2018-19 Domain Tests: 4th Test of Australia v India, Day 2 Morning Session Review at the Sydney Cricket Ground

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India resumes on 4-303 with Hanuma Vihari (39) & Cheteshwar Pujara (130) back to work at the crease.

Pujara continued to score runs on the board before he reached his 150 run mark.

He likes to keep his game simple having maintained the head position still by dancing around the feet to let the bat click closer to the ball.

That way it helped Pujara beat the bowler and fielder where they had a hard time chasing against the rope.

At the same time, Pujara & Vihari form the 100 run stand.

Shortly after Pujara scored his 150, Nathan Lyon took his 2nd wicket off Hanuma Vihari on 42.

Lyon did a great job targeting Paine’s gloves as Vihari sweep it early as it scooped straight to Marnus Labuschagne at short leg.

Rishabh Pant came in and immediately fired up runs on 27* while Pujara still stayed on 181*.

Lunch Day 2: India 5-389

India’s Take

India’s doing very well with mixing up the attacking and defensive approaches right.

They kept their game simple when they’re able to rotate the strike plus getting the perfect placement by showing the open bat face.

Credit to “The Wall” in Cheteshwar Pujara who boasts plenty of red-ball experience under his sleeve by playing a lot of safe shots.

It made the Australian bowlers hard to get him out having spent 30 hours in the middle.

As long as India kept their basics batting right after lunch, then they will go on and build towards the 400-450 run mark.

Once they do that, Virat Kohli would, at last, make a declaration and unleash their bowlers in the 2nd Innings.

Australia’s Take

Australia has picked up one wicket in this session.

It’s good to see Nathan Lyon pitch up the good full ball going straight towards Tim Paine’s gloves.

Vihari had to panic when he swept up early with his bat half-swung towards Labuschagne.

Apart from that, the bowlers need to be aggressive after lunch.

They need to unleash that fire under that belly such as bowling yorkers and short balls towards the off-stump.

Make that Kookaburra ball attack and scare off Pujara & Pant so Australia can bat later in the day and avoid mistakes that they’ve done the last test.

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