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India post 7(dec)-622, Aussies 0-24 at SCG

India have declared at 7-622 late on day two of the fourth Test at the SCG, with Australia finishing 0-24 in response at stumps.

India post 7(dec)-622, Aussies 0-24 at SCG

India have declared at 7-622 late on day two of the fourth Test at the SCG, with Australia finishing 0-24 in response at stumps.

CHETESHWAR PUJARA of India bats during the Fourth Test match in the series between Australia and India at SCG in Sydney, Australia.
CHETESHWAR PUJARA of India bats during the Fourth Test match in the series between Australia and India at SCG in Sydney, Australia. Picture:Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Tim Paine declared Australia won't go down without a fight at the SCG, whereas India simply declared at 7-622 on day two of the fourth Test after career highlights from Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant.

Australia survived a 10-over burst to reach 0-24 at stumps, thanks partly to a dropped catch from Pant that handed Usman Khawaja a life on zero, but their hopes of avoiding a maiden home series loss to India are in tatters.


The hosts' misfiring attack continued to toil on Friday for scant reward, picking up a wicket in each session, as Pujara extended his most-productive series with a patient 193.

Pujara's highest score outside India was followed by the biggest of Pant's career, 159 not out, and Ravindra Jadeja's knock of 81.

Pant and Jadeja put on 204 runs, a record for the seventh wicket in Australia, before the latter's dismissal prompted Virat Kohli to show some mercy.

"We'll fight as hard as we can for the next three days," Paine promised.

"We have to stick together.

"You have days in Tests that don't go your way and are difficult. The easy thing to do is to throw in the towel but we won't be doing that."

Nathan Lyon, who finished with figures of 4-178, didn't even celebrate after bowling Jadeja during his 58th over.

Paine was in good spirits despite a taxing 167.2 overs in the field, defending his bowlers and answering a journalist's phone that rang during the media conference.

"I expected to have extremely tough days (as captain) - had them last year when I wasn't captain; had them for 15 years of first-class cricket," he said.

"We haven't been at our best in the last two Tests but cricket's a funny game. It can turn really quickly."

A demoralised Paine took the third new ball after tea but couldn't avoid the ignominy of the opposition reaching 600, with India's fourth-highest Test total outside Asia leaving them perfectly placed to end a barren streak in Australia that dates back to 1948.

Pant strolled to three figures off 137 balls, smacking a full delivery from Marnus Labuschagne to the rope, needing only 48 more balls to pass 150.

Paine lamented a caught-behind appeal he reviewed when Pant was on eight.

"Rishabh, I'm pretty sure nicked one and it might have been 6-330 and it's a different ball game," he said.

"Pujara was again superb ... set the scene for Pant to show his skill."

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.

Khawaja arrived at the venue on Friday morning with high hopes of Australia's quicks running through India, who resumed at 4-303.

Instead, he found himself rolling his arm over in the final session as Paine struggled to come up with fresh ideas on a placid pitch.

"The team plan was to bat on for as long as possible ... we did well," Pant said.

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