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India vs Australia, Match Highlights, 3rd Test at Sydney, Day 5: Injured Vihari, Ashwin Bat 258 Balls to Pull off Incredible Draw

India vs Australia, 3rd Test at Sydney, Day 5, Live Scores and Updates:IT'S A DRAW! Ashwin and Vihari have batted out 258 balls in a monumental effort to save this game. Series stays 1-1. Don't forget Rishabh Pant. Don't forget Cheteshwar Pujara. What a game this was. One of the best ever saves from India. Teams shaking hands now. Plenty of chatter and banter in the middle but what a fight and what a contest. Vihari could barely walk, but he has hung in there for 161 balls. Ashwin, out of form with the bat, played 128 balls. Just wow.

India vs Australia (TEST)

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AUS vs IND Cricket Scorecard (TEST)

3rd Test TEST, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney, 07 January, 2021

Australia

1st INN

338/10

(105.4) RR 3.2

2nd INN

312 /6

(87.0) 3.59

Australia Tim Paine (C) (W)
Australia drew with India
India Ajinkya Rahane (C)

India

1st INN

244/10

(100.4) RR 2.42

2nd INN

334 /5

(131.0) RR 2.55

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13:01 (IST)

Tim Paine: The Australian captain blames poor catching, especially by himself. He says the team was feeling confident in the morning, and credits his bowlers for a monumental effort. "Just didn't hold our catches, myself in particular. You've got to cop the blame for that, wear it and move on to Brisbane."

12:57 (IST)

Rahane: Tremendous character. We didn't want to think about the results. Special mention to Vihari and Ashwin. On injuries: Rishabh's alright. Injuries is something we can't control. Physios will take a call on Jadeja. We have to see how Vihari is feeling. We're focusing on the Brisbane Test.

12:55 (IST)

Steve Smith is the Player of the Match.

12:50 (IST)

What a comeback by this team

12:49 (IST)

All's well that ends well.

12:43 (IST)

IT'S A DRAW! Ashwin and Vihari have batted out 258 balls in a monumental effort to save this game. Series stays 1-1. Don't forget Rishabh Pant. Don't forget Cheteshwar Pujara. What a game this was. One of the best ever saves from India. Teams shaking hands now. Plenty of chatter and banter in the middle but what a fight and what a contest. Vihari could barely walk, but he has hung in there for 161 balls. Ashwin, out of form with the bat, played 128 balls. Just wow.

12:36 (IST)

India vs Australia live score, IND 330-5, chasing 407: 12 balls left. 5 wickets left. Safe to shake hands? Australia going for one last effort perhaps. What an incredible fight this from India.

12:31 (IST)

India vs Australia live score, IND 328-5, chasing 407: Overs remaining: 2.5. Ashwin and vihari partnership is now 56 off 247 balls! Incredible stuff.

12:25 (IST)

India vs Australia live score, IND 320-5, chasing 407: Overs remaining: 4! Terrific, terrific stuff from Ashwin and Vihari. This is beyond words. They're on the verge of something very, very special.

12:20 (IST)

Overs left: 5. Wickets left: 5.

12:13 (IST)

India vs Australia live score, IND 319-5, chasing 407: Just 6 overs remaining! Indian fans breathing easier now? Australia not going to give up though.

12:09 (IST)

Currently at SCG:

12:06 (IST)

Dropped!

12:04 (IST)

India vs Australia live score, IND 319-5, chasing 407. DROPPED! Tim Paine has dropped the match? Or a chance at a win! Hanuma Vihari lucky there. Starc found the edge, but Paine dived and made a mess of it. Catch was going to first slip. Meanwhile, Ashwin is telling Vihari in Tamil - 'pathu pathu ball ah aadalaam' (let's take it 10 balls at a time).

11:56 (IST)

Who is going to do this for Australia tonight? Overs left: 10.3

11:46 (IST)

India vs Australia live score, IND 307-5, chasing 407. Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins trying now, but Ashwin and Vihari continue defence. 13 overs remain!

11:34 (IST)

India vs Australia live score, IND 305-5, chasing 407. The ball is starting to reverse swing, and Hazlewood is creating issues for the batsmen. Ashwin survives an over, though, and ends it with a boundary. 15 overs remaining. The last hour starts!

