Ruthless India and Pujara grind Australia down in Sydney
Virat Kohli’s tourists on the brink of completing first ever series win in Australia
India’s Cheteshwar Pujara leaves the field at the SCG after being dismissed for a mammoth 193. Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty
Australia 24-0 trail India 622-7d by 598 runs
India moved closer to a first Test series victory in Australia after compiling a huge 622 for seven declared in their first innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Opener Mayank Agarwal set the tone by scoring 77 before falling to Nathan Lyon, but the real damage was done by the middle order.
Pujara eventually went for 193 after facing 373 balls, a total including 22 fours, before being caught and bowled by Lyon.
Pant continued the momentum by blasting 159 off 189 balls — his best Test score - and was ably supported by 81 from all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
With the fall of Jadeja — who hit Pat Cummins for four fours in one over — India declared to leave Australia with 10 overs to face before the close of play.