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India vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 5 Highlights: Match drawn, thanks to Hanuma Vihari-R Ashwin

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 3rd Test Day 5 Highlights: The series stands at 1-1 going into the fourth Test in Brisbane but an Indian team which has turned into a 'mini-hospital' would be walking away with a lot of pride.

Updated: January 11, 2021 2:03:31 pm
India vs Australia, Day 5 of Sydney TestInd vs Aus 4th Test Live Streaming: India and Australia will face each other in the fourth Test at Brisbane on Friday. (AP)

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 3rd Test Day 5 Highlights: A resolute Ravichandran Ashwin and a hamstrung Hanuma Vihari battled pain and a hostile Australian bowling attack while displaying the largely extinct art of Test-saving batsmanship to snatch a remarkable draw for India after Rishabh Pant raised visions of an improbable win at Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.

Earlier, Australia was firmly on course for a victory in the third Test after getting rid of a dangerous Rishabh Pant and the rock-steady Cheteshwar Pujara, reducing India to 280 for 5 at Tea in pursuit of 407.

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India now needs 107 runs to win but, in all probability, will be looking to survive in the final session of the match to salvage a draw. Pant (97) and Pujara (77) added 148 runs for the fourth wicket in an amazing counter-attacking partnership before their dismissals put India in a spot with an injured Hanuma Vihari (4 batting) in the company of Ravichandran Ashwin (7 batting) engaged in an arduous battle.

Earlier on Day 4, openers Shubman Gill (31) and Rohit Sharma (52) were winkled out by the Australian pace attack in the final session, leaving Cheteshwar Pujara, who had scored nine not out, and skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who was unbeaten on four, to continue the fight. With no rain forecast for Monday, the tourists face a long day batting on a deteriorating wicket if they are to avoid going 2-1 down in the series before they head to Brisbane for the final Test.

Australia v India Test Series 2020/2021

3rd Test, SCG, Sydney, 06 Jan, 2021

IND 244 / 10 (100.4)


AUS 338 / 10 (105.4)

IND 334 / 5 (131.0)

2nd Inn

AUS 312 / 6 (87.0)

Hanuma Vihari23 161
Ravichandran Ashwin39 128
Mitchell Starc22.0 66 0
Josh Hazlewood26.0 39 2

India need 73 runs to win

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The series stands at 1-1 going into the fourth Test in Brisbane

13:07 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Tim Paine admits mistake

"I thought we created enough chances to win the game, this one's a tough one to swallow. Our bowlers were superb, Lyon bowled well. Just that we (especially me) didn't hold onto our catches. Looking forward to Brisbane. We didn't play our best in the last two games, but we were somewhat good with the bat in this Test. There were a few positives for us, our bowlers created plenty of chances. Today was a whole-hearted effort from the boys, just that things didn't go our way. I think having two young kids (Pucovski and Green) playing Test cricket, it's a great thing as they were sensational. I thought Green was fantastic yesterday."

13:04 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Here's what the proud skipper Rahane says:

"Our talk coming this morning was to show character and fight till the end. Not to think about the result. Really happy with the way we fought especially today but also throughout the game, even in the first innings when Australia were 200 for 2 and getting them all out for 338 was really good. There are few areas we can improve on but special mention to Vihari and Ashwin. The way they batted in the end and showed character was really good to see. Credit to him (Pant). We made that strategy but in the end it is all about the player executing the plan."

12:58 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Steve Smith - The Player of the match

Steve Smith says: "India fought really hard. Our bowlers did their hardest. We felt few kept a low on day three, but there was not much today. Always means a lot when you score a hundred for your country. Looking forward to play the next Test in a few days time. Absorbed the pressure when needed to, just watched the ball hard and concentrated well."

12:57 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Hanuma Vihari-R Ashwin draw it

With their over three and a half hour-long stay in the middle, Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin snatched a victory from the hosts. Both batted till the end and deprived Australia the victory. 

