Sydney: Contrasting half-centuries from Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara, adopted by an exemplary show of grit and dedication by Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin helped India draw the third Take a look at towards Australia on the Sydney Cricket Floor.
Chasing a mammoth goal of 407, India reached 334/5 after batting for 131 overs earlier than each the groups determined to shake arms on the ultimate day of the Take a look at match. Vihari, who batted with a sore hamstring all through the course of his innings, confirmed nice resilience and remained unbeaten on 23 after going through 161 deliveries. He was supported brilliantly by Ashwin who additionally suffered a number of blows on his physique however didn’t throw away his wicket and remained not on 39 from 128 deliveries.
Earlier, Pant and Pujara shared a 148-run partnership for the fifth wicket after the guests misplaced skipper Ajinkya Rahane (4) very early within the day. The duo scored runs at a brisk tempo and in reality, not solely put India ready to attract the Take a look at, but in addition gave the guests an unlikely hope of an unbelievable win.
However Pant — after scoring 97 runs off simply 118 balls with the assistance of 12 fours and three sixes — bought out towards Nathan Lyon within the second session and supplied Australia a gap. The sport tilted additional in Australia’s manner when Pujara — who scored his second half-century of the match throughout his 77-run knock — bought out bowled, courtesy a peach of a supply by Josh Hazlewood.
Nonetheless, it was then that Vihari and Ashwin got here into their very own and first helped India finish the second session at 280/5 on the ultimate day.
The skilled pair continued to indicate nice character in the course of the remaining session as effectively and survived some nervy moments in the course of the course of their unbeaten 62-run partnership which noticed the crew finish the match in a historic draw. Each the batters batted for greater than three hours every in the course of the course of their innings and declined Australia with a possibility to go 2-1 up within the ongoing four-Take a look at collection.
Openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill additionally made notable contributions within the second innings by scoring 52 and 31 runs respectively and helped India achieve some confidence as they started their chase of the large goal on Day 4.
Australia had posted 338 of their first innings after which bowled out India for 244, thus attaining a 94-run lead. The hosts declared their second innings at 312/6, setting a 407-run goal.
Australia had received the primary Take a look at by eight wickets in Adelaide whereas India registered a surprising comeback in Melbourne, profitable the Boxing Day Take a look at by eight wickets.
The collection, at the moment tied at 1-1, will now be determined within the remaining Take a look at starting Friday at The Gabba in Brisbane.
Transient scores: Australia 338 & 312/6 dec vs India 244 & 334/5 (Rishabh Pant 97, Cheteshwar Pujara 77, Hanuma Vihari 23*, Ravichandran Ashwin 39*; Josh Hazlewood 2/39)