cheteshwar pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (AFP Photo)

A host of records were created and broken during the second day of the fourth Test between Australia and India.

Here are the top moments from the day :-

Debatable call of the day

Hanuma Vihari had added just three to his overnight total in the first hour of play to moved to 42. Australia were still desperately looking for a breakthrough. That came when Vihari, in order to break the shackles, went for a sweep but the ball went into the hands of forward short leg fielder after taking a feather edge and lobbing off his arm. Vihari reviewed the decision. Even though the third umpire swiftly upheld the on-field call, experts were not too sure about whether it was out. From Michael Hussey, Aakash Chopra were among who felt it should have been not out. The snicko picked a slight deflection when the ball went past the bat but visuals seemed to suggest there was no contact. There were suggestions camera might have missed a frame.

What do you think?

Kip-up

From the standing ovation Cheteshwar Pujara received from the SCG crowd after he was done playing his marathon innings to Jadeja’s trademark sword celebration on reaching his fifty, Day 2 served plenty of interesting moments. However, Rishabh Pant, who struck a century and broke a host of records, doing kip-up is our pick of the day as he puts on display a fine example of his fitness and flexibility.

 

Stat of the day

During the course of his 373-ball 193, Pujara took his tally of balls faced in the series to 1258, meaning he claimed the record for visiting batsmen in a series of four Tests or less on Australian soil. Back in the 1928-29 Ashes, England legend Herbert Sutcliffe faced 1237 balls across 7 innings for his 355 runs. During India’s tour of Australia in 2003-4, Rahul Dravid faced 1203 deliveries while scoring 619 runs in eight innings for an average of 51.45, with one double-hundred and three fifties.

Shot of the day

Ravindra Jadeja whacking Pat Cummins over long-on for a six. It was a flat pitch and there was no help for the pacers unlike in Perth where Cummins put up a stunning show with the ball. However, the Sydney pitch was a batting paradise. Jadeja played an entertaining knock, hitting his 10th Test fifty. He took Cummins apart as he belted four fours in one of his over. But his six off the last delivery of 142nd over takes the cake – he cleared his front foot and launched the ball high over long-on boundary.

 

 

Miss of the day

There were two dropped catches during the day – one each from Australia and India. For the first one, the culprit was Usman Khawaja although, it was a tough chance at first slip and it didn’t cost his team much – Pujara was dropped on 192 but he didn’t capitalise adding one single before being dismissed. Khawaja was then beneficiary of a dropped catch himself when Pant dived to his left but put down a regulation catch. The Aussie opener was yet to open his account. He finished the day unbeaten on 5. Although it’s still to be seen how much of the drop will cost India, an early wicket would have made it a perfect day for the tourists.