Unless Australia win, India will claim a first-ever series victory Down Under since they began touring here in 1947-48. "All three have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia". The hosts are still trailing by 598 runs after India declared on a massive score [VIDEO] of 622/7 in their first innings. The partnership between the two is now worth 38 as Australia trail by 386 runs.
Pant showed a lot of maturity in his batting as he was keen on taking the singles and giving the strike back to Pujara as long as he was at the wicket.
Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav shared five wickets between them and were at their persistent best across the two and something sessions that were bowled before bad light set in. A hapless Australian attack took the new ball but the runs came scuttling along.
Jadeja was soon twirling his bat in his trademark celebration of a half century, his 10th in tests, and for while it looked like Pant would overhaul Pujara with a maiden double century.
Cheteshwar Pujara's third hundred of the series was the cornerstone of India's innings on the opening day of the final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Pant previously scored a 114 against England at the Oval in September 2018, which also makes him the only wicket-keeper to have two Test centuries outside Asia. Besides, with the glove, Pant was involved in the dismissal of 20 Australian batsmen which again was a record by an Indian wicket-keeper.
NASA spacecraft survives risky encounter with faraway world
Engineers had to wait in nervous anticipation for hours as the signals travelled back to Earth following the flyby at 12:33 a.m. Based on observations of similar-sized solar system objects, Ultima Thule will nearly certainly display impact craters.
Bumrah and Mohammed Shami generated some reverse-swing late in Saturday's morning session but Harris and Labuschagne extended their unbeaten stand to 50 runs.
But for some unusual reasons, the Australian captain deployed defensive tactics and thereby played into the hands of the Indian batsmen.
Addressing officials, the teams and their families, Kohli said the event was an honour to attend and commended his side's achievement of winning the series in Australia.
Mayank Agarwal contributed 77 at the top of the order, putting on 116 for the second wicket alongside Pujara, as India closed in an authoritative position of 303 for four.