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12:21 pm: Stumps! Australia finish the day on 24/0 in replay to India’s 622/7. They trail by 598 runs. Must have been waiting for the day to end eagerly as they had to toil hard for a second day in a row. India have dominated the proceedings and had Pant taken a catch to dismiss Khawaja, it would have been a perfect end. But still a lot of time left in the Test. Australia have to put up their best foot forward.

11:53 am: DROPPED! Usman Khawaja dropped on 0 by Rishabh Pant off Mohammed Shami. it was a regulation catch.  Australia 11/0, trail by 611

11:40 am: Indian team with their customary huddle. Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja are the two Aussie openers. Mohammed Shami with the new ball.

11:33 am: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja has been bowled by Nathan Lyon for his fourth victim. And there comes the signal from captain Virat Kohli. India declare at 622/7. Jadeja out after hitting 81. Rishabh Pant remains unbeaten on 159.

11:28 am: 150 up for Rishabh Pant. This is the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper in away Tests.  He is now toying with the Australian pacers, as he belts three fours in an over of Hazlewood.

11:12 am:  Ravindra Jadeja has shifted the gears as he belts four fours in an over of Pat Cummins to take India past the 600-run mark. India 602/6 in 164 overs

11:06 am: The highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper outside India is 148 by MS Dhoni. Rishabh Pant is currently batting on 140. Judging by how things have gone so far, he should overtake the former Test captain.

This has been one-sided affair


10:50 am: Ravindra Jadeja has completed his 10th Test half-century. And he celebrates it in his own inimitable style. Out comes his bat and puts on his sword celebration.

10:41 am: Still no sign of declaration as India bat on. Rishabh Pant 122*, Ravindra Jadeja 46*; India 546/6

10:28 am: Pant and Jadeja have built a century stand for the seventh wicket – the third such partnership for India during the innings. India 528/6

10:16 am: HUNDRED for Rishabh Pant! His second in Test cricket as he becomes the first Indian wicketkeeper to hit a Test century in Australia.

 

10:13 am: So Rishabh Pant has overtaken Kohli’s tally of 282 runs in the series. He’s now the second highest run-getter behind Cheteshwar Pujara now. India’s total has gone past 500 runs as well.

10:04 am: The play resumes. Pant and Jadeja are the two unbeaten batsmen. Lyon to start the proceedings of the final session.

9:43 am: So the tea-break has arrived. Australia’s toil continues with Rishabh Pant punishing them with quick 88 off 128. Alongside him is Ravindra Jadeja on 25 off 27. India 491/6 in 146 overs.

9:27 am: 50-run partnership between Pant and Jadeja for the seventh wicket.

9:12  am: Pat Cummins drops one short and Ravindra Jadeja cuts it over the backward point region to take India padt the 450-run mark.

9:08 am: Rishabh Pant charges forward and lifts one from Nathan Lyon over mid-off for his fifth four. India 448/6

8:56 am: Rishabh Pant is taking more risks now. Seems like it was Pujara’s influence that had kept him from playing rash strokes. Since his dismissal, he has become more adventurous.

8:42 am: So after Pujara’s epic, Rishabh Pant has completed his third half-century in Tests. India 429/6 in 133 overs. He has been joined by Ravidndra Jadeja.

8:27 am: WICKET! That’s a rather tame dismissal to such a phenomenal innings. Cheteshwar Pujar charges forward and ends up hitting one straight into the hands of bowler Nathan Lyon. He scored 193 off 373. SCG applauds. India 418/6

8:08 am: Pujara dropped at first slip by Khawaja. With eight runs away from completing his double-century, Pujara decides for a late cut and the ball flies to the right of Khawaja but he only managed to palm it.

