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Ind Vs Aus 4th Test: Pujara's Century And Mayank's Half Century Leads India To A Strong Total

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| January 3 , 2019 , 13:21 IST

India after winning the toss opted to bat first, some brilliant performance from debutant Mayank Agarwal and no.3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara helped India to reach a dominating score 303/4 at stumps on the opening day of the 4thTest at Sydney on Thursday.

This is Pujara’s third century in this series. He has earlier scored a ton in the first Test in Adelaide and then reached the landmark in the 3rd Test at MCG.

Till the end of the day's play, Cheteshwar Pujara was not out on 130 while Hanuman Vihari was on 39* at the other end. Both the batsmen showed up excellent skills and added on an unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 75 runs after a brilliant half-century(77) from Mayank Agarwal.

Pujara came on to bat after KL Rahul was dismissed in the 2nd over and stuck around in the middle despite the wickets falling on the other end. In his innings, the 30-year-old showed unexpected attacking prowess, as he struck the bowlers for boundaries all over the park. In his innings, the batsman struck 15 boundaries.

After Rahul’s dismissal, Pujara stuck around with Mayank Agarwal to stitch a 116-run partnership. He then built another partnership with skipper Virat Kohli for 54 runs. After Kohli’s dismissal, Pujara stuck around with Rahane as the duo added 48 runs.

Pujara continued to flourish in his trademark fashion and eventually reached his 18th test ton. Vihari kept the scorers busy by stealing the odd singles and converting some of those into a couple.

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Some early wickets of KL Rahul and the skipper Virat Kohli had put the Indian team under pressure but Pujara absorbed the whole pressure and became the lone survivor.

Rahane was looking in good touch but a quick delivery of Starc sent him to the pavilion.

Pujara has now became the leading run-scorer in the series.He has scored 441 runs, including 3 centuries.