Rishabh Pant was hit on the left elbow while batting in the second session on Saturday
Rishabh Pant was hit on the left elbow while batting in the second session on Saturday

Sydney: Indian batsman-wicketkeepr Rishabh Pant was injured while batting in the second session of third day in the third Test against Australia on Saturday.

"Rishabh Pant was hit on the left elbow while batting in the second session on Saturday. He has been taken for scans," BCCI said.

Pant played an important 36-run innings and added crucial runs with Cheteshwar Pujara.

Wriddhiman Saha was keeping the wickets in the second innings of Australia as Pant went for scans.

Earlier, India was bowled out for 244 after Cheteshwar Pujara's slowest half-century helped Australia take complete command at tea. Australia took a first-innings lead of 94 runs and it would be an uphill task for India to make a comeback in this match.

Pujara's (50 off 176 balls) ultra-defensive approach put tremendous pressure on his colleagues and India never quite got the momentum going as Cummins (4/29 in 21.4 overs), Hazlewood (2/43 in 21 overs) and Mitchell Starc (1/61 in 19 overs) continuously attacked the batsmen -- first with a leg-side field and short-ball strategy and then on the corridor of uncertainty.

Pujara doesn't play the pull or hook shot well and he wasn't allowed room to either cut or drive.

While he never tried to rotate strike, the likes of Ajinkya Rahane (22 off 70 balls) and Rishabh Pant (36 off 67 balls) felt the urge to break the shackles in the absence of any such intention from the other end.

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