The third Test draw of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy played between India and Australia in Sydney. Injured Hanuma Vihari played an unbeaten 23-run innings in 161 balls and destroyed the intentions of Australia’s victory.
For India, his injured players did wonders in this match. Battling the hamstring injury, Hanuma Vihari scored an unbeaten 23-run knock in 161 balls. At the same time, Rishabh Pant, who was injured on the ball of Pat Cummins in the first innings, scored 97 runs in 118 balls. Both of these changed the spirit of victory of Australia.
Apart from this, R Ashwin also played an important role in saving India from defeat. Ashwin played an unbeaten innings of 39 runs in 128 balls. After four years in Test cricket, Ashwin has played more than 100 balls in an innings.
In the fourth innings, India needed 407 runs to win, but after the dismissals of Rohit Sharma (52) and Shubman Gill (31) on the fourth day, Australia’s victory seemed certain. After this, India lost the wicket of captain Ajinkya Rahane in the opening six overs game on the fifth day. Rahane could not add a single to the score on the fourth day and returned to the pavilion for four runs.
After the dismissal of Rahane, it seemed as if Australia would win the match in two sessions. But after this Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant shared a 148-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin took the work of these two to the end. Vihari scored an unbeaten 23 off 161 balls and Ashwin scored an unbeaten 39 off 128 balls and shared the match by scoring 62 runs.
Australia declared their second innings for 312 runs at the loss of six wickets and gave India a strong target. With this draw, the four-match Test series is on par with 1-1.
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