Many injured players, passion, high morale and hope of saving the match .. All this showed in the third match of the Test series between India and Australia. On the 5th day of the match in Sydney, no one thought that chasing the target of 407 runs, Team India will show such passion and the injured will fight like lions. The match was drawn but the series is still 1–1. After the Sydney Test draw, the series will now be decided in Brisbane where both teams will face face to face in the fourth and final Test from 15 January.
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The Indian players, however, did not give up and saved the match. By the time Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara were present at the crease, the Indian fans were also hopeful of victory but it looked bleak after the wickets fell. Then Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari drew the match despite injury.
Ashwin scored 39 off 128 balls and Vihari scored 23 off 161 balls and both returned unbeaten. Ashwin and Vihari added an unbeaten 62 runs for the sixth wicket.
In the second innings for India, Pant scored 97 runs in 118 balls with 12 fours and 3 sixes. Apart from him, Pujara scored 77 runs off 205 balls with the help of 12 fours. Pant and Pujara (Cheteshwar Pujara) added 148 runs for the fourth wicket in this innings. This is the biggest partnership for India in the fourth innings for the fourth wicket.
Earlier, Rusi Modi and Vijay Hazare had added 139 runs for the fourth wicket in the fourth innings against the West Indies in 1948–49. At the same time, Dilip Vengsarkar and Yashpal Sharma shared 122 runs in 1979 against Pakistan.
For Australia, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon took 2-2 wickets while Pat Cummins got one wicket.
Sydney Test draw, series still equal