Twitter reacts as centurions Pujara and Pant take India past 550
What's the story?
Just like the first three matches, Cheteshwar Pujara once again piled on runs on day 2 of the fourth Test but fell seven short of a double hundred. Adding salt to Australia's Pujara-induced pain was Rishabh Pant with his magnificent stroke play. The young lad, who faltered to reach a fifty in the first three matches, went onto score a useful century.
After Pujara's dismissal, the Delhi lad went on to build a crucial partnership with Ravindra Jadeja. The 21-year old was cautious through most of his innings but did not hold back himself from taking chances once in a while. By reaching the triple-digit mark in 137 balls, Pant became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a century in Australia.
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By winning the Melbourne Test, India have ensured that they retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy and all they need is a draw in the final Test at the SCG. On a pitch which is expected to be conducive to batting for the first three days, India was lucky to have won the toss.
On day 1, India did not get the anticipated start as KL Rahul, once again, failed to make an impact but a century partnership between Mayank Agarwal and Pujara steadied the Indian innings.
Heart of the matter
After Agarwal got out for 77, Pujara kept on building partnerships with the batsmen up next. The Saurashtra batsman added 54, 48, 101, and 89 runs with Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, and Rishabh Pant for the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth wickets respectively.
While Pujara was the architect of the Indian innings, Pant gave India the final flourish. The youngster upped the ante after the dismissal of Pujara. For the seventh wicket, Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant built a century partnership off just 133 balls. The partnership took India a step closer to their first Test series win in Australia.