Sports Desk (January 04, 2019): India declared at a massive 622 for seven in their first innings of the fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney Friday after centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant.
Pujara made 163 and Pant was not out 159 when skipper Virat Kohli made his call in the final overs of the day after Ravindra Jadeja was out for 81.
India began day two at 303 for four and proceeded to twist the knife against a demoralised home team that toiled in hot conditions with little joy.
The methodical Pujara made a masterful 193 off 393 balls while Pant stroked his highest Test score in an entertaining 159 not out.Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with a lively 81 in a 204-run stand with Pant — a record seventh wicket partnership at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Skipper Virat Kohli finally declared at 622 for seven when Jadeja was out, with the tireless Nathan Lyon taking 4-178 off 57.2 gruelling overs.
It left new-look Australian openers Marcus Harris (19) and Usman Khawaja (five) to negotiate 10 tricky overs before stumps after a torturous day in the field. They ended at 24 without loss.
The visitors lead the series 2-1 after winning the opening clash in Adelaide and the third in Melbourne. Australia claimed victory in Perth.Calm and collected number three Pujara started the day 130 not out and picked up where he left off.
He drove his second ball through the covers for three before once again dropping anchor, blocking and targeting only loose balls.
The visitors lead 2-1 and only need a draw to clinch their first-ever series win in Australia since they began touring here in 1947-48.