Pujara slams century, India still in fight with 303/4 at tea

India had been under tremendous pressure - 328 for 6 replying to Australia's 451 - when Saha walked in.

Before the series against Australia, Pujara had said that he had learnt from his mistakes and promised to unleash an improved version of himself. There was more misery waiting when they came out to bat. Saha meanwhile slammed his third century.

"We have got to save the game", Australian coach Darren Lehmann said after play. "So tomorrow we have to put into practice what we did there and deliver on the big stage".

"When the ball gets softer, it plays better".

Ravindra Jadeja then picked up the wickets David Warner and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon late in the day, to leave the Aussies on 2-23 at stumps, still trailing by 129 runs. "They've done a lot of practise in those sort of conditions, so I'm really confident they can do the job". We'll see what the mood is like at that time. With just one more session remaining, the chances of a result favouring India looks very unlikely. It is the third highest seventh-wicket stand for any team against Australia.

Ravindra Jadeja continued what has been a fine Test for him by smashing 54 not out off 55 balls with India eventually declaring on 603 for 9.

Kohli, who came into the rubber with double centuries in four successive series, has only managed 46 runs in his five innings since the opener in Pune.

Pujara recorded his second career double ton while Wriddhiman went to his third career century and played one of the greatest knocks ever by an Indian keeper. The ball not only straightened enough but also took his wicket leaving Australia in deep trouble. Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 186 when he faced the 496th ball of his innings.

They were rewarded for their boldness on Saturday but the fourth day did not pan out anywhere near as well as the visitors had been hoping.

The teams went in to Tea with Australia on 149/4.

Lehmann refused to blame his bowling attack for Australia's position at stumps on day four, saying it let itself down by not making the most of the wicket when batting in its first innings.

There was more frustration nearing lunch when Saha, on 51, again had an lbw call overturned.

It's one of the oldest comebacks in sport but quite often it's the best, and it's the one star India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara used to blunt Australia quick Josh Hazlewood, according to teammate Wriddhiman Saha.

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