Rishabh Pant becomes first Indian wicket-keeper to slam century in Australia

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jan 04, 2019, 01:23 PM(IST)

Rishabh Pant (L) celebrates his century with teammate Ravindra Jadeja (R). Photograph:( AFP )

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Rishabh Pant became first India wicket-keeper to score a hundred in Australia.

Rishabh Pant slammed his second Test century while playing against Australia in the first innings of the final Test on Friday at Sydney Cricket Ground. 

He scored an unbeaten 159 runs off 189 balls to record the highest ever score by an Indian wicket-keeper in an away Test. 

Pant overtook former Indian captain MS Dhoni, who had smashed 148 runs off 153 against Pakistan is 2006. 

A list of highest scores by Asian wicket-keeper outside sub-continent:

159* Rishabh Pant in Sydney, 2019
159 Mushfiqur Rahim, Wellington, 2017
137 Moin Khan, Hamilton, 2003
126 Dinesh Chandimal, Chester-le-Street, 2016

Earlier, he became the first India wicket-keeper to score a hundred in England, repeating the same, Pant also became the first India wicket-keeper to score a hundred in Australia. 

The previous highest was Farokh Engineer's 89 at Adelaide in 1967. 

Also, he's gone past Virat Kohli's tally this series and became the second-highest run-getter with 350 from seven innings. 

Pant, whose innings featured 15 boundaries and one six and his ton came from a four off spinner Marnus Labuschagne. 

With a marvellous feat at SCG, Pant completed his highest score in his fledging nine-Test career so far, earlier it was at the Oval against England last year when he hit 114. 

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A marathon 193 by Cheteshwar Pujara and a quick-fire unbeaten 88 from Rishabh Pant steered India into a dominant position at the final Test Friday with Australia rapidly seeing their hopes of saving the series evaporate. 

Calm and collected number three Pujara was finally caught and bowled by spinner Nathan Lyon after a batting masterclass that spanned a day-and-a-half and 373 balls. 

The visitors lead the series 2-1 after winning the opening clash in Adelaide and the third one in Melbourne. Australia claimed victory in Perth. 

If India, the world's top-ranked nation, win or draw in Sydney they will clinch the first-ever series in Australia since they began touring Down Under in 1947-48. 

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