Rishabh Pant Hits 2nd Test Ton As India Declare On 622/7 At Stumps On Day 2

Tanuja Saikhom | 1 month ago

India set an uphill task for Australia as the visitors declared their first innings at 622 for 7 on the second day of the fourth and final Test at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. 

Rishabh Pant was the star of the day as he reached his second Test ton in style with a boundary off Marnus Labuschagne. He was batting at 159 when skipper Virat Kohli called his players back to the pavilion just after Ravindra Jadeja (81) was bowled out by Lyon.

The seventh-wicket partnership between him and Jadeja amassed an impressive 204 runs.

The 21-year-old left-handed batsman became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score Test century on Australian soil. The previous highest record was Farokh Engineer's 89 at Adelaide in 1967.

Pant, whose holiday stint went viral on social media for babysitting Tim Paine’s kids, was the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test ton in England. The delighted Indian fans sang a song “We’ve got Pant” for their emerging hero.

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Earlier, the in-form batsman Cheteshwar Pujara continued to notch runs as he recorded an overseas high 193 before he got caught and bowled by spinner Nathan Lyon. He reached his 18th Test hundred and 3rd of the ongoing series Down Under on Day one.

For Australia, Lyon was the most successful bowler of the innings as he claimed four wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ravindra Jadeja.

The openers Marcus Harris (19 not out) and Usman Khawaja (5 not out) were on the pitch when the umpires dislodge the belts from the stumps after 10 overs.