Aussies 6-236 in SCG Test after collapse

Aussies 6-236 in SCG Test after collapse

Aussies 6-236 in SCG Test after collapse

Meanwhile, Australia now trails by 459 runs. The hosts are still trailing by 598 runs after India declared on a massive score [VIDEO] of 622/7 in their first innings.

For India, Chateshwar Pujara moved from 130 to 193 on the second day and was unlucky to miss out on a double hundred.

The partnership between the two had accumulated 204 runs in the meantime with Rishabh Pant unbeaten on 159 runs.

"Obviously when you bowl for two days the body gets exhausted, but their body language was really good, they were pushing themselves and trying their level best".

Pant's first 50 came off 85 balls while his next 109 runs came off just 104 balls at more than run a ball.

The 21-year-old, in only his ninth Test, smashed eight boundaries in his ton and quickly passed his previous Test high of 114 against England last year, swinging his bat as he grew in confidence.

Pujara put together partnerships of 116 with Agarwal, 54 with Kohli, 48 with Rahane and finished the day with an unbroken stand of 75 with Hanuma Vihari (39 not out).

Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane looked good in making his way to 18, but a Starc bouncer caught him off guard and it too caught his glove for Paine to take an overhead catch.

"A great lesson to all batsmen in the series and tests in general", he said.

So desperate were Australia at this point that Khawaja was given a bowl - only the second time he has been called on in a Test.

But that didn't happen as Paine was playing the waiting game which suited India perfectly.

Australia haven't played a four-Test series at home and failed to register at least one century. Finally, Australia had the mortification of taking the third new ball in the Indian first innings.

Steve Smith and David Warner, banned for a year for their roles in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, will not be available for selection until April.

But as the series progressed, the Indian batsmen led by Chateshwar Pujara, slowly started to dominate the Australian bowling. It was a chastening session for Australia, where they lost the plot on a pretty flat track. It all started in the series in 1999 when Steve Waugh was the captain.

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