Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin batted collectively for 42.four overs throughout two classes on Day 5 to help India eke out a draw within the third Test against Australia in Sydney. The groups will now go to Brisbane for the fourth and closing Take a look at with the sequence stage 1-1 and every little thing to play for. Beginning the day at 98 for two, India wanted 309 runs to win. Cheteshwar Pujara’s affected person 77 off 205 balls and Rishabh Pant’s whirlwind 97 off 118 gave India hopes for some time however their wickets and a hamstring harm to Vihari compelled India to close store. India skipper Ajinkya Rahane mentioned the workforce did not take into consideration the end result once they got here out to bat on the ultimate day.
“Our speak coming this morning was to point out character and battle until the tip. Not to consider the end result,” Rahane mentioned after the match.
“Actually pleased with the best way we fought particularly in the present day but in addition all through the sport, even within the first innings when Australia have been 200 for two and getting all of them out for 338 was actually good.”
The Indian captain heaped reward on Vihari and Ashwin, who, within the face of some intense scrutiny by the Australian pacers and a few verbal volleys by close-in fielders, saved their calms and batted by way of the ultimate session.
“There are few areas we are able to enhance on however particular point out to Vihari and Ashwin. The best way they batted ultimately and confirmed character was actually good to see,” Rahane mentioned.
Australia captain Tim Paine rued the dropped catches – three of them dropped by Paine himself – whereas lauding the bowlers for creating wicket-taking alternatives.
Wicket-keeper Paine dropped Pant twice after which grassed Vihari within the closing moments of the day.
“I assumed we created sufficient possibilities to win the sport, this one’s a tricky one to swallow. Our bowlers have been very good, (Nathan) Lyon bowled properly. Simply that we (particularly me) did not maintain onto our catches,” Paine mentioned after the match.
Wanting on the positives from the Take a look at, Paine mentioned: “We did not play our greatest within the final two video games, however we have been considerably good with the bat on this Take a look at. There have been a number of positives for us, our bowlers created loads of possibilities.
“At present was a whole-hearted effort from the boys, simply that issues did not go our approach.”
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