The runs he conceded were largely irrelevant, with Australia reaching only 236 for 6, still trailing India by 386 runs.
The tourists, who declared on 622-7 late on Friday, only need a draw to claim a first series win Down Under and Australia's hopes of salvaging anything from the match faded with the loss of five wickets after lunch. "Mitch gives us another all-round option with his ability with both bat and ball". They have kept going at Australia on a very flat pitch, despite the batsmen's efforts to throw them off their lines and lengths.
Pant's first 50 came off 85 balls while his next 109 runs came off just 104 balls at more than run a ball.
Virat Kohli appeared to be flirting with a declaration during the afternoon and he finally called his batsmen off the ground when Jadeja was bowled by Lyon.
Also, this was his 2nd Test ton, after his 114 against England at the Oval a year ago. The Indian fielders failed to notice the bounce and started celebrating the dismissal.
Earlier, Lyon (4-178) got the only breakthrough of the morning session when he had Hanuma Vihari caught to end the 101-run partnership with Pujara midway through the session after India resumed this morning at 303-4.
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Indian capitan Kohli, who is among the finest cricket players in the world will surely play in India Vs Australia test series. Langer labelled the interview a "distraction", adding the continued headlines added to the "soap opera we're in every day".
"The upcoming three-match series against India and the ODI tours of India and the UAE are important windows to put this into practice and to build a squad to help defend our World Cup title".
Former captain Michael Clarke then asked Waugh on air if Australia have the best top-six batsmen in their lineup at the moment to which the former national selector replied in the affirmative. It was India who were sitting pretty with a lead in the series. Australia pegged back after a good partnership for the second wicket.
But that didn't happen as Paine was playing the waiting game which suited India perfectly.
Jadeja was soon twirling his bat in his trademark celebration of a half century, his 10th in tests, and for while it looked like Pant would overhaul Pujara with a maiden double century. This makes him a bit of a risk to play as a lone spinner, but with Ravindra Jadeja around to dry up one end, Kuldeep could toss the ball up to his heart's content and attack as much as he wanted.
When the series started, it was the Australian batting which was under scrutiny in the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith.
This is partly due to the three main quicks - Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins - being rested with an eye on their workload, but there have also been significant changes to the batting line-up with Travis Head, Chris Lynn, D'Arcy Short and Ben McDermott all omitted. The Indian domination was complete at Sydney when the Aussie bowlers were made to toil for two days bowling 167 overs for just seven wickets.