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Ind vs Aus: Injured Hanuma Vihari, Ravi Ashwin assist India draw third Australia Check

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  • Australian bowlers threw all the things they’d on the Indian batsmen on a day 5 wicket that didn’t deteriorate as a lot as they’d hoped.
  • Ashwin got here out to bat forward of Ravindra Jadeja, who dislocated his left thumb within the first innings so as to add to India’s lengthy damage checklist.
  • Pant slugged 12 fours and three sixes to take the sport to the Australians.

SYDNEY: A brave and injury-wracked India pulled off a exceptional attract a tense third Check in opposition to Australia Monday as they survived in opposition to the hosts’ much-vaunted bowling assault to take the collection right into a decider.

They resumed day 5 at 98-2, needing an additional 309 runs after being set an enormous 407 to win when Australia declared their second innings at tea Sunday on 312 for six.

No group had ever bettered 288 to clinch victory within the fourth innings on the Sydney Cricket Floor, with Australia attaining that mark in opposition to South Africa in 2006.

However India gave it an enormous go, passing 288 within the ultimate session to fray the nerves of Australian group throwing all the things they’d at them.

The guests deserted any hope of victory however they bravely clung on for the draw with Hanuma Vihari, nursing a hamstring damage, surviving 161 balls for simply 23 runs and Ravi Ashwin, who had remedy on his ribs, making 39.

They steered India to 334 for 5 on the shut, 73 runs adrift.

Their resistance was constructed on the again of an explosive 97 from Rishabh Pant and a sometimes gritty 77 from Cheteshwar Pujara, who handed 6,000 Check runs, but additionally helped by wicketkeeper Tim Paine dropping three catches.

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It culminated an absorbing Check marked by some prime quality batting, led by Steve Smith’s 131 and Pant’s 97, and razor-sharp fielding.

However it would even be remembered for allegations India have been racially abused by sections of the Sydney Cricket Floor crowd, with investigations underway and hard motion promised in opposition to anybody at fault.

After Australia received the primary Check in Adelaide by eight wickets then India bounced again in Melbourne by the identical margin, the collection now heads to Brisbane later this week for the ultimate chapter.

It is going to be a depleted India once more on the Gabba, with quick bowlers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav and batsmen KL Rahul out injured and query marks over all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who dislocated his thumb in Sydney.

– Twenty20-style –

Australia eliminated openers Shubman Gill for 31 and Rohit Sharma for 52 earlier than stumps on day 4, and when Nathan Lyon accounted for captain Ajinkya Rahane with out including to his in a single day 4 in Monday’s second over the tip appeared nigh.

However Pant, who took a nasty blow to his elbow whereas batting within the first innings and didn’t hold wicket on Sunday, surprisingly got here in at quantity 5 forward of Vihari and produced some fireworks.

He got here to the wicket with no strapping on his harm elbow and, after settling in and surviving a missed catch by Tim Paine on three, started to hit out, smacking a 4 and a six off Lyon on consecutive balls.

Batting in Twenty20-style, he then clobbered two extra sixes in a row off Lyon earlier than mentioning his third Check 50 off simply 64 balls.

Paine dropped him once more on 56, each occasions off Lyon.

He stored the scoreboard ticking over after lunch and a 3rd Check century appeared imminent just for the 23-year-old to throw his bat one time too many, caught by Pat Cummins off Lyon.

His wicket shattered a 148-run partnership with Pujara, who resumed the day on 9 and slowly reached a second consecutive 50.

Within the course of he introduced up 6,000 profession runs, the eleventh Indian to realize the feat, earlier than being bowled by Josh Hazlewood.

That left Vihari and Ashwin to climate the storm and pull off an unlikely draw, so exhausted that they gave up working between the wicket on the finish.

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