Cheteshwar Pujara hits another ton as India make impressive start in Sydney

India tour of Australia 2018

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Cheteshwar Pujara missed out on his fourth Test double as he was dismissed by Nathan Lyon on 193 during the second day of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday. He has got a really good game sense as well.

Vihari added three to his overnight score of 39, before edging a sweep shot off Lyon onto his upper-arm and was caught by Marnus Labuschagne at bat-pad for 42. The next best effort is from Farokh Engineer who scored 89 back in 1967 at the Adelaide Oval.

Before being dismissed, Pujara's incredible knock had put India in a strong position and helped them cross a 400-plus score in their first innings in the fourth Test against Australia.

Josh Hazlewood (2-65) was the pick of Australia's bowlers with two wickets, including the prized wicket of India captain Virat Kohli for 23 and opener Lokesh Rahul for nine.

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The partnership between the two had accumulated 204 runs in the meantime with Rishabh Pant unbeaten on 159 runs.

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"Obviously when you bowl for two days the body gets exhausted, but their body language was really good, they were pushing themselves and trying their level best".

At the other end, Pujara batted solidly as ever and reached his 150 off 282 balls. Instead, he lobbed the ball back into the spinner's hands.

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"A great lesson to all batsmen in the series and tests in general", he said.

Pant produced the first Test century by an Indian keeper in Australia, while the 21-year-old became the youngest keeper to hit a Test hundred in Australia.

Pujara, though, was proving harder to dislodge and the 30-year moved to his 18th Test ton when he clipped Starc to the fine leg boundary for his 13th four.

He was ably supported by allrounder Jadeja who raced to a 10th Test 50, unleashing his trademark celebration of twirling his bat like a samurai sword.

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Jadeja was finally undone by a tired Lyon who could barely muster a celebration as he knocked the stumps over and Kohli called it a day.

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