Pujara Century Put India Into The Driving Seat

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The 4th and the final test of this ongoing test series between Australia and India started with a toss win for India and Indian Captain didn’t hesitate in deciding to bat first on the dry surface Sydney cricket ground.
Indian team made two changes, Kl Rahul who was dropped in the third test get back into the side and Kuldeep Yadav replaced Ishant Sharma.
Opening Start for India was not up to the mark as Kl Rahul lost his wicket early after scoring 9 runs. The other Indian Opener, Mayank Agarwal batted brilliantly and scored his second half-century of this test series. His cover drives were a pleasure to watch as a spectator. He scored 77 runs and added 116 runs together with Chesteshwar Pujara before throwing his wicket away to Nathan Lyon. He looked good today and if he stayed for some more time, he might end up registering his debut test hundred.
Chesteshwar Pujara once again excelled the Australian team with his wonderful display of batting on the first day itself and scored 130 and remained unbeaten till the end of day 1. Pujara generates the difference between conquering and loosing for the Indian team as his principal performances always put India into the driver’s seat. Australian bowlers tried everything to get him out, even after getting hit infrequent times on his shoulders, Pujara sojourned stiff like a cliff and continued his inning without losing his attention.
Virat Kohli was looking good today as he made 54 runs partnership with Pujara before getting out by playing a wide ball down his leg side. His clumsy shot will definitely cost India.
Rahane started off his inning assuredly and hit a few boundaries before getting out on a turbulent bouncer bowled by Mitchell Starc at a score of 18. After Rahane’s wicket, Hanuma Vihari who is shifted back to his original batting position, started aggressively this time, unlike the previous test match where he batted too much defensively and failed to score. Here, he scored runs on the off side with a couple of good boundaries and stayed unbeaten till the end of the day’s play on 39 runs off just 58 balls with 5 fours and 1 six.
India ended the first day’s play at a score of 303 with a loss of 4 wickets. Pujara And Hanuma Vihari will start the proceedings for India on day 2. The day undoubtedly belongs to India but India needs to bat at least 2 sessions on day 2 and scored 150 extra runs to concrete its possibilities to win this test match and this series.

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