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

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The 30-year-old's centuries in Adelaide and Melbourne went a long way to giving India a 2-1 series lead and there was relief as well as admiration in the standing ovation he received from the crowd when he finally headed back to the Member's Stand. At stumps then, Australia were trailing by 386 runs, with Peter Handscomb (28 not out) and Pat Cummins (25 not out) at the crease. "Usman is a batsman we know can put vital runs on the board at the top of the order, and Peter is not only a fine player of spin bowling, he's also a batsman we know can hold an innings together while keeping the scoreboard ticking over".

Mitchell Marsh and keeper Alex Carey will be the two vice-captains in keeping with Cricket Australia's new policy after the ball-tampering saga.

Bumrah and Mohammed Shami generated some reverse-swing late in Saturday's morning session but Harris and Labuschagne extended their unbeaten stand to 50 runs. He only ended up falling to Kuldeep, who took a good catch off his own delivery to get him.

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But once again, as things looked settled down, they manufactured a wicket with Head hitting a full toss straight back at Yadav and was out caught. Travis Head is caught and bowled and with it Australia have now lost half the side.

Marnus Labuschagne appeared to be proving his doubters wrong, until Ajinkya Rahane ruined his innings.

Australia began the day with basically no hope of victory, but with a pitch conducive to batting and all 10 wickets intact, the hosts' maligned batsmen had a chance to find some form.

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Harris was on 24 when went within millimetres of being dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja, having popped the ball up in the vicinity of KL Rahul at mid-on.

Harris was the pick of the pair, finishing day two unbeaten on 19, while Khawaja was given an early life on his way to five not out.

Cheteshwar Pujara's third hundred of the series was the cornerstone of India's innings on the opening day of the final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Kuldeep Yadav starred with the ball for India on Day 3 as he picked up 3 wickets for 72 runs on a flat surface which started to turn after the first session while Ravindra Jadeja had two wickets to show for his efforts.

Australia haven't played a four-Test series at home and failed to register at least one century.

India has nearly ensured they do not lose this match.

India has never won a test series in Australia.

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