11:23 (IST)

India vs Australia live score, IND 300-5, chasing 407. 300 up for India, but that doesn't matter does it? Vihari has played 106 balls now. A humongous effort considering he is injured. Overs left: 17.

11:18 (IST)

India vs Australia live score, IND 299-5, chasing 407. Marnus Labuschagne with his leg-spin bowling to Ashwin, who continues to defend and defend and defend. Overs left: 18! Can India pull it off?

11:06 (IST)

Matthew Wade having some fun

India vs Australia, Match Highlights, 3rd Test at Sydney, Day 5: Injured Vihari, Ashwin Bat 258 Balls to Pull off Incredible Draw

India vs Australia, 3rd Test at Sydney, Day 5, Live Scores and Updates: IT'S A DRAW! Ashwin and Vihari have batted out 258 balls in a monumental effort to save this game. Series stays 1-1. Don't forget Rishabh Pant. Don't forget Cheteshwar Pujara. What a game this was. One of the best ever saves from India. Teams shaking hands now. Plenty of chatter and banter in the middle but what a fight and what a contest. Vihari could barely walk, but he has hung in there for 161 balls. Ashwin, out of form with the bat, played 128 balls. Just wow.

Day 4 report

Australia dominated Day 4 at the SCG and by the end of it were in a very strong position to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. After batting with intent and scoring at a run rate of above 3.5 in the second innings, Australia declared at 312 for the loss of 6 wickets. India, set 407 for an improbable win, were given a solid start by Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill who put together 71 for the opening-wicket before the latter was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood. Rohit Sharma could not resist a pull shot off the bowling of Pat Cummins and threw away his wicket towards the end of the day. India ended the penultimate day on 98 for 2.

They need another 309 for a win or need to play out an entire day tomorrow to save the game with one batsman short - Ravindra Jadeja who was ruled out of the series with a thumb injury will, in all likelihood not bat in the second innings.

Australia resumed the day at 103 for 2 with their two best batsmen in the middle. Marnus Labuschagne was given an early reprieve when Hanuma Vihari dropped a sitter at square leg off the second ball of the day of the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah. The Australian number 3 was on 47 and went on to score 73 off 118 deliveries putting another century stand with Steven Smith.

Navdeep Saini bowled a better line and length today and was rewarded with the wicket of Labuschagne giving India their first breakthrough of the day. R Ashwin did not allow Steven Smith to score his second hundred of the match, trapping him leg before for 81.

Cameron Green (84 off 132 balls) and Tim Paine added insult to injury by putting together a 100-plus stand for the 6th wicket in less than 20 overs. Australia declared at Tea at 312 for 6 setting India a huge target of 407.

Awaiting ICC's Investigation into SCG Crowd Trouble, Strongest Action to Be Taken Against Offenders - CA

There was again some trouble from the crowd towards the end of the Australian innings. Mohammed Siraj faced the brunt of it and play was halted for a while with the umpires taking control of the situation. Six spectators were asked to leave the stadium and play resumed thereafter.

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill gave India a solid start before the latter got a jaffer of a delivery from Josh Hazlewood which took the edge for a simple catch to Paine behind the stumps.

Rohit played some exquisite shots and scored a fluent fifty but just when his team needed him to curb his natural attacking instincts towards the end of the day he threw his wicket away attempting a pull shot of Cummins. He was dismissed for 52 off 98 deliveries.

It was a wasted opportunity for Rohit. He looked set for a big one and his team desperately needed him to get a big hundred.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane survived a few anxious moments and India ended the day at 98 for 2, still needing another 309 for a win.

With Rohit's departure, however, a win seems out of reach for India. A more realistic possibility would be to play out the entire day on Day 5 and save the Test.

India will be, in all likelihood, without the batting services of Jadeja in the 4th innings thus making their task to save the Test a wee bit more difficult. History will also be against the visitors.

Indian Middle-Order's Lack of Intent On Placid SCG Track Proves Counter-Productive

The team chasing 350-plus in the last innings has lost nearly 73% of the matches of the 500 such instances from the past.

After being criticised for lack of positive intent in the first innings, India, ironically need Pujara to play like Pujara tomorrow. That is their only hope of saving this Test.

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