A battered and bruised India misplaced solely three wickets on the final day as they pulled off a stunning draw towards Australia in the third Test in Sydney.
India, resuming on 98-2 and needing an additional 309 runs to attain their victory goal of 407, have been eyeing a win when Rishabh Pant (97 off 118) and Cheteshwar Pujara (77 off 205) shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 148.
Australia regained the benefit after Pant and Pujara have been dismissed by Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood respectively to leave India on 272-5.
But Hanuma Vihari (23no off 161) – who was constrained by a hamstring pressure he picked up whereas operating – and Ravichandran Ashwin (39no off 128) thwarted Australia for 258 deliveries in a brave partnership of 62 because the vacationers achieved the draw, ending on 334-5.
Vihari was handed a late reprieve when Australia captain Tim Paine put down an opportunity behind the stumps, one of three drops for Paine on the day, with the wicketkeeper additionally spilling Pant on three and 56.
Ravindra Jadeja was subsequent on the listing to bat, ready in his protecting equipment in the pavilion regardless of his fractured thumb, however was not wanted as India ensured the series remained all sq. heading into the final Test, now confirmed to happen in Brisbane, from January 15.
At one stage throughout Ashwin and Vihari’s stand, 41 deliveries handed with no run being scored – in stark distinction to when Pant was at the wicket, with the India wicketkeeper nailing 12 fours and three sixes in his enterprising knock.
The left-hander, who was a severe damage doubt on Saturday after taking a nasty blow to his elbow, fell three runs brief of a third Test hundred when he was caught at backward level off-spinner Lyon.
Australia had taken the higher hand in the match after scoring 338 in their first innings after which dismissing India for 244.
Paine’s hosts prolonged the lead to 406 earlier than declaring on 312-6 in their second innings however their hopes of ripping by way of India have been thwarted.
The vacationers will now head to The Gabba with an opportunity of repeating their 2-1 Test series triumph in Australia in 2018-2019 – though the hosts haven’t misplaced a Test at the Brisbane floor since 1988.
What they mentioned…
India captain Ajinkya Rahane: “Our talk this morning was all about showing character, fight till the end and not thinking of the result. A special mention to Vihari and Ashwin for the way they batted and showed their character.”
Australia skipper Tim Paine: “We certainly created chances to win the game. We just did not hold our catches, myself in particular. We have to cop the blame for that, wear it, move on and look forward to Brisbane.”
Fourth Test in Brisbane confirmed
Earlier on day 5 in Sydney, it was introduced India had agreed to journey to Brisbane for the fourth Test, ending every week of uncertainty across the match.
Reports the vacationers have been reluctant to journey to Queensland as a result of of the extent of quarantine they may have to endure had persevered all through the third Test.
“The fourth Test will be at the Gabba, as planned,” Cricket Australia chief government Nick Hockley Hockley informed SEN Radio. “I had a call last night from the BCCI secretary and he confirmed we are good to travel to Brisbane on Tuesday. We are full steam ahead to play the fourth Test at the Gabba.”
The crowd at the 42,000-capacity Gabba might be capped at 50 per cent for the final match series.