Cheteshwar Pujara scored a remarkable 193-run knock while Rishabh Pant impressed with 159 (not out) as India declared their first innings at mammoth 622/7 on the second day of the fourth Test against Australia in Sydney on Friday. Australia openers Marcus Harris (19*) and Usman Khawaja (5*) survived 10 overs and took the home team to 24 for no loss at stumps, 598 runs behind India's first innings total. The number one-ranked Indian Test team currently leads the four-match series by 2-1. Australia have three complete days to save the Test series. Resuming the Indian innings from overnight 303/4, India continued to dominate the Day 2 at the SCG. Cheteshwar Pujara remained solid for 40 overs on Day 2 and established noteworthy partnership stands with Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant. While Vihari contributed with a 42-run knock, Rishabh Pant displayed tremendous grit to score 159 off 189 balls. He scored 15 boundaries and a six and became the highest Indian run-scoring wicket-keeper in Australia. The 21-year-old also became the highest run-scorer among the Asian wicket-keepers in Tests outside the continent. For Australia, spinner Nathan Lyon was the only wicket-taking bowler on Day 2 as he claimed three wickets in Hanuma Vihari (42), Cheteshwar Pujara (193) and Ravindra Jadeja (81). On the opening day, he had claimed the crucial scalp of Mayank Agarwal (77). Besides that, Josh Hazlewood took two wickets while Mitchell Starc struck once for the struggling Australian side. (SCORECARD)
Highlights between India vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 2, from Sydney Cricket Ground.
12:30 IST: That brings an end to the second day's play in Sydney. Thank you for joining us for the live coverage.
Stumps on Day 2 of the 4th and final Test. Daddy hundreds from Pujara (193) and Pant (159*).— BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2019
Australia 24/0, trail India (622/7d) by 598 runs.
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12:20 IST: Stumps! Australia end Day 2 at 24/0, 598 runs behind India's first innings total. Usman Khawaja is on 19 (not out) and Usman Khawaja unbeaten on five as Australia have three complete days to save the Test match.
12:17 IST: End of the penultimate over of the day. Just one run from it. Australia are 24/0, trail India by 598 runs.
12:14 IST: Inside edge Usman Khawaj is safe. Kuldeep Yadav bowls an impressive delivery but turns out unlucky as it skids down with the thick edge of the bat.
12:12 IST: Kuldeep Yadav to bowl from the other end.
12:09 IST: Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack. He scored 81 runs to drive India to a mammoth total in the first innings. Let's see if he can create some magic with the ball now.
12:04 IST: Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon has surpassed India's Jasprit Bumrah to become highest wicket-taking bowler in the four-match Test series. With the help of four wickets that he claimed during India''s first innings, Lyon has accumulated 21 wickets. Bumrah currently has 20 wickets to his name from the four-Test series.
11:59 IST: FOUR! Marcus Harris drives it through the cover for a boundary. Australia are 15/0, 607 runs away from India's first innings total.
11:53 IST: Usman Khawaja dropped on zero. Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant is the culprit. Khawaja is playing as an opener in the absence of Aaron Finch.
11:50 IST: Just five runs from the second over. Australia are 10/0 and have eight more overs to play.
11:47 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to share the ball with Mohammed Shami.
11:46 IST: End of the first over, Australia are 5/0, trail India by 617 runs. Nine more overs are remaining in the day's play.
11:44 IST: FOUR! Marcus Harris gets off to the mark with a boundary. He confidently smashes it through cover for quick runs.
11:40 IST: Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja are out in the middle to start the huge trail. Mohammed Shami will open the attack for India.
11:33 IST: WICKET AND DECLARATION! India declare their first innings on 622/7, their second-highest total in Australia. Ravindra Jadeja missed out on a Test century as he lost his wicket to Nathan Lyon. Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 159 runs at the innings-break.
11:28 IST: 150 up for Rishabh Pant. With his Test-best knock, Pant has now surpassed MS Dhoni's score of 148 to become highest-scoring Indian wicket-keeper away from home.
11:26 IST: FOUR! Rishabh Pant smashes it over the mid-off for a boundary.
