India vs Australia: Gritty India secure thrilling draw on Day 5

Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin came up with crucial knocks.


India secured a thrilling draw in the third Test thanks to determined and dogged batting to ensure the Test series against Australia remained locked at 1-1 heading into the final Test. In a fascinating final day’s play that saw Test cricket at its finest, each Indian batter contributed hugely in ensuring Australia didn’t go 2-1 up in the series.

Beginning the day on 98/2, with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane at the crease, India started steadily but lost the latter off Nathan Lyon‘s bowling. The injured Rishabh Pant then walked in to join Pujara with the Australians firmly in front. But the duo put on a commanding partnership to cause jitters in the Aussie camp.

Pant falls three short of a hundred; Ashwin-Vihari rescue India

Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara

The partnership between Pujara and Pant was wonderfully in contrast. With the former defending every ball, the latter went after the bowlers. An Indian win didn’t seem far away when the duo were at the crease having scored half-centuries. However, Australia struck twice quickly to remove both batters – Pant for 97 off Lyon’s bowling and Pujara for 77 bowled by a Josh Hazlewood beauty.

With more than 40 overs to negotiate, India seemed down and out and started to play for a draw with Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin at the crease. Ravindra Jadeja with a fractured thumb was padded up and ready to walk in at the fall of a wicket. But the wicket never arrived for Australia. Vihari and Ashwin displayed marvelous spirit to keep the Aussie bowlers at bay. The duo defended each and every ball that came their way, rode their luck and most importantly, survived the entire day.

Ashwin and Vihari batted for over three hours together and survived in excess of 250 deliveries. It was a mind-blowing show of character that helped India escape unscathed. It all boils down now to the fourth and final Test in Brisbane on the 15th of January.


Australia – 1st innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Will Pucovskilbw b Saini62110
David Warnerc Pujara b Siraj58
Marnus Labuschagnec Rahane b Jadeja91196
Steve Smithrun out (Jadeja)131226
Matthew Wadec Bumrah b Jadeja1316
Cameron Greenlbw b Bumrah021
Tim Paineb Bumrah110
Pat Cumminsb Jadeja013
Mitchell Starcc Gill b Saini2430
Nathan Lyonlbw b Jadeja03
Josh Hazlewoodnot out16

Total – 338 all-out in 105.4 overs

Jasprit Bumrah25.4662
Mohammed Siraj25671
Ravichandran Ashwin24740
Navdeep Saini13652
Ravindra Jadeja18624

India – 1st innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rohit Sharmac & b Hazlewood2677
Shubman Gillc Green b Cummins50101
Cheteshwar Pujarac Paine b Cummins50176
Ajinkya Rahaneb Cummins2270
Hanuma Viharirun out(Hazlewood)438
Rishabh Pantc Warner b Hazlewood3667
Ravindra Jadejanot out2837
Ravichandran Ashwinrun out (Cummins/Labuschagne)1015
Navdeep Sainic Wade b Starc313
Jasprit Bumrahrun out (Labuschagne)02
Mohammed Sirajc Paine b Cummins610

Total – 244 all-out in 100.4 overs

Mitchell Starc19611
Josh Hazlewood21432
Pat Cummins21.4294
Nathan Lyon31870
Marnus Labuschagne3110
Cameron Green5110

Australia – 2nd innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
David Warnerlbw b Ashwin1329
Will Pucovskic (sub) Saha b Siraj1016
Marnus Labuschagnec (sub) Saha b Saini73118
Steve Smithlbw b Ashwin2963
Matthew Wadec (sub) Saha b Saini411
Cameron Greenc (sub) Saha b Bumrah84132
Tim Painenot out3952

Total – 312/6 decl in 87 overs

Japsrit Bumrah21681
Mohammed Siraj25901
Navdeep Saini16542
Ravichandran Ashwin25952

India – 2nd innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rohit Sharmac Starc b Cummins5298
Shubman Gillc Paine b Hazlewood3164
Cheteshwar Pujarab Hazlewood77205
Ajinkya Rahanec Wade b Lyon418
Rishabh Pantc Cummins b Lyon97118
Hanuma Viharinot out23161
Ravichandran Ashwinnot out39128

Total – 334/5 in 131 overs

Mitchell Starc22660
Josh Hazlewood26392
Pat Cummins26721
Nathan Lyon461142
Cameron Green7310
Marnus Labuschagne490

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