12:36 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Here's what the legend says
12:32 (IST)11 Jan 2021
50-run partnership

Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin reached their historic 52-run partnership off 247 balls. Three overs to go from here. Hanuma Vihari has survived the Aussie attack for more than 3.5 hours. 

12:29 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Most overs played by India in 4th innings

More than 125 overs in the fourth innings. This is most number of overs India have faced in the fourth innings of an away Test since 1980.

12:21 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Five overs to go

Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin are all set to create history here at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Day 5 of the third Test. India are just a five overs away from saving the Test and taking the series 1-1 to the fourth and final Test at Brisbane starting from January 15. 

12:11 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Tim Paine drops Hanuma

Australian skipper Tim Paine, who was busy in sledging R Ashwin, dropped an easy catch of Hanuma Vihari. This is his third drop today. Vihari pushes at it and gets a thick outside edge. The keeper dives to his right and goes for a one-handed catch, but shells it. While on the other hand, India batsmen Vihari and Ashwin continue to remain resolute. 8 overs to survive.

12:02 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Things heating up in the middle!

Words exchanged between Tim Paine and Ashwin in the last over. Been a mental for a long time now this! Ashwin to Paine : “when you come to India that will be your last series”.  Score after 122 overs, IND- 319/5

11:55 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Four for Vihari!

How many times have you seen a batsman batting on 124 balls, doubling his score in one over? Hanuma Vihari, take a bow. What an innings this has been, batting on one leg. Score after 121 overs, IND- 319/5 | 88 needed off 11 overs

11:50 (IST)11 Jan 2021
12 overs to go

Australia still searching for five wickets and a bit of frustration creeping in. Watch- 

11:40 (IST)11 Jan 2021
15 overs to go

Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin have negotiated over 200 balls between them. Very matured innings Vihari..takes lots of guts to play this innings against those Aussie quickies. A display of real grit from both the batsman. Score after 118 overs, IND- 305/5 | India need 102 more runs to win

11:30 (IST)11 Jan 2021
IND fight on

Vihari 7* (108) gets a run after what seems like an eternity while giving him company is  Ashwin 24* (85). Holding the fort for India. Vihari batting with a hamstring injury, Ashwin batting after getting a blow near the ribcage. Australia looking for wickets to wrap it up but India won't give in yet. Score after 116 overs, IND- 301/5 | India need 106 more runs to win

11:22 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Last hour of play!

An interesting passage of play as both batsmen continue to show great character in the middle. Vihari is digging deep here with 6 off 100 balls. Did you know this is the second-lowest strike-rate facing 100 balls or more in Test innings?  Score after 112 overs, IND- 299/5 | India need 108 more runs to win

11:15 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Change in attack for Australia!

Marnus Labuschagne with his leg-spin is back into the attack. Remember, he picked up the ninth wicket during the 2019 Ashes series at Manchester. Will he do the job for the Aussies today? Not really, as Ashwin plays a quiet over. Score after 112 overs, IND- 299/5 | India need 108 more runs to win

11:01 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Back to back boundaries!

Ashwin drives one pitched up delivery towards mid-off and the next one is hit past the backward point. Welcome runs for India. Score after 108 overs, IND- 299/5 | India need 108 more runs to win

10:54 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Fans speak:

"Pitch tampering, sledging, and now nasty bodyline bowling. Like 2 Harold Larwoods bowling from both ends. Also, if DRS wasn't available, we were done by now. If India saves this Test, I would rate it equivalent to 3 wins," says Shweta on Twitter.

10:53 (IST)11 Jan 2021
A Statement of Grit
10:50 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Jadeja is ready!


Australia Squad: Playing- David Warner, Will Pucovski, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (c & wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

India Squad: Playing- Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini

Bench: Mayank Agarwal, T Natarajan, Wriddhiman Saha, Kuldeep Yadav, Prithvi Shaw

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