India vs Australia, Live Cricket Score, 4th Test Day 3 in Sydney: Bad light stops play, game to resume early on Day 4

Tune in for updates from the third day of the fourth Test of the India vs Australia Test series in Sydney.

Marcus Harris of Australia castled by Ravindra Jadeja during day three of the fourth Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.   -  Getty Images

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia.

After Cheteshwar Pujara's innings of 193, Rishabh Pant hammered an unbeaten 159 as India buried a dispirited Australia under a mountain of runs in the fourth and final fixture of the India vs Australia Test series in Sydney on Friday. (REPORT)

Pitch report by Mark Waugh: "It is expected to be very hot and humid. There is still a good covering of grass, it's very firm. There are a few footmarks here which Jadeja will bowl into the left-handers. Expect the ball to reverse as well. It's a fraction on the dry side. Overall, still looks a good batting surface."

 

Highlights from the second day's play:

Third session updates:

Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja toyed with the Australian bowlers, piling on a 204-run partnership for the seventh wicket and the declaration came in at 622/7. Later Australia ended the day unscathed at 24.

Pant broke a few records enroute his unbeaten 159. He became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score 150 in Australia, notched up the third highest score overall by an Indian wicketkeeper.

Second session updates:

It is safe to say it had been India's session, again.

Cheteshwar Pujara was unlucky to miss out on a 200, chipping a return catch to Nathan Lyon on 193 but for that glitch, it had been India all the way.

Rishabh Pant had helped himself to a handsome 88 and he would have hoped to score those remaining dozen and get to the three-figure mark.

India was well in control at tea at 491/6.

First session updates:

Unsurprisingly, it had been Cheteshwar Pujara in the limelight.

Hanuma Vihari and Pujara started well, negotiated the first hour or so without any hiccups. Pujara went past the 150-run mark, his seventh in Test cricket.

Vihari was out to Nathan Lyon, the ball just brushing his bat before Marnus Labuschagne pouched it safe.

Rishabh Pant joined Pujara and the duoensured India take the lunch break at a healthy 389/5.

Recap:

Virat Kohli did his side a huge favour by winning the toss. The pitch was good for batting: the ball didn't move prodigiously in the air or off the surface and thereby encouraged strokeplay.

Teams:

Australia (Playing XI): Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah