India vs Australia 4th Test Day 2 in Sydney, as it happened: Australia end on on 24/0 after India declare at 622/7

As it happened: Kuldeep on the money, he might be the difference tomorrow. Australia survive the tricky period, they are at 24 when the umpires draw the bails. Pant scored a belligerent hundred but then grassed a simple chance off Usman Khawaja. They will back tomorrow for the grind. (FULL COVERAGE AND SCORECARD) 

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India vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 2: Live score and updates(AP)
India vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 2: Live score and updates(AP)
Updated on Jan 04, 2019 12:36 PM IST
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12:21 hrs IST


Kuldeep on the money, he might be the difference tomorrow. Australia survive the tricky period, they are at 24 when the umpires draw the bails

12:12 hrs IST

Spin introduced

Jadeja and then Kuldeep. Both the spinners introduced, this promises to be fascinating. This pitch is not turning big, but it has assistance

11:54 hrs IST

Pant drops Khawaja

Healthy edge, Pant dives across, the ball hits his wrists and pops up. Lovely ball, but no reward. Test cricket is a great leveller

11:42 hrs IST

We are back

Out walk the Aussie openers. Shami with the new ball, he will start from around the wicket. Wow, this promises to be such an interesting passage of play. 3 slips in play

11:36 hrs IST

Kohli has declared

Jadeja comes down the track, tries to slog Lyon, he misses it and is castled. Kohli has seen enough, calls them in. Australia go off the field. Stunning innings by Pant who finishes unbeaten on 159. 622/7 declared on a pitch which looks good for batting.

11:28 hrs IST

150 for Pant

Short ball, slammed away. 150 up for the young man. This has been some innings. He has grown in stature, most certainly. These two have added 200 runs for the 7th wicket and it seems it will carry on for some time now

11:15 hrs IST

Jadeja explodes

Short ball, smacked away, full ball, belted away. Jadeja plunders 16 off Pat Cummins. India roar past 600, Australia looking all over the shop

11:05 hrs IST

Kohli is in his training kit

Weary Australian fielders and bowlers might not like this sight, but the Indian captain is in his training kit and looks like there is no declaration coming any time soon!

10:52 hrs IST

50 for Jadeja

A very assured innings by the all-rounder and out comes that sword. India are rubbing it in. Australia look hapless. WHo will blame them?

10:39 hrs IST

Accolades coming in

10:33 hrs IST

When will Kohli declare?

Pant has exploded, Jadeja is turning the strike over. India motoring along and Tim Paine is only waiting for the declaration to come. Aussies are buried right now

10:19 hrs IST

Pant gets his 2nd ton

Slog swept a full ball towards deep mid-wicket and he exults. Take a bow, Pant, 2nd Test century and he has looked very assured today

10:09 hrs IST

Pant’s record

10:03 hrs IST

Back after the break

Pant and Jadeja are out in the centre. Another session of crash, bang, wallop expected with declaration seeming to be imminent

9:43 hrs IST


Another session dominated by India, 101 runs in 29 overs, with the loss of Pujara’s wicket. Australia continue to toil, India continue to boss proceedings

9:37 hrs IST

It ain’t stopping

9:23 hrs IST

Opening the shoulders

Well, both the lefties are now looking to blast off. Taking on the bowlers and tonking them. This will be a fun session.

9:01 hrs IST

Pant looking for his strokes

After reaching his 50, the young man is looking to play more freely. It could be an entertaining session if his strokes come off. Jadeja is looking good at the other end

8:49 hrs IST

How will Jadeja respond?

It has been a watchful start by the all-rounder, but how will this inning shape up. India should look to go upwards 500 in this first innings.

8:37 hrs IST

50 for Pant

Assured, calm and very controlled. Good innings by Rishabh Pant, gets to his 3rd 50 in Test career. He can bat all day today.

8:27 hrs IST

Pujara dismissed

Lyon gets him, tossed up ball, Pujara came down looking to drive it away, the ball gripped and stopped and all he could do was offer a return catch to Nathan Lyon. End of a marathon. Take a bow, Pujara!

8:18 hrs IST

Lyon continues to wheel away

Pant has looked more in control in this innings. However, Nathan Lyon has consistently bowled in the right areas asking questions. So far, it has been a restrained approach by the young wicket-keeper batsman.

