Pant Power Propels India on Record-Breaking Day at SCG

Incumbent opener Aaron Finch is likely to face the axe in Sydney which could potentially open the doors for Peter Handscomb’s return

It is raining heavily in Sydney and thus no play is possible.

Seamer Peter Siddle has been recalled to Australia's one-day worldwide squad for the upcoming three-match series against India after an absence of more than eight years.

Well, that's it from us for Day 2. India requested for the second new ball after 81 overs but were denied owing to bad light. The pitch is being covered as players walk off the field.

The partnership between the two had accumulated 204 runs in the meantime with Rishabh Pant unbeaten on 159 runs.

Australia were given a boost in the first over after tea when Kohli was snaffled down the legside off Hazlewood 23 while Ajinkya Rahane got a glove on a rising delivery from Starc to depart for 18.

In another departure from recent policy, Australia are considering picking twin spinners, four years after winning the tournament at home without a frontline slow bowler. Kuldeep has outfoxed him.

TEA BREAK | Australian captain Tim Paine has joined Peter Handscomb in the middle.

The Indian captain is no stranger to such strong reactions as he was also jeered by fans in the 2012 Sydney Test during his maiden tour of Australia. Travis Head is caught and bowled and with it Australia have now lost half the side.

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Pitches have provided plenty of talking points throughout the series, which the visitors now lead 2-1. In a surprise, first-team regular Ishant Sharma was not included with the reasons unknown.

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'It's wonderful to have Peter back in the squad for the first time since 2010, ' said head selector Trevor Hohns.

Vihari added three to his overnight score of 39, before edging a sweep shot off Lyon onto his upper-arm and was caught by Marnus Labuschagne at bat-pad for 42.

Labuschagne scored 38, showing promise but ultimately failing to cash in after his contentious call-up.

Jadeja picked two in quick succession. First he removed Marcus Harris and then Shaun Marsh.

So desperate were Australia at this point that Khawaja was given a bowl - only the second time he has been called on in a Test. After a heroic ton by Cheteshwar Pujara and a record-making century by Rishabh Pant posted a mammoth total on the scoreboard (622/7), before declaring in the third session of the day. Let's not forget the incredible contribution from Che Pujara who unfortunately was dismissed for 193.

Summary: Marcus Harris put Australia in a slightly more respectable position as helped the hosts to 1-122 at lunch in reply to India's 7 (dec)-622.

Pant produced the first Test century by an Indian keeper in Australia, while the 21-year-old became the youngest keeper to hit a Test hundred in Australia. It will be exciting to see if there is any dramatic change of events in the Test match.

India has never won a test series in Australia.

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