David Warner’s blistering century and Chris Rogers’ doughty batting gave Australia a solid 200-run partnership in Sydney.
Warner fell after scoring 101 off 114 balls. Rogers fell after scoring 95.
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Ravichandran Ashwin claimed Warner, getting him caught by Murali Vijay. Mohammed Shami bowled Rogers.
The two quick wickets came as a respite for the tourists.
Indian bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Shami and Ashwin were hammered all over the ground in the 28 overs bowled in the first session of the match.
Having already lost the series 0-2, India went in to the final Test making four changes to the squad. Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in to replace retired Mahendra Singh Dhoni, opener Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and pace bowler Ishant Sharma.
The changes bore no fruit as the Australian openers came out to bat with an attacking mindset. Warner paid a touching tribute to Phil Hughes when he reached 63. This was Hughes' score when he was fatally hit by a ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25 last year.
Warner kissed the pitch when he reached 63 and looked skywards.
The Aussie openers dominated India after skipper Steven Smith won the toss and chose to bat. The only real chance India had was when Rogers edged a seaming Shami delivery, which first went into Lokesh Rahul's hands at second slip and popped out. It was the eighth over with the score reading 46. Rogers was on 19.
India pegged back Australia after claiming Warner and Rogers. Skipper Smith and Shane Watson took the hosts to 242/2 at Tea.