Rishabh Pant Gets His Own Chant from Bharat Army in Sydney

Hope Soto
January 5, 2019

India cemented their position in the fourth and final Test in Sydney on Friday by crossing 600 runs for the loss of 7 wickets, inching closer to their maiden Test series victory on the Australian soil since Independence.

Australian one-day squad: 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. India dominated the proceedings today courtesy of Rishabh Pant's unbeaten 159 and Jadeja's 81.

The day belonged to India as it enjoyed nearly complete control against a exhausted looking Australia bowling attack with Pujara leading the way with his highest score outside India from 373 balls with 22 boundaries, giving the standout performer of the series 521 runs at an average of 74.4 in over 30 hours at the crease.

Earlier, Pujara had also become the ninth Indian batsman to score 150 runs in an innings Down Under and only the second from the country to bring up a 150-run knock at number third spot in Australia.

"He's extremely disciplined, extremely tough and hard to get out, and I thought that sort of set the scene for Rishabh Pant to come out and show his skill". "I thought they drove it into us pretty well".

We'll see you guys on Day 3 and until then, ciao!

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Khawaja arrived at the venue on Friday morning with high hopes of Australia's quicks running through the middle order and tail of India, who resumed at 4-303.

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.

"Everyone in the team has given me the freedom to express myself so every time I bat, I just enjoy myself, that's the thing I love to do".

Pujara put together partnerships of 116 with Agarwal, 54 with Kohli, 48 with Rahane and finished the day with an unbroken stand of 75 with Hanuma Vihari (39 not out).

The back and forth between Paine and India wicketkeeper Pant during the third Test at Melbourne had left many fans and commentators in splits. Whichever team has won the toss in the series has batted first and gone on to win the match.

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