Truly the 3rd Test match in Sydney was a gripping movie with a pool of trailers on five days of its play. The match will be remembered for India’s resilience who batted the whole last day to draw the match.
Here we hog some light on the talking points of Day 5:
Pujara’s seniority worked
Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Ajinkya Rahane walked down the pitch when India were 98/2 and needed 309 runs to win the match. The partnership didn’t go as expected as Rahane departed when India were 102. Pujara took the responsibility, partnered well with Rishabh Pant and scored much needed 77 runs.
Rishabh Pant made himself the cynosure of all eyes as he changed the complexion of the match completely. He was in a fiery form and smashed 97 runs off 118 balls. His smashing innings included 12 fours and three sixes. With senior player Pujara, he made a 148-run partnership to give the other players to sustain on a solid base.
The saviours of the match- Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin, batted to almost 45 odd overs to prevent losing the match. The partnership extended to a little 62 runs after which the match ended up in a draw.
As the third Test match in Sydney concludes, the series is levelled 1-1 with 1 tied match.
The fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy will be played in Brisbane from January 15.