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70th over: India 153-4 (Pujara 36, Pant 9) Well then. Pujara has managed to get one of his close catchers removed – the leg slip is gone. He pushes Lyon through point for a single. The field for Pant is just a slip and a short leg, with more off-side protection: cover, point, backward point. Doesn’t matter, Pant cuts for four! Good shot, waited back, cuts finer of the backward point. Then pushes a single to the right of cover, and Pujara follows by using his feet again to whip a run square of mid-on. That’s seven from the Lyon over, well worked, and Pujara against Lyon has been good recently. Pant has 9 runs from 9 balls. This is absorbing Test cricket.
69th over: India 146-4 (Pujara 34, Pant 4) Starc is back to replace Hazlewood. The keeper-batsman is off the mark quickly, opening the face to guide two runs to third man. Left-hander v left-armer. Tries to repeat the dose but it’s stopped at gully. Pant drives to mid-off, stopped, then he plays a forcing shot through point to finish the over with two more. The runs coming as soon as he arrives, and that’s the benefit Pant can bring. If he can stick around, he’ll help bring down the gap between the scores expeditiously.