India has put their noses in front in the ongoing fourth and final Test match against Australia. The visitors have set up a gargantuan total of 622 runs in their first innings. Cheteshwar Pujara scored a valiant 193 whereas Rishabh Pant smashed a dashing unbeaten 159 to put India into a commanding position. In fact, it could have been a perfect day for India had Rishabh Pant held on to his catch when Usman Khawaja was yet to get off the mark.
Ravindra Jadeja also scored a fine knock 81 runs to add salt to the injury of the Australian team. Jadeja and Pant added a mammoth partnership of 204 runs to push Australia behind the eighth-ball. Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara continued from where he left on the second day morning.
India is in the dominating position.
However, Pujara was unfortunate to miss out on the well deserved double hundred when he got out via a soft dismissal. The right-hander shimmied down the track to give a simple catch to Nathan Lyon.
On the other hand, Rishabh Pant created a plethora of records in his unbeaten knock of 159 runs. Pant became the first Asian batsman to score a Test hundred on the Australian soil.
Furthermore, this is the highest individual score for an Asian wicketkeeper while playing outside the subcontinent. Moreover, Pant became the youngest gloveman to score a 150 in Test cricket.
Thus, it was a dominating batting display from the tourists and they have a vice grip on the series. The visitors are currently leading by 2-1 in the ongoing series.
However, Australia has their backs against the wall and it would take them a miracle to bounce back in the series. The hosts would have to bat out of their skin to stay alive in the series.
Brief Scores: India: 622-7 declare, Cheteshwar Pujara 193, Rishabh Pant 159, Nathan Lyon: 4-178.
Australia: 10-0. Australia trails by 611 runs.