Vihari (23 not out off 161) and Ashwin (39 not out off 128), who got together in the 89th over of India’s second innings, wore down Australia by batting for more than 42 overs. India ended up with 334 for five in 131 overs.
Starting the day at 98 for two and needing 309 for victory, Cheteshwar Pujara (77 off 205) and Rishabh Pant (97 off 118) kept the fight going for India with a 148-run stand after losing skipper Ajinkya Rahane (4) early.
Vihari, who was limping for major part of his innings due to a hamstring injury, and Ashwin kept the Australians at bay with a marathon match-saving effort. The duo batted for 42.4 overs.
The series remains tied at 1-1 going into the fourth and final Test, beginning at the Gabba on January 15.
Brief scores: Australia 338 and 312/6 decl
India 244 and (target 407) 334/5 in 131 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 77, Rishabh Pant 97, Hanuma Vihari 28 no, R Ashwin 39 no; Josh Hazlewood 2/33, Nathan Lyon 2/114).
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1:07 PM IST: Ajinkya Rahane, India captain: Our talk coming this morning was to show character and fight till the end. Really happy with the way we fought especially today but also throughout the game.
1:04 PM IST: Australia captain Tim Paine: I thought we created enough chances to win the game. But just that we didn’t hold onto our catches. We haven’t been our best in the last two games
1:00 PM IST: Steve Smith is the player of the match and here’s what he had to say after the match : India fought really hard. We felt few kept a low on day three, but there was not much today. Looking forward to play the next Test . It always means a lot when you score a hundred.
12:55 PM IST: India batted for 131 overs to draw this match. This is the most number of overs India have batted in a Test match’s fourth innings since 1980.
12:41 PM IST: It’s a DRAW. They are shaking ahnds India have drawn this match.
Australia 338 and 312/6 d; India 244 and 334/5 (131) Hanuma Vihari 23 (161 balls), Ravichandran Ashwin 39 (128 Balls)
Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin denied Australia for close to 4 hours adding 62 of 256 balls for the 6th wicket
12:40 PM IST: Mitchell Starc to continue. 6 balls left in the day after this. Hanuma Vihari defends well and it’s over. 6 balls to go for India to draw
12:36 PM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack. Ravichandran Ashwin hits the first ball for four. A ball later Ashwin takes 2 runs. Hazlewood beats Ashwin outside off. Everything happening but Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari have shown nerves of steel. India survive and are now 12 balls away from a draw
India 330/5 (130 overs) R Ashwin 39, Hanuma Vihari 19, Need 77 to win
12:26 PM IST: Mitchell Starc to continue. First ball defended well by Hanuma Vihari, 2nd ball blocked. Third ball goes towards long-on but no run taken. Vihari hits a four of the last ball
50-run partnership between Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin, India 324/5, Need 83 runs; 3 Overs left in the day
12:23 PM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack. Ravichandran Ashwin gets hit on the pad but an inside edge save him. Australia are still searching for wicket. They have dropped 4 chances today. Maiden Over. 4 overs to go
12:18 PM IST: Mitchell Starc to continue. He has seen a chance dropped of his bowling. Another chance but the ball doesn’t carry. Hanuma Vihari now has faced 148 balls for 15 runs.
India 320/5 (127 overs) R Ashwin 33, Hanuma Vihari 15, Need 87 to win
12:14 PM IST: Nathan Lyon finished another over and India have dropped anchor. They are not looking for runs but defending. 6 overs to go after that
India 319/5 (126 overs) R Ashwin 33, Hanuma Vihari 15, Need 88 to win
12:09 PM IST: Mitchell Starc to continue. This is the longest India has batted in fourth innings in Australia. Tim Paine has dropped three catches today. Two off Rishabh Pant and now one of Hanuma Vihari. Full outside off almost took an edge but as has been the story today. India Survive
India 319/5 (125 overs) R Ashwin 33, Hanuma Vihari 15, Need 88 to win
12:06 PM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. India have dug in their heels and are surviving.
