Ricky Ponting feels Australia's batting group have made way too many mistakes and that has led to the team's downfall in the ongoing Test series against India.India's immovable object at No.3, Cheteshwar Pujara has plundered 521 runs from a record 1,258 balls faced in the four-match series, while the likes of Rishabh Pant (350 runs) and Virat Kohli (282 runs) too have been amongst runs.
Now leading the series 2-1, India will hope to start their year on a positive note and silence their critics once and for all by putting up a dominant display on foreign soil.
A demoralised Paine took the third new ball after tea but couldn't avoid the ignominy of the opposition reaching 600, with India's fourth-highest Test total outside Asia leaving them perfectly placed to end a barren streak in Australia that dates back to 1948. He had stitched a 72-run partnership stand with Usman Khawaja and 56-stand with Marnus Labuschagne for the first and second wicket respectively.
"You have to give India credit", Australia captain Tim Paine said.
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"Every hundred which is scored in worldwide level is special for me because I have just started my career", Pant said.
India had another good day in the field as Australia trail by 386 runs. He drove his second ball through the covers for three before once again dropping anchor, blocking and targeting only loose balls.
But he began to open up with the bat and after hitting Nathan Lyon for six to bring up his highest Test score of 77, attempted to do the same from the next delivery and was caught by Starc at long-on. The spinner pitched the ball up and the batsman, going for a drive, failed to counter it and was bowled.
Sri Lankan batting legend Kumar Sangakkara summed up his innings in a tweet.
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The methodical 30-year-old has been by far the best batsman from either side across the series and his ton followed a stellar 123 in the first Test in Adelaide and 106 in the third Test at Melbourne.
He found a capable ally in Hanuma Vihari - shuffled down to the middle order to accommodate Rahul with Rohit Sharma dropping out of the XI - who ended the day with some self-assured strokeplay.
Jadeja was finally undone by a tired Lyon who could barely muster a celebration as he knocked the stumps over and Kohli called it a day. Whichever team has won the toss in the series has batted first and gone on to win the match.
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