8:10 hrs IST

Khawaja drops a tough chance

Well, the ball was short, Pujara went for the cut, got the outside edge and the ball flew to Usman Khawaja at first slip who dived, but could not latch on to the catch. Tough chance, but a chance indeed

07:57 hrs IST

400 for India

Rishabh Pant goes for a big one and the ball drops just ahead of Pat Cummins in long-on. This was probably the first rash shot that the youngster played and he was lucky to survive. On the other end, Pujara is 16 runs away from his double hundred and he is taking any chances. India 400/5

07:50 hrs IST

More records for Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara has batted 1200-plus deliveries thus far in the four matches, the most for an Indian batsman against Australia in a Test series, ahead of Dravid’s 1203 balls faced in 2003-04. Read full story here.

07:42 hrs IST

Second session

Time for the lunch session and Nathan Lyon to start proceedings for the hosts. Cheteshwar Pujara continued to pile on the runs, taking India to 389 for 5 at lunch.

07:21 hrs IST

Pitch Report

A relentless Cheteshwar Pujara ground his way to 181 not out Friday as India turned the screws on Australia who are slowly seeing their hopes of saving the four-Test series evaporate.

At lunch on day two of the final Test in Sydney, India were 389 for five with the authoritative Pujara unmovable and Rishabh Pant on 27.

They added 86 runs to their overnight 303 for four with the loss of Hanuma Vihari, who was caught by Marnus Labuschagne off Nathan Lyon for 42.

07:10 hrs IST

Australia ODI Squad

Australia squad for ODI series against India -

Aaron Finch (c), 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

07:05 hrs IST

Lunch on Day 2

Cheteshwar Pujara remains unbeaten on 181 as India are 389/5 at lunch on Day 2. He was well supported by Rishabh Pant after the dismissal of Hanuma Vihari and Pujara will be looking to complete his double century in the second session!

06:59 hrs IST

Pant-Pujara partnership

50-run partnership between Pujara-Pant

· 1st instance of a 50-run partnership for this pair

· 2nd time in the last 3 innings has India put up a 50-run stand for the 6th wicket

06:53 hrs IST

Stat Attack: Pujara 500

Pujara now has scored 500 runs in this series, the first such instance for him in a series. Third Indian batsman to do so in Australia after Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli. India 378/5

06:46 hrs IST

Pujara’s record

Cheteshwar Pujara became the ninth Indian to score 150+ runs in an innings in Australia and also the second Indian batsman to score a 150 as a number 3 batsman in Australia (Dravid scored 233 at Adelaide, 2003). Read full story here.

06:37 hrs IST

The Pujara Show

06:29 hrs IST

Pant on song

Rishabh Pant has started the innings on a positive note with few good shots and he is probably the best partner Pujara could have asked for right now. Pant’s shot play has taken the pressure away from the more experienced batsman and he can concentrate on playing his natural game. India 363/5

06:18 hrs IST

No Reviews Left

Australia have used up their second review as Tim Paine was convinced that Rishabh Pant has nicked one back to his gloves. However, the DRS did not show any sign of an edge and Australia have no reviews left. India 346/5

06:10 hrs IST

Stat Attack: Hanuma Vihari

Vihari dismissed for 42 (96)

· This is his 2nd highest score in an innings in Tests for Vihari.

· 1st time Nathan Lyon has dismissed Vihari, 2nd time to an off spinner (Moeen Ali dismissed him once in England)

· All 7 dismissals for Vihari in his career have been out caught

06:04 hrs IST

Stat Attack: Cheteshwar Pujara

Pujara scores 150

· His 7th score of 150+ in Tests, third away from home, 1st in Australia

· Pujara is the 9th Indian to score 150+ runs in an innings in Australia

· Pujara becomes only the second Indian to score a 150 as a number 3 batsman in Australia (Dravid scored 233 at Adelaide, 2003)

· This is also Pujara’s 3rd highest score in an innings away from home

05:57 hrs IST

Vihari out

Finally a breakthrough for Australia as Nathan Lyon dismisses Hanuma Vihari for 42, India 329 for the loss of 5 wickets. It was a faint edge off the bat and Labuschagne made no mistake in completing the catch. India 329/5

05:52 hrs IST

Pujara 150

Cheteshwar Pujara drives Nathan Lyon for a boundary and that also brings up his 150. It has been an impressive show from the batsman and he became the fifth Indian batsman ever to score a 150+ in Sydney. India 328/4