11:20 IST: Drinks-break! With 15 overs and one hour to go before stumps, India are 605/6 in Sydney. The seventh-wicket pair of Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja have established a 187-run stand to keep on the top before the last hour's play in Sydney.
11:17 IST: Virat Kohli is watching the Test with Sanjay Bangar and Kuldeep Yadav. He's still in his practice jersey, which means he might not come to field for India today. A declaration at the stroke of stumps expected.
11:13 IST: 600 up for India! Three consecutive boundaries from Ravindra Jadeja take India past 600 in 164 runs. The left-handed batsman is on fire and eyeing his second Test century.
11:11 IST: FOUR! Ravindra Jadeja continues to frustrate bowlers with his impeccable pull-shots.
11:05 IST: FOUR! Ravindra Jadeja is enjoying himself at the moment. He pulls away a shortish delivery to deep square for a boundary. India are 585/6 in 162.4 overs.
11:00 IST: FOUR! Ravindra Jadeja hits it with the full face of the bat down the ground for a beautiful boundary.
10:58 IST: Mitchell Starc is back into the attack. Can he create some magic with the new ball?
10:56 IST: FOUR! Glorious cover drive from Rishabh Pant. It takes the seventh-wicket partnership stand to 150 runs. India are 568/6 in 161 overs.
10:52 IST: The third new ball has been taken by Australia.
10:51 IST: SIX! Rishabh Pant follows it up with a huge six at long-on.
10:49 IST: FIFTY! Ravindra Jadeja scores his 10th Test half-century off 89 balls. India reach 557/6 in 159.4 overs.
10:41 IST: After Rishabh Pant's second Test, the other southpaw on the crease - Ravindra Jadeja is eyeing his 10th Test half-century.
10:35 IST: End of the over! India are 539/6 in 155 over with Rishabh Pant (119*) having crossed his career-best knock. This is also the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper outside the continent.
10:28 IST: FOUR! Rishabh Pant plays an impressive pull shot to get himself a boundary. The 21-year-old southpaw batsman now has his eyes on highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper away from the continent. Currently, Vijay Manjrekar holds the record with 118 runs that he scored against the Windies in 1959.
10:26 IST: Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja complete 100-run partnership stand for the seventh-wicket.
10:24 IST: End of the over! India are 517/6 in 152 overs with Rishabh Pant (104*) and Ravindra Jadeja (35) in charge.
10:18 IST: Australia introduce Usman Khawaja into the attack.
10:15 IST: HUNDRED! Rishabh Pant scores his second Test century off 137 balls. He's the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a century in Australia. With unbeaten 291 runs, he has surpassed skipper Virat Kohli, who has 282 runs in the Test series so far.
10:13 IST: A brilliant bit of fielding effort there. Rishabh Pant gets inside the crease well on time. But, he has hurt himself with the dive.
10:10 IST: 3 runs! Good running between the wickets. Rishabh Pant takes his score to 93 and India past 500. Ravindra Jadeja should get the credit for this.
10:02 IST: We are back for the final session on the second day in Sydney. Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja resume India innings post-tea. Nathan Lyon, who has three wicket to his name, will open the attack for Australia.
09:43 IST: TEA! India reach 491/6 by the end of the second session in Sydney. Rishabh Pant (88*) is eyeing his second Test ton, with Ravindra Jadeja (25*) solid at the other end.
09:41 IST: Travis Head comes into the attack. This could be the last over before tea.
09:39 IST: Mitchell Starc frustrates Rishabh Pant ahead of his second Test century. But Pant takes a single off the last delivery to keep the strike.
09:32 IST: Back-to-back boundaries bring Rishabh Pant close to his second Test hundred. He's on 84 with 10-15 minutes to go before the tea-break. India are 481/6 after 143 overs.
09:28 IST: Mitchell Starc is back into the attack.
09:22 IST: SIX! Ravindra Jadeja concludes the over with a six.
09:15 IST: Marnus Labuschagne replaces Nathan Lyon.
09:11 IST: FOUR! Ravindra Jadeja scores a one-bounce boundary to take India past 250. A short pitch delivery from Pat Cummins gets an uppercut for four.
09:06 IST: FOUR! Rishabh Pant continues to frustrate Nathan Lyon. He lifts it over the mid-off to get a boundary, takes India to 445/6 in 137.3 overs.
