On Friday, he went on to score his 2nd Test ton, becoming the first Indian to register a Test century in Australia.
While they need at least a draw in Sydney to win the series outright, India will retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy irrespective of the result.
Before Pant, Pujara tonned up on day one setting up a solid platform for a huge first innings score while at it.
Paine denied there was disharmony in the team after bowling coach David Saker and spinner Nathan Lyon both suggested the bowlers were on a different page to the captain.
"That was something we wnated to do to their attack, we haven't quite been able to do it and they've done it to ours", Paine said.
"You'd like the slips to come into play at some stage, wouldn't you?" "You've got to tip your cap to India".
Lyon (2-116) got the only breakthrough of the session when he had Hanuma Vihari caught to end the 101-run partnership with Pujara mid-way through the session after India resumed this morning at 303-4. "Every time when I go to bat, I just enjoy myself, that's the only thing I love to do", he said. However, Rishabh Pant, who struck a century and broke a host of records, doing kip-up is our pick of the day as he puts on display a fine example of his fitness and flexibility. He drove his second ball through the covers for three before once again dropping anchor, blocking and targeting only loose balls.
FOUR. Starc pitches the fourth ball up and Jadeja punches the ball straight down the ground for a boundary.
Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh in particular were under the scanner and could lose their spots, with all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne added to the squad for Sydney.
Pant previously scored a 114 against England at the Oval in September 2018, which also makes him the only wicket-keeper to have two Test centuries outside Asia.
But that only brought the stoic Pujara to the crease and like he has done all series, the 68-Test veteran dug in and blunted the new ball.
So desperate were Australia at this point that Khawaja was given a bowl - only the second time he has been called on in a Test.
He also became only the third Indian batsman to score 500-plus runs in a Test series against Australia, after Rahul Dravid in 2003-04 and Virat Kohli in 2014-15.
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