Hanuma Vihari & Ravichandran Ashwin batted together for 42.4 overs across two sessions on Day 5 of the third test match to help India pull the match to a draw in the third test match against Australia in Sydney Cricket Ground.
The team will now face each other in Brisbane for the fourth & final test match with the series level at 1-1. Starting day 2 at 98 for 2, India needed 309 runs to win the match. Cheteshwar Pujara’s slow & patent 77 runs knock off 205 balls & Rishabh Pant’s 97 runs knock off 118 balls gave India hopes for a while but their falling wickets & hamstring injury to Hanuma Vihari didn’t let India to reach the winning terms. India captain Ajinkya Rahane said that the team didn’t thought about the result when they came out to bat on final day.
“Our talk coming this morning was to show character and fight till the end. Not to think about the result,” Rahane said after the match.
“Really happy with the way we fought especially today but also throughout the game, even in the first innings when Australia were 200 for 2 and getting them all out for 338 was really good.”
The Indian Captain heaped praised on Vihari & Ashwin who is the face of some intense scrutiny by the Australian pacers & some verbal volleys by close in fielders kept their calms & batted through the final session.
“There are few areas we can improve on but special mention to Vihari and Ashwin. The way they batted in the end and showed character was really good to see,” Rahane said.
Wicket-keeper Tim Paine dropped Rishabh Pant catch twice & then again dropped Vihari catch in the final moments of the day.
“I thought we created enough chances to win the game, this one’s a tough one to swallow. Our bowlers were superb, (Nathan) Lyon bowled well. Just that we (especially me) didn’t hold onto our catches,” Paine said after the match.
Looking at the positive points from the third test match, Paine said, “We didn’t play our best in the last two games, but we were somewhat good with the bat in this Test. There were a few positives for us, our bowlers created plenty of chances. “Today was a whole-hearted effort from the boys, just that things didn’t go our way.”