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Pant And Pujara Outclasses Australia In 4th Test, Declares At 622-7

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| January 4 , 2019 , 16:48 IST

The power-packed performance of Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant has guided India to a huge total of 622/7.

The dynamic duo dominated the whole Australian bowling line-up on the 2nd day of the Sydney test.

Pant became the first Indian wicket-keeper batsman to score a century against Australia in Australia.

The young wicketkeeper-batsman took 137 balls to bring up his career's second Test century at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). He scored a sparkling 159 not-out.

Centuries from Pujara and Pant helped India to take control on Day 2 of the fourth and final Test in Sydney on Friday.

Pujara missed his double ton by just seven runs, he played a knock of 193 runs.

The Indian team also registered their second highest team total on Australian soil, highest team total for India, 705/7 declared, at the same venue, in 2004.

At stumps, Australia were 24 without any loss with new opener Usman Khawaja (5) and Marcus Harris (19) successfully negotiating the tricky 10-over period for the home team

Allrounder Ravindra Jadeja also played a responsible knock and scored 10th Test 50, unleashing his trademark celebration of twirling his bat like a samurai sword.

Earlier, Hanuma Vihari added only three to his overnight 39 before he misjudged a sweep off Lyon and the ball feathered his glove, with Marnus Labuschagne taking the catch

Nathan Lyon (4-178 off 57.2 overs) was the highest wicket-taker for the home team in the first innings.

The 21-year-old left-hander, Rishabh Pant has just started his career and in only his ninth test has quickly passed his previous test highest of 114, made at The Oval against England last year.

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Pant also became the only Indian wicket-keeper who has two Test centuries outside Asia. Pant also became the second youngest Indian to score a ton on Australian soil.

Before Pant, former India wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer held the record of highest score by an Indian stumper on Australian soil when he scored 89 runs in Adelaide in 1967.