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Pujara hits century; India still going strong at 263/4

Sydney: Cheteshwar Pujara has scored century as India reached 263 for 4 after tea on day one of the fourth and final Test against Australia here on Thursday.

At the Sydney Cricket Ground, Pujara was unbeaten on 116 runs, while Hanuma Vihari was batting on 13.

Post lunch, Agarwal and Pujara continued their second-wicket partnership to 116 runs. The duo put on an attacking show after the break, with their 100-run stand coming off 178 balls.

Agarwal reached his second Test half-century off 96 balls, inclusive of two sixes against Nathan Lyon (1/47) as the two batsmen rotated strike well and kept the scoreboard ticking.

So much so, India were scoring at a run-a-minute at one stage before drinks, as 64 runs came in the first hour of play after lunch.

Agarwal looked good for a hundred, but threw it away when he holed out in the deep off Lyon in the 34th over and walked back shaking his head at an unnecessary shot.

Kohli then walked out to boos for the fourth Test running, but got going immediately with an immaculate cover drive. Australia resorted to more conservative bowling and kept his scoring rate in check.