Another Cheteshwar Pujara master-class gives India day 1 honours at SCG

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The Test has been dominated by India so far with Cheteshwar Pujara (193), Rishabh Pant (159 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (81) the stars of the show.

Aaron Finch retains his captaincy despite being dropped with Mitchell Marsh for the fourth test against India now ongoing at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

India lead 2-1 after victories in Adelaide and Melbourne and are fast closing in on an historic first-ever series win since they first toured Australia in 1947-48.

At stumps on day one, they were 303 for four with the rock-like No3 not out 130 and Hanuma Vihari on 39.

Cummins and Handscomb then put on 38 runs for the seventh wicket.

Well, bad light has stopped the play and it has started to rain as well. In the third over after the restart, he played on off Jadeja.

Australia barely managed to cross 150 in the 52nd over as India piled on the pressure.

The surface that India's batsmen had feasted on for two days was still offering little for the bowlers and the hosts will be cursing themselves for some soft dismissals after a 72-run opening stand. The pace of scoring did improve in the second hour with 41 runs taken, but India again struck twice to peg them back.

Australia v India: fourth Test, day one
Ishant Sharma , who was excellent in the previous Test , was excluded though there was no clarity on why that was. The other toss-up is between opener Aaron Finch and leg-spin all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne .

Travis Head, who looked set on 20 before throwing his wicket away, inexplicably chipped a full toss back to Kuldeep Yadav in the penultimate over of Saturday's second session.

At lunch on day three, they were 122 for one with the aggressive Harris leading from the front, supported by Marnus Labuschagne who was not out 18.

Starting from overnight 24 for no loss, Australia quickly got off the blocks in the morning session.

Yadav ended with 3-71 and Jadeja 2-62. Later, they crossed 100 in the 30th over.

Pujara's nearly chanceless innings - he was dropped in the slips on 192 - featured 22 fours and took his tally over the series to 521 runs at an average of 74.42. West Indies' Jeffery Dujon was the first player to bring up tons in Manchester and Perth in 1984.

Selectors have conducted a review after two years of poor performances in the 50-over arena and made sweeping changes for the three-game series against India starting in Sydney next weekend.

Chesteshwar Pujara's master-class of Australian conditions continued as he reached his highest score outside India and lifted the tourists into a dominant position of 389-5 at lunch on day two of the fourth and final test against Australia on Friday.

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