India put up a counter-attack through Rishabh Pant as they recovered from the early loss of skipper Ajinkya Rahane to move to 206 for three against Australia at lunch on the fifth day of the third Test here at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Starting the day at 98 for 2, India needed 309 runs to win.
The visitors abandoned any hope of victory but they bravely clung on for the draw with Hanuma Vihari, nursing a hamstring injury, surviving 161 balls for just 23 runs and Ravi Ashwin, who had treatment on his ribs, making 39. We have bowlers who can bowl in the 150s.
Cheteshwar Pujara of India bats during day five of the 3rd Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 11, 2021 in Sydney, Australia.
An absorbing Test was marked by some quality batting, led by Steve Smith's innings of 131 and 81, and Pant's 97, but it will also be remembered for allegations India were racially abused by sections of the crowd, with investigations under way and tough action promised against the culprits. "A special mention to Vihari and Ashwin, the way they batted and showed their character". 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" said Rahane. "The way they batted in the end and showed character was really good to see", Rahane said. "We made that strategy but in the end it is all about the player executing the plan", the stand-in Indian skipper added. "It's was a knock equal to scoring a hundred", Ashwin said. Our bowlers were superb, (Nathan) Lyon bowled well. "Last night, when I went to bed with a sore back, I was just telling myself that "if I can just keep dead batting like how Faf du Plessis did in Adelaide, I can give myself a good chance", Ashwin said in a video posted by BCCI. I think there were some positive signs, and our bowlers tried their hearts out and created plenty of chances.
"Today was a whole-hearted effort from the boys, just that things didn't go our way. I thought Green was fantastic yesterday", he added. "I feel if I was not injured and Puji would have been there for some more time, we would have had a different result, maybe a fabulous win but nonetheless, I feel 10 points out of this is a massive result for us".