8 OVERS LEFT IN THE DAY; India 319/5 (124)
12:03 PM IST: Mitchell Starc into the attack. 10 overs to go. Two slips, short leg to create pressure. Hanuma Vihari edges and it’s dropped by Tim Paine. What a moment in this match. India survive
India 319/5 (123 overs) R Ashwin 33, Hanuma Vihari 15, Need 88 to win
11:58 AM IST: Lot of chatter around the stumps now. Nathan Lyon into the attack with slip, leg slip, short leg, silly point all looking for a catch. Tim Paine having a word with Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin pulled out twice with Lyon in delivery stride. India survive
India 319/5 (122 overs) R Ashwin 33, Hanuma Vihari 15, Need 88 to win
11:52 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. Hanuma Vihari upper cuts and gets four. Next ball slow bouncer Vihari ducks. Vihari edges one to four now. Runs are flowing again for India. These two have added 47 of 197 balls.
India 319/5 (121 overs) R Ashwin 33, Hanuma Vihari 15, Need 88 to win
11:46 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Ravichandran Ashwin hits a four through covers. Huge appeal for lbw, but turned down.
India 311/5 (120 overs) R Ashwin 33, Hanuma Vihari 7, Need 96 to win
11:45 AM IST: Pat Cummins into the attack. Silly point, Short leg, slip and short cover around the stumps. R Ashwin gets a single of the first ball. Hanuma Vihari is batting on 7 of 120 balls. India get one run of no ball. These two have added 35 of 186 balls.
India 307/5 (119 overs) R Ashwin 29, Hanuma Vihari 7, Need 100 to win
11:40 AM IST: Last 15 overs of the Test match. Nathan Lyon to start the attack and Australia’s search for a wicket with slip, leg slip, short leg and silly point. India survive another over
India 305/5 (118 overs) R Ashwin 28, Hanuma Vihari 7, Need 102 to win
11:29 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack. Hazlewood comes around the wicket to bowl a yorker. Ashwin hits it for FOUR.
India 305/5 (117 overs) R Ashwin 28, Hanuma Vihari 7, Need 102 to win
11:26 AM IST: Cameron Green into the attack. 1 run of the over 16 overs left in the day
11:22 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack. Hanuma Vihari takes a single to bring 300-runs on the board for India
India 300/5 (115 overs) R Ashwin 24, Hanuma Vihari 7, Need 107 to win
11:15 AM IST: Marnus Labuschagne into the attack. 2 Slips and a silly point in place. Ravichandran Ashwin survives. Maiden Over, 18 overs left in the day
11:14 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack. A leg side field with short leg and a slip. Hanuma Vihari is now being peppered with short balls. Vihari has now survived 100 balls since that hamstring injury. He has added 6 runs
India 299/5 (113 overs) R Ashwin 24, Hanuma Vihari 6, Need 108 to win
11:08 AM IST: Marnus Labschagne into the attack. Bowls a maiden. India get one more over out of the way. 19 overs to go
11:06 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack now. Australia are hoping to strike a wicket. India have been fighting back. They haven’t given up yet. Hazlewood picked the biggest wicket of the day when he clean bowled Cheteshwar Pujara.
