India secured a thrilling draw on Day 5 of the third Test against Australia thanks to a determined show by their batters at the Sydney Cricket Ground. When it looked like there was little hope of rescuing the Test after the dismissals of Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara who scored excellent half-centuries, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin came up with a resolute performance.
The duo kept defending each and every ball and focused on survival and survival only. Vihari batted for nearly four hours while Ashwin batted for three hours to see the Aussie bowling attack go wicketless in the entirety of the third session which is a remarkable feat considering it was the final day.
Hero of Day 5, Vihari suffers hamstring injury
While batting along with Cheteshwar Pujara in the 88th over, Pujara struck a delivery to mid-on and called for a quick single. Vihari, responded well and completed the run but hurt his hamstring in the process. He had to receive medical attention and was seen limping and refusing singles after that.
With Ravindra Jadeja who was already injured and ruled out of the series, ready to walk in next with a fractured thumb, Vihari had no choice but to continue batting along with Ravichandran Ashwin or risk exposing the long Indian tail. He did exactly that and in remarkable fashion to lead India to safety. Vihari is now doubtful to take part in the fourth Test at The Gabba.