Sydney: Rishabh Pant in the company of an ever-cautious Cheteshwar Pujara took India to 202 for 3 at lunch on the final day of the third Test with Australia still holding the upper hand.
India still needs 201 runs to accomplish a near-impossible chase of 407 and with Ravindra Jadeja only to bat if required.
India lost skipper Ajinkya Rahane in the second over of the day but Pant smashed his way to 73 off 97 balls adding 104 runs for the unbroken fourth-wicket stand with Pujara (41 batting, 147 balls) being the ideal foil.
It was one of the most productive sessions for India in this Test series with 108 runs coming their way, largely due to Pant’s counter-attacking display which did put the Australians in a spot.
India 206/3 in 70 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 41 batting, Rishabh Pant 73 batting; Josh Hazlewood 1/20, Pat Cummins 1/42).