Rishabh Pant sets record in Australia

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Well, that's it from us for Day 2.

Well, bad light has stopped the play and it has started to rain as well. Peter Handscomb (28) and Pat Cummins (25) were at the crease when the players went off the field.

The partnership between the two had accumulated 204 runs in the meantime with Rishabh Pant unbeaten on 159 runs. India's total was their second-highest in Australia - after their 705/7 declared here in 2003-04.

Despite the tall task ahead Australia skipper Tim Paine said they were not ready to throw in the towel. Australian in deep trouble now.

Kohli, who was dismissed for 23 on day one in Sydney, has been heavily criticised for his on-field behavior over the course of the series which began in December a year ago.

Batsmen Travis Head, Darcy Short and Chris Lynn have been left out owing to recent poor form in ODIs, while fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile has been rested owing to lower back issues.

Victorians Glenn Maxwell and Peter Handscomb have been named, while all-rounders Marcus Stoinis and Mitch Marsh will get a chance to impress with the white ball. The duo need to put up a good partnership here to bail their side out of the trouble.

OUT! Mohammed Shami strikes.

Rahane plucked a far more remarkable catch to dismiss Labuschagne, who flicked the ball off his pads with attractive timing but awful placement. It was a chastening session for Australia, where they lost the plot on a pretty flat track. With his tail up, Kuldeep purchased enough spin from outside off and cleverly slipped in googlies to trouble both batsmen, just as Jadeja kept it tight from the other end.

For India, Chateshwar Pujara moved from 130 to 193 on the second day and was unlucky to miss out on a double hundred.

The series against India begins at the SCG on January 12 with matches in Adelaide and Melbourne to follow.

"When you're looking towards a World Cup - he's certainly re-invented himself in the T20 format but for one day format, I'm just interested in that one". It will be exciting to see if there is any dramatic change of events in the Test match.

No match is over till the last ball is bowled, but the manner in which this one is poised, it looks like India's maiden series win in Australia is on the cards.

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