While Australian lower-order and tail put up a courageous fight, Virat Kohli-led India beat the home team by 31 runs to win the first Test here on Monday and took 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series.
Things went too close for comfort for India as Nathan Lyon (38 not out) and Josh Hazlewood (13) put on 42 runs for the last wicket and frustrated the Indian bowling.
It was Pant's ninth dismissal in the Test, equalling MS Dhoni (9 versus Australia, Melbourne in 2014) as the second-best haul by an Indian wicketkeeper in overseas Tests.
Right so to summarise, it was a ideal display of Test cricket where neither team managed a very big score but the collective effort of all players made sure it went right down to the wire.
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Australia's batting coach Graeme Hick, speaking before day four started, admitted on SEN that his side would need "a couple of heroes" if asked to chase anything more than 250. "We definitely still believe we can win this".
Before lunch, India grabbed the key wickets of Shaun Marsh and Travis Head as they inched towards their first Test win on Australian soil in a decade, with the home team battling to stay in the game.
Australia captain Tim Paine felt that Pujara was the difference between the two teams. "It's just about coming out tomorrow, winning the first ball, the first over, the first hour", said Lyon. Yet again, he failed to deliver with bat and gave his wicket away to Lyon, who picked up two wickets in quick succession by taking advantage of rough marks on the wicket.
But in the second over after they resumed Paine top edged a pull shot from Bumrah and Pant easily took a catch.
"We found this without even looking for them, this is ball three and four from Ishant Sharma's last over. he is clearly over the front line and they just haven't been called".
Rahane was alone fighting the Aussie attack and successfully scored a half-century which was very important to get back his lost form.