08:59 IST: End of the over! 1 run. Rishabh Pant takes a quick single to keep the strike. India are 438/6 in 136 overs.
08:55 IST: Hundreds of Richie Benaud fans are at the SCG today to pay tribute to the late cricket commentator. And, they are having fun with Pat Cummins at the boundary.
08:50 IST: Pat Cummins is back into the attack.
08:45 IST: Drinks-break. It was again Nathan Lyon who gave Australia some relief before the drinks break in the second session of the Test. He claimed his third wicket in Cheteshwar Pujara (193), who missed out on a Test double-century.
08:36 IST: FIFTY! Rishabh Pant scores his third Test half-century 50 off 85 balls. He takes a single to reach the mark. India get to 426/6 in 131.3 overs.
08:27 IST: Ravindra Jadeja comes to bat at number eight.
08:25 IST: WICKET! CAUGHT & BOWLED Cheteshwar Pujara departs for 193 runs. Nathan Lyon strikes again, traps the big fish. Pujara misses out on his 4th Test double-hundred. India are 418/6 in 130 overs. Pujara's 373-ball 193 is the sixth-highest score by an Indian in Australia. Batting legend Sachin tendulkar is on the top of the list with 241 runs (not out) at SCG in 2004.
08:18 IST: Nathan Lyon bowls a maiden over, keeps Rishabh Pant under control. India are 417/5 in 128 runs.
08:12 IST: FOUR! Sweetly timed by Rishabh Pant. He flicks it with elegance to mid-on for a boundary, takes India to 416/5 in 126.3 overs.
08:10 IST: Josh Hazlewood replaces Marnus Labuschagne.
08:07 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara dropped! Usman Khawaja is the culprit at the first slip. Pujara gets a life at 192. Now, he'll be watchful ahead of a double-century.
08:04 IST: FOUR! Terrific shot. This shows his intent. Cheteshwar Pujara smashes it over the mid-wicket as Marnus Labuschagne errs in line.
07:59 IST: 400 up for India in 122.3 overs. Cheteshwar Pujara picks up a single to take the India to the mark.
07:57 IST: DROPPED? Rishabh Pant goes the aerial way. The ball lands short of Josh Hazlewood at long-on.
07:55 IST: Meanwhile, Australia have announced their 14-man squad for the three-match ODI series against India, starting January 12.
BREAKING: Australia's ODI squad to take on India #AUSvIND— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019
Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitch Marsh (vc), Alex Carey (vc), Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa
07:50 IST: End of the over! Three runs from it. India are 396/5 in 120 overs.
07:44 IST: Marnus Labuschagne to continue from the other end.
07:43 IST: Rishabh Pant takes a single to take India to 390 for five after 118 overs. He will remain on the strike.
07:40 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant have come back to the crease to resume India's innings post-lunch. Nathan Lyon to bowl for Australia.
07:01 IST: LUNCH ON DAY 2! Cheteshwar Pujara (181*) and Rishabh Pant (27*) help India score 389 for five by the end of the morning session in Sydney.
06:55 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara has gone past 500 runs in the ongoing Test series. With 175 (not out), Pujara has accumulated 502 runs so far in the four-match Test series. India skipper Virat Kohli is second on the list with 282 runs.
06:52 IST: Marnus Labuschagne replaces Josh Hazlewood.
06:47 IST: End of the over! Just two runs from it. India are 373/5 in 113 overs.
06:39 IST: Josh Hazlewood starts with a maiden over, his 10th in the Sydney Test. He has been the most economical bowler in the Test so far. Hazlewood has conceded 63 runs in 26 overs at an economy of 2.42.
06:35 IST: Josh Hazlewood replaces Mitchell Starc.
06:33 IST: Three runs from the over. India are 367/5 after 110 overs.
06:26 IST: FOUR! Leg Byes. Bonus runs for India. Mitchell Starc bowls a full length inswinger. Rishabh Pant misses the shot and the ball touches the pad and goes across the boundary rope.
06:25 IST: FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara concludes the over on Nathan Lyon with a boundary. India reach 358/5 in 108 runs.