Hanuma Vihari is on 6 of 94 balls. 21 overs left in the day
India 299/5 (111 overs) R Ashwin 24, Hanuma Vihari 6, Need 108 to win
11:03 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Another maiden over
11:00 AM IST: Mitchell Starc to continue. Bowls a maiden, 23 overs left in the day
10:55 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to Ravichandran Ashwin. Four after such a long time. Ashwin punches it through mid-off. Next ball four again. This time through point. 8 runs from the over
India 299/5 (108 overs) R Ashwin 24, Hanuma Vihari 6, Need 108 to win
10:50 AM IST: Mitchell Starc to continue and India keep fighting. Australia are looking for wickets. Short Leg, slips and short cover in place. Australia need just one catch then India will be down to injured Ravindra Jadeja and the tailenders
25 Overs Left, India 291/5 (107 overs) R Ashwin 16, Hanuma Vihari 6, Need 116 to win
10:45 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. Australia go up in huge appeal for lbw against Hanuma Vihari. Not given but Australia don’t go for review. They have just one review left. A maiden over
10:42 AM IST: Mitchell Starc into the attack. 27 Overs left for the day. Hanuma Vihari limps for a single and R Ashwin is peppered with short balls again. He is defending well despite some hostile bowling
India 290/5 (105 overs) R Ashwin 15, Hanuma Vihari 6, Need 117 to win
10:38 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. Ravichandran Ashwin surrounded by close in fielders does well to block and defend. A maiden over 28 overs remaining in the day
10:35 AM IST: Pat Cummins into the attack. Bowls a maiden
India 289/5 (103 overs) R Ashwin 15, Hanuma Vihari 5, Need 118 to win
10:30 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack, gives way 1 run. India need 118 to win
10:25 AM IST: Pat Cummins to Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin is taking body blows now. One ball hit his shoulder. This one has hit him on the ribs. Physio out again. Ashwin manages to get a four of the second last ball.
India 288/5 (101overs) R Ashwin 15, Hanuma Vihari 4, Need 119 to win
10:20 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood to continue. Australia are creating a bit of pressure on India. Runs are getting harder to come by. Just a single of this over
India 284/5 (100 overs) R Ashwin 11, Hanuma Vihari 4, Need 123 to win
10:16 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. Bowls a good over, India add 1-run to their total
10:12 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack. 34 overs to go after this. India are hanging by thread. Hanuma Vihari is struggling so quick singles are out of question. Ashwin is trying to survive a barrage of short balls. Gets a single of last ball
India 282/5 R Ashwin 9, Hanuma Vihari 4, Need 125 to win
10:07 AM IST: Pat Cummins starts with a short ball to R Ashwin. Ashwin fends it awkwardly and Tim Paine takes a diving catch. Given out by umpire . Ashwin reviews and survives. Ball hit the arm guard. Another short ball and Ashwin is hit on the shoulder.
India 281/5 R Ashwin 8, Hanuma Vihari 4, Need 126 to win
10:00 AM IST: We are back. Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin walk out into the middle. Pat Cummins to start for Australia
9:39 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Hanuma Vihari is struggling to run. He has hurt his hamstring. R Ashwin is at the other end
India 280/5 R Ashwin 7, Hanuma Vihari 4, Nathan Lyon 2/101, Josh Hazlewood 2/26; Need 127 to win
9:35 AM IST: Mitchell Starc to continue. Looks like India are now looking to defend.
Here’s what happened when Rishabh Pant was batting. Did an Aussie come and scuff the batsmen’s guard. Watch
After drinks break Aussie comes to shadow bat and scuffs out the batsmen’s guard marks.
— Cricket Badger (@cricket_badger) January 11, 2021
9:34 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Back-to-back maiden overs for Australia
India 279/5 (94) Hanuma Vihari 4, R Ashwin 6, Need 128
9:30 AM IST: Mitchell Starc into the attack. Bowls a maiden
9:22 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. R Ashwin tries to defend. The ball balloons in the air and is caught at short leg. Australia go up in huge appeal, given not out. Review also suggests the same. Ashwin survives. Next ball hits a four.
India 279/5 (92) Hanuma Vihari 4, R Ashwin 6, Need 128
9:21 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood bowls a maiden as Australia build up pressure.
9:15 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack 2 runs of this over as India try and rebuild. But with Hanuma Vihari struggling with hamstring injury, it looks like an uphill task for India.
