India has batted brilliantly and declared their innings by putting 622 runs on the board. India batted almost till the end of the 2nd Day of the fourth Test between India and Australia, recording two 150s and two half-centuries in an inning by Cheteshwar Pujara (193), Rishabh Pant (159*), Ravindra Jadeja (81) and Mayank Agarwal (77).
The solid start from the opener Mayank Agarwal (77) boosts up the Indian panel as he scored 110 runs partnership with magnificent Cheteshwar Pujara. The in-form batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is proving to be a nightmare for Australian bowlers as he scored 193 runs before getting caught and bowled by Nathan Lyon. This was his 3rd century in the current Test series.
Pujara who faced 373 balls in the last innings is now on the 3rd spot for most balls faced in an away Test series of 4 or lesser Test matches.
Most balls faced in an away Test series (max. 4 Tests):
1336 Dravid in Eng, 2002
1285 Cook in Ind, 2012-13
1258 PUJARA in Aus, 2018-19
1237 Sutcliffe in Aus, 1928-29
Rishabh Pant who stood tall on the pitch till the declaration of India’s first innings, became the first Indian keeper to score a Test ton in Australia. He also topped the list of highest scores by Asian wicket-keepers outside sub-continent by scoring 159 runs.
Highest scores by Asian WKs outside sub-continent:
159*R PANT, SCG, 2019
159 Mushfiqur Rahim, Wellington, 2017
137 Moin Khan, Hamilton, 2003
126 D Chandimal, Chester-le-Street, 2016
Rishabh Pant was accompanied by Ravindra Jadeja (81) for adding 204 runs partnership for the 7th wicket for India, which is the highest run partnership for India against Australia. Earlier it was 199 by CA Pujara and WP Saha at Ranchi in 2017.
By the time of stumps:
India: 622/7d, (Rishabh Pant- 159*, Cheteshwar Pujara- 193* Jadega- 81, Lyon-3 wickets)
Australia: 24/0, 10 overs (Marcus Harris- 19, Usman Khawaja- 5)