant position of 389-5 at lunch on day two of the fourth and final test against Australia on Friday.

Currently, India are leading the four-match Test series 2-1 following their wins by 31 and 137 runs in Adelaide and Melbourne, respectively.

Senior batsman Usman Khawaja was also called up after a layoff of almost two years as Australia look to find the formula to turn around a poor run of form in time for their World Cup defence in England later this year. "I thought Pujara again was superb, he wore us down, which is what he always seems to do".

"That sort of set the scene for Rishabh Pant to come in and show his skill".

Paine thanked Kohil and his men for helping the Australian public "fall back in love with cricket" - a reference to the tender nature of the sport's image after the ball-tampering scandal erupted in March 2018.

"I expected to have extremely tough days (as captain) - had them last year when I wasn't captain; had them for 15 years of first-class cricket", he said. Never before have India ended the third day of a Test match in Australia looking so assured of clinching the series and even winning the match.

India's Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates making 150 runs against Australia on day 2 during their cricket test match in Sydney Friday Jan. 4 2019. (AP P

Pant produced the first Test century by an Indian keeper in Australia, while the 21-year-old became the youngest keeper to hit a Test hundred in Australia.

"Everyone in the team has given me the freedom to express myself so every time I bat, I just enjoy myself, that's the thing I love to do".

Harris was joined by Marnus Labuschagne and made it to another half-century before lunch, but Australia lost 3-35 in the first hour of the second session in another disappointing collapse.

Pujara's highest score outside India was followed by the biggest of Pant's career, 159 not out, and Ravindra Jadeja's knock of 81. "You've got to tip your cap to India".

Kohli, who was dismissed for 23 on day one in Sydney, has been heavily criticised for his on-field behavior over the course of the series which began in December previous year.

Lyon (2-116) got the only breakthrough of the session when he had Hanuma Vihari caught to end the 101-run partnership with Pujara mid-way through the session after India resumed this morning at 303-4. Pujara's batting partner Rishabh Pant ran to him to congratulate him and the SCG crowd stood on their feet to give Pujara the deserved standing ovation.

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