Pujara, Rahane help India extend advantage

09 December 2018 12:57 Sports Desk

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who put on an 87-run stand for the fourth wicket, helped India extend their advantage on the fourth morning despite two strikes late in the session by Nathan Lyon.

After a largely luckless session, Lyon was rewarded with the wickets of Pujara for 71 and Rohit Sharma (1) in quick succession, but by then India had got into a position of comfort.

That had come about thanks to fifties from both Pujara and Rahane who continued to negate the threat of Lyon around the footmarks with decisive footwork. Australia's pacers remained unthreatening with the second new ball, making Lyon Australia's sole wicket-taking danger.

Pujara continued to use his pads to good effect against Lyon, getting a fifty to add to his hundred in the first innings, while Rahane cashed in on the loose offerings from the bowlers to get to his 16th Test fifty.

With their contributions helping India get 109 runs in the session, the visitors went into the Lunch break with an overall lead of 275, with Rahane unbeaten on 57 along with the aggressive Rishabh Pant.

Brief scores: India 250 and 260/5 (KL Rahul 44, Cheteshwar Pujara 71, Ajinkya Rahane 57*; Nathan Lyon 3-92) lead Australia 235 (Travis Head 72; Jasprit Bumrah 3-47 R Ashwin 3-57) by 275 runs.

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