06:20 IST: FOUR! A brilliant bit of batting display from Rishabh Pant. He plays the yorker late and gets quick runs with impressive balance.
06:16 IST: NOT OUT! Australia lose their second review. Rishabh Pant is safe. Captain Tim Paine misjudges the DRS and leaves Australia with no review remaining.
06:14 IST: REVIEW TIME! Rishabh Pant is the man in question. Tim Paine is convinced but Nathan Lyon is not.
06:11 IST: FOUR! Typical left-hander's elegance. Rishabh Pant gets his boundary with a beautiful cover drive. India are 344/5 in 104.4 overs.
06:10 IST: FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara is batting on a completely different plane. That shows his confidence. He pushes the ball to cover point for some luxury runs.
06:05 IST: Drinks are on the field! Nathan Lyon dismissed Hanuma Vihari to give Australia some hope by the end of the first hour's play on the second day in Sydney. However, Cheteshwar Pujara (155*) continued scoring runs for India.
06:01 IST: End of the over! Six runs from it. India are 335/5 in 103 runs.
05:56 IST: Rishabh Pant comes to the crease.
05:54 IST: WICKET! Finally success for Nathan Lyon. Australia get a much-needed breakthrough. Hanuma Vihari departs for 42. That brings an end to the century stand. India are 329/5 in 102 runs. India lose their first review as snicko meter finds out it was a feather touch off the willow and Marnus Labuschagne makes no mistake at short leg.
05:51 IST: FOUR! 150 up for Cheteshwar Pujara. He becomes the fifth Indian batsman to score 150 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. And that brings up 100 for the fifth-wicket pair.
05:46 IST: Starc bowls a loose delivery and Cheteshwar Pujara makes the most of it. Angles it away over the point to get an easy boundary.
05:45 IST: Bowling change from the other end as well. Mitchell Starc comes into the attack.
05:44 IST: Nathan Lyon starts with a maiden over. After 100 overs, India reach 319/4.
05:39 IST: 3 runs! Cheteshwar Pujara flicks it to deep mid-wicket for three runs. Good running between the wickets.
05:31 IST: Josh Hazlewood bowls a maiden over. India are 314/4 in 97 overs.
05:23 IST: 3 runs! Nicely played. Cheteshar Pujara is in great touch. After getting most of his runs from flicks, the right-hander is now exploring the cover drives.
05:09 IST: End of the over! Just two runs from it. India are 308/4 in 92 overs.
05:04 IST: Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end.
05:02 IST: 3 runs! The Indians get off to the mark with a crackling shot from Cheteshwar Pujara. He is showing more patience than Australia, who desperately need a breakthrough.
05:00 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari are out in the middle to start India's proceedings on Day 2. Josh Hazlewood will open the attack.
04:55 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara (130*) and Hanuma Vihari (39*) are holding fort for India, who are aiming for a maiden Test series win in Australia.
04:50 IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the second day of the fourth Test between India and Australia in SCG, Sydney.
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. Kohli again won the toss with Rahul back in the team to open with Agarwal and Vihari dropping to number six to cover for the unavailable Rohit Sharma.
Australia got an early breakthrough with Josh Hazlewood tempting Rahul into a defensive shot that took a outside edge and carried to Shaun Marsh at first slip, and he was gone for nine.
But that only brought the stoic Pujara to the crease and like he has done all series, the 68-Test veteran dug in and blunted the new ball. He survived a review decision for caught behind on 12, but otherwise gave a masterclass, brushing off two nasty hits to the shoulder.
In another innings of patience and concentration, he slowly picked off runs to bring up his 18th Test century from 199 balls, with 13 boundaries. The methodical 30-year-old has been by far the best batsman from either side across the series and his ton followed a stellar 123 in the first Test in Adelaide and 106 in the third Test at Melbourne.
Playing in only his second Test, the Bangalore-born Agarwal was also impressive. He was targeted with bouncers and struck on the helmet but held firm, reinforcing his credentials after a solid debut in Melbourne.
He worked hard to make his second Test 50 in only three innings by caressing a Mitchell Starc delivery through the covers for four. But he began to open up with the bat and after hitting Nathan Lyon for six to bring up his highest Test score of 77, attempted to do the same from the next delivery and was caught by Starc at long-on.