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Pujara destroys Australia on way to his third century in the series

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TODAY’S LINE-UP from 9:30am AEDT, 9:00am AEST: Bruce Eva, Tim Lane, Mat Thompson, Glenn McGrath, Ian Chappell, Mike Hussey, Darren Lehmann, John Emburey.

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STUMPS – PUJARA UNSTOPPABLE AT THE SCG

It was Cheteshwar Pujara’s day at the SCG with the Indian superstar ending the day 130 not out, it was a flawless day for Pujara who gave no chances to the Australian bowlers and saw the afternoon out to get India to 4/303 at the end of the day.

Australia toiled away for the whole day, but only managed 4 wickets, Josh Hazlewood picked up KL Rahul in the first over, then Virat Kohli first over after tea, but Pujara stood strong and was hitting the Aussie bowlers to all parts of the ground.

Kohli was dismissed for 23 and Mayank Agarawal looked good on his way to 77, before throwing it away trying to hit Nathan Lyon for another 6.

Ajinkya Rahane copped a beauty from Mitch Starc and he fell for 18 and things looked alright for Australia, before Vihari (36*) joined Pujara and began to join the fun hitting a four to get off the mark.

A tough day for Australia who have a mountain to climb if they are to win this test match.


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PUJARA HAVING TON’S OF FUN

Cheteshwar Pujara is scoring a lot of runs at the moment, with the “wall” scoring over 400 runs this series and his third century of the series.


Click PLAY to hear how it all unfolded

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KING KOHLI GONE AFTER TEA! 

Virat Kohli has departed the SCG shortly after the Tea break after Josh Hazlewood was able to remove the Indian captain for 23, caught behind down the leg side.

It was a much needed breakthrough for the Australians who have toiled away without luck all day.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli were set and looked like putting together a huge score before Hazlewood struck first over after tea.

Click PLAY to hear Bruce Eva’s call of the Kohli wicket 

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TEA BREAK – INDIA PULLING AHEAD 

India are cruising along in Sydney with Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli crushing the Australian bowlers. Nathan Lyon managed one wicket in the second session, but no one else was able to breakthrough for the home side.

India go in at 2-177 with Pujara passing 50 once again making him the highest run scorer in this series. He remains 64 not out and Kohli 23 not out as India look to take a stranglehold on proceedings in Sydney.

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LUNCH! INDIA STAND TALL AFTER SHORT PITCH BARRAGE

Australia could manage only one wicket in the first session at the SCG with Josh Hazlewood with the sole breakthrough of KL Rahul for 9 in the second over of the day.

The home side continued to pepper Mayank Agarwal who looked uncertain against the short pitched bowling. Agarwal stood strong and has ground his way to 43 not out at the lunch break.

The pitch seems to be playing well with not much swing late in the piece.

Chetshwar Pujara remains not out with Agarwal and “the wall” has looked untroubled thus far and sits at 16 not out.


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KL Rahul falls early! 

Josh Hazlewood has the early breakthrough for Australia with KL Rahul not looking comfortable in his knock of 9. Rahul edged through slips for 4 in the first over and was unable to hit the middle of the bat before Hazlewood got the edge to Shaun Marsh at first slip.

Click PLAY to hear KL Rahul’s wicket in Sydney 

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TOSS 

India have won the toss in Sydney and will BAT first. India have two changes with Rohit Sharma going out, replaced by KL Rahul at the top of the order. Kuldeep Yadav comes in for Ishant Sharma.

Australia, as expected have dropped Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh with Marnus Labushagne and Peter Handscomb will come in to the side. Marnus will also bat at three.

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MARNUS TO BAT AT THREE 


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We head to Sydney for the final test match of the series and it is the Pink test with India set to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar trophy after an emphatic win at the MCG. India will be chasing history at the SCG though with the sub continental nation never winning a series on Australian soil.

Australia will do everything in their power to draw this series and take a small win away from the series that has been riddled by selection criticism and batting issues throughout. Aaron Finch has been axed after not producing at the top of the order and Marnus Labushagne will replace him and looks set to bat at three and provide another spin option on the turning Sydney pitch. Peter Handscomb looks to have earned a recall too for the much maligned Mitch Marsh.

India are likely to play two and maybe three spinners at the SCG as the Australian’s struggled to handle the spin from Ravi Jadeja and it looks like wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav will get his first start this series.

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