7:59 am: 400 up for India. And it looks they won’t stop anytime soon. Cheteshwar Pujara have moved to 185 off 346

7:41 am: We’re back.  Nathan Lyon to resume. On strike is Rishabh Pant

Australia name 14-man squad for India ODI series starting January 12

Full Squad: Aaron Finch (captain), 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

7:01 am: LUNCH! 81 runs in 27 overs for the loss of one wicket for India. The session was dominated by India with Cheteshwar Pujara moving to 181 not out and is batting alongside Rishabh Pant on 27. India 389/5 in 117 overs

6:45 am: So far, it’s been India’s session despite losing Hanuma Vihari. Cheteshwar Pujara has been at the forefront of it, batting like only he can. He has now 500+ runs in the series. The next best? Well, so far Virat Kohli with 282! He has moved to 173 off 322. India 373/5

6:27 am: Cheteshwar Pujara has now faced 300 deliveries during his marathon innings or in other words has batted 50 overs himself. #MarathonMan

6:15 am: Appeal for a caught behind from Tim Paine. Nathan Lyon isn’t interested but Paine takes the review. Nothing on Hot Spot and Snicko doesn’t pick up anything either. Not out decision stays. Rishabh Pant unbeaten on 8.

Pujara loves batting against Australia

 

6:01 am: Cheteshwar Pujara goes past 153 and is batting on 155 now which is his highest score in overseas Tests. His previous best in away Tests was 153 – in Johannesburg and Galle.

5:56 am: OUT! And Nathan Lyon gets the much-awaited breakthrough for Australia. Vihari goes for the sweep only to be caught by Marnus Labuschagne at forward short leg. Given out. He reviews. Snicko picks up something when the ball crossed the bat. The ball lobs to FSL after lobbing off his biceps. On-field decision is upheld. Vihari added just three runs in almost an hour today to depart for 42. India 329/5

5:52 am: Cheteshwar Pujara comes down the track and expertly drives Nathan Lyon through covers for his 18th four which takes him to 151 runs. Pujara continues to bat well.

5:49 am: Double change from Paine – Mitchell Starc into the attack as well. Bowls short and Pujara pounces on it with a cut over point for the first four of the morning. Five runs from the over. India 324/4

5:43 am: Spin returns in Nathan Lyon. He has bowled 30 overs for 88 runs and one wicket. His day starts with a maiden over. India 319/4 in 100 overs

5:34 am: India don’t seem to be in a hurry today. They are happy to play out dot balls as two more maiden overs tell us. The brief seems to be: take your time, tire them out and when you can, score. Unless Australia find ways to dislodge these two, they should be prepared for another day of toil. India 315/4

5:22 am: So after two straight maiden overs, some runs for Pujara and Vihari off Hazlewood – two gorgeous drives from the India duo. Six from the over take India to 314/4

5:08 am: Hazlewood and Pat Cummins start the day for Australia as they search for early wickets. Pujara looks to be quite comfortable as a drive through covers for a triple off Hazlewood showed. Mitchell Starc hasn’t be summoned early with Tim Paine placing his hopes on Cummins. Five runs from the first two overs. India 308/4

5:00 am: Josh Hazlewood to start the proceedings. On strike is Cheteshwar Pujara

I mean really interesting!

It’s going to be an interesting day 

 

Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from Day 2 of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia from the Sydney Cricket Ground.

India vs Australia, 4th Test: FULL SCORECARD

India dominated the opening day with Cheteshwar Pujara, who brought up his third century of the series, writing his name on all three sessions. Coming in to bat after KL Rahul’s torrid form with the bat continued, Pujara, as usual, took his time to settle down, but once he got used to the pace and bounce of the wicket, he upped the scoring rate. After the dismissal of Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari (39 not out) and Pujara steadied the ship with the duo unbeaten on a 75-run partnership for the fifth wicket when stumps were drawn.

India will want the duo to capitalise on their strong start and lay the foundation for a huge first innings total.

Day 1 coverage:

Match report: 4th Test: Unflappable Cheteshwar Pujara carries India to 303/4

Kaushik: Not quite the fairytale KL Rahul would have hoped for

Narula: Pujara bats and bats, and then bats some more, to give India advantage

Quotes: Rahul Dravid’s advice has helped me climb up the ladder: Mayank Agarwal

Social buzz: A daddy hundred: Cheteshwar Pujara’s third century of the series draws huge praise on Twitter

News: Show some respect to Virat Kohli: Ricky Ponting to Australian fans