India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, on Monday, fell short of what would have been a scintillating hundred against Australia by three runs on day five of the Sydney Test.

Pant, who looked a bit uncomfortable at the start of the fourth innings, having just recuperated from an elbow injury he picked up on Saturday, accelerated later on to score a dramatic 97 off 118 deliveries.

The 23-year-old scored only five off the initial 34 deliveries he faced, but changed gears and went on to score 92 off the next 83. His innings included 12 fours and three huge sixes. One of the maximums, over long-on, off Nathan Lyon, was especially breathtaking.

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