05:46 hrs IST

Double Bowling Change

Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc are introduced into the attack one after the other. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were not much effective in the first 45 minutes and the onus will now be on these two to provide the crucial breakthrough for Australia. India 323/4

05:38 hrs IST

Virat Kohli turns bowler

05:30 hrs IST

Pujara on a roll

Cheteshwar Pujara has been by far the best batsman from either side across the series and his ton followed a stellar 123 in the first Test in Adelaide and 106 in the third Test at Melbourne. India 314/4

05:17 hrs IST

Pujara The Wall

New day. Same Pujara. The India batsman has been quite consistent with his defensive play and he has started Day 2 in the same manner. With Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood bowling good length deliveries, Pujara is looking quite comfortable out in the middle. India 308/4

05:08 hrs IST

Pitch Report

05:00 hrs IST

Start of play

Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari are out in the middle for India while Josh Hazlewood will be bowling the first over of the day for Australia. India are well placed in this game and they will be looking to post a big total.

04:57 hrs IST

Agarwal on Pujara

Pujara was unbeaten on 130 runs at stumps, having faced 250 balls, the fourth time he has played 200-plus deliveries in an innings on this tour. Agarwal talked about learning from his batting style and showered heady praise on the senior batsman who scored his third hundred of the series on Thursday.

“Definitely, it is great to watch him bat from the other end and also to watch him bat the way he grinds the bowlers. He has got a pattern to it and he understands his strengths and know that he is very tight with his defence. He looks to do that and waits for the bad ball to come.

“This game is for five days and there is time. It is a very long game and if you see him bat, you can learn a lot. Patience is his strength and he sticks to that,” he said.

04:51 hrs IST

Phenomenal Pujara

Most runs on Day 1 of a Test by an Indian in Australia:

195 V Sehwag, MCG, 2003

144 M Vijay, Gabba, 2014

132 S Gavaskar, SCG, 1986

130 C Pujara, SCG, 2019 *

124 S Tendulkar, Adelaide, 2008

123 C Pujara, Adelaide, 2018

04:43 hrs IST

India’s Record

India have never lost a test match when Kohli has won the toss -- winning 18 and drawing three -- but more importantly the tourists had the opportunity to bat the Australians out of the game as they did in Melbourne.

04:35 hrs IST

Australia Bowlers

For Australia, Hazelwood emerged as the highest wickets taker on the day with two wickets in his kitty while Starc and Lyon contributed with one wicket each on Day One of the match.

04:23 hrs IST

Agarwal Disappointed

“I am quite disappointed for missing out on a big score. With that said, it’s a learning curve. If I don’t make this mistake again, it will be a good learning. I was looking to dominate Nathan Lyon and it didn’t work out. Really disappointed that I threw my wicket,” Mayank Agarwal said on Thursday.

04:13 hrs IST

India eye history

The visitors lead the series 2-1 after winning the opening clash in Adelaide and the third one in Melbourne. Australia claimed victory in Perth. If India, the world’s top-ranked nation, win or draw in Sydney they will clinch a first-ever series in Australia since they began touring Down Under in 1947-48.

04:00 hrs IST

Kohli booed in Sydney

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has slammed sections of the SCG crowd for booing India skipper Virat Kohli when he walked out to bat on the opening day of the fourth Test here Thursday. Kohli was given a mixed reception when he came to bat after the fall of opener Mayank Agarwal with the Indians fans chanting his name, while some of Australia’s fans booing the star batsman. “If it was booing then it’s absolutely disgraceful,” Ponting said on Channel 7.

03:52 hrs IST

Pujara reigns supreme

At stumps, Pujara (130) and Hanuma Vihari (39) were holding fort for the visiting side, which is in pursuit of a maiden Test series triumph on Australian soil. Virat Kohli’s men have already secured the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with their unassailable lead.

03:43 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

Welcome to the live coverage of Day 2 of the fourth Test match between India and Australia. Day 1 belonged completely to India as Cheteshwar Pujara contributed an unbeaten 130 to India’s 303 for four. The hosts, facing a desperate scrap to avoid being the first Australia team to lose a series to India on home soil, managed to dislodge Mayank Agarwal after a bright 77, Virat Kohli for 23 and Ajinkya Rahane for 18. But Pujara took his series tally to 458 and add another century to those that helped India to wins in Adelaide and Melbourne.

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