India put on a gritty performance on Day 5 of the third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground to draw the match and keep the series level at 1-1. After losing their openers on Day 4 and also their skipper Ajinkya Rahane early on Day 5, India were staring down the barrel but Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant bailed them out and offered a glimmer of hope of an unlikely win.
After their dismissal however, the cats were among the pigeons yet again and it looked like the Aussies would demolish the Indian lower order and run away with the game. But, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin offered terrific resistance to ensure India survived for over three hours to seal a draw.
Ponting gets trolled; responds later
In a Question and Answer session organized by 7Cricket’s official Twitter handle, Ricky Ponting was asked what would be a good score for Australia to declare while they were batting during the second innings. While answering the same, the former Australian captain had stated that he India wouldn’t make 200 in the second innings.
However, the prediction turned out to be wrong as India reached 334 and hence, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to share an image from the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League where Rishabh Pant was seen mocking his Delhi Capitals head-coach Ponting during an interview. Incidentally, it was Pant himself who was the reason for India crossing 200 today.
In similar fashion, another former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer posted a reply with a picture that read, “the best time to delete this tweet was immediately after sending it, the second best time is now (sic.)” After the backlash received, Ponting took to Twitter again and wrote, “So much for the prediction of India scoring under 200, this pitch hasn’t deteriorated anywhere near what I was expecting. Like the way Rishabh Pant’s playing, it’s the perfect approach to take in these conditions. And now it’s game on.”
The fourth Test between India and Australia is scheduled to be held in Brisbane from the 15th of January.