Defiant India draw third Test vs Australia
Online Staff/GUWAHATI, Jan 11: India put up a brave show with the bat on Day 5 and drew the third Test against Australia in Sydney on Monday.
While Rishabh Pant scored a brilliant 97, Cheteshwar Pujara scored a solid 77 off 205 balls before Hanuma Vihari (23no), battling an injury, and R Ashwin’s (39no) 259-ball unbeaten partnership denied Australia a win at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
India resumed the final Day’s play at 98/2, needing 309 runs more to win but lost skipper Ajinkya Rahane in the second over.
Pant, who was hit on his arm in the first innings, came out to bat to join Pujara.
The duo completed a 100-run partnership to take India to 206/3 at lunch.
Pujara, who was batting on 41 after the end of the first session on Day 5, then completed his 6000 Test runs and went on to bring up his second fifty of the match soon after the play resumed in the second session. Meanwhile, Pant continued his cash in on every scoring opportunity, pushing India past 250.
However, Australia managed to break the 148-run stand between Pujara and Pant as Lyon finally managed to dismiss Pant after the Indian left-hander had scored a fantastic 97. Later Josh Hazlewood broke through Pujara’s defence and got the right-hander out after he had scored a fighting 205-ball 77.
Hanuma Vihari, who had walked out to bat after Pant’s dismissal, and R Ashwin then joined on the wicket and the pair denied Australia any success after Pujara’s fall.
Brief Scores: Australia 338 all out and 312/6 (Cameron Green 84, Steve Smith 81; Navdeep Saini 2/54) draw India 244 all out and 334/5 (Rishabh Pant 97, Cheteshwar Pujara 77; Josh Hazlewood 2/39)