9:08 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack. HUGE WICKET!!! A length ball angled in hold it’s line. Dislodges the bails. 1 run and a wicket came of this over
Cheteshwar Pujara b Hazlewood 77 (205b, 12×4). India 272/5 (88.2) Hanuma Vihari 3, Need 135
9:05 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Cheteshwar Pujara takes a quick single but looks like Hanuma Vihari has hurt his hamstring. Physio is out to check on Vihari. We are back after treatment.
India 272/4 (88 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 77, Hanuma Vihari 3, Need 135
8:59 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack. Cheteshwar Pujara edges the first ball. But soft hands mean ball goes past the second slip for four.
India 271/4 (87 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 76, Hanuma Vihari 3, Need 136
8:51 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. Lyon has created chances but has been unlucky as Australia have dropped a few. India add 2 runs to their total
India 266/4 (85 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 71, Hanuma Vihari 3, Need 141
8:50 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. Hanuma Vihari is off the mark. The next hour crucial for both sides. 2 runs came of this over
India 264/4 (85 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 71, Hanuma Vihari 1, Need 143
8:43 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood to continue. Maiden over and time for DRINKS
8:38 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. Cheteshwar Pujara hits three consecutive fours. First one is full and Pujara drives it straight. Second four is cracked through covers. Third four is through mid-on. 12 runs of the over. Lead now under 150.
India 262/4 (83 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 70, Hanuma Vihari 0, Need 145
8:34 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack. Back-to-back maiden for Australia
8:31 AM IST: Second new ball taken and it’s Pat Cummins into the attack. Australia know they have a chance. Cummins gets the ball to come in sharply. Bowls a maiden
8:25 AM IST: A HUGE WICKET FOR AUSTRALIA. A wicket maiden for Nathan Lyon
Rishabh Pant c Pat Cummins b Nathan Lyon 97 (118b, 12×4, 3×6) India 250/4 (80) Cheteshwar Pujara 58
8:20 AM IST: Cameron Green into the attack and Cheteshwar Pujara welcomes the youngster with a four. Partnership is now worth 148. Australia are eying new ball which is an over away now.
India 250/3 (79 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 58, Rishabh Pant 97, Need 157
8:16 AM IST: Nathan Lyon is going for runs. And Rishabh Pant is now eying his century. Two fours of consecutive balls and Pant is just 3 runs away from century
India 246/3 (78 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 54, Rishabh Pant 97, Need 161
8:09 AM IST: Cameron Green to continue. Rishabh Pant hits two fours in this over. 8 runs of this over
India 236/3 (77 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 52, Rishabh Pant 88, Need 172
8:08 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue.
Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his half-century with a four. Flicks it off his pads for a boundary. Pujara 51 (171b, 7×4); India 227/3 (76), Rishabh Pant 80
8:04 AM IST: Cameron Green into the attack. Six overs to go for the second new ball. Green is pulled for 3 runs by Rishabh Pant. 5 runs of the over
India 223/3 (75 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 48, Rishabh Pant 80, Need 184
8:00 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. 1 run from this over. Lyon figures are 27-8-76-1
7:56 AM IST: Mitchell Starc to continue. Cheteshwar Pujara hits the first ball for four over slips. 6 runs of the over
A single brings up 6,000 Test Match runs for Pujara
India 217/3 (73 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 47, Rishabh Pant 76, Need 190
7:52 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. 2 runs of the over. India have started well post lunch. They have been positive and have kept the scoreboard ticking
7:48 AM IST: Mitchell Starc hits Rishabh Pant on helmet of a well-directed short ball. Physio is out to check on Pant. 3 runs came of this over. Target now is under 200 runs.
India 209/3 (71 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 41, Rishabh Pant 74, Need 198
7:40 AM IST: We are back for the second session. Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant are in the middle. Mitchell Starc to start
7:12 AM IST: It’s LUNCH
Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant have added 104 runs for the fifth wicket. Australia have dropped a few chances today, especially of Nathan Lyon. But India have looked positive. Two more sessions to go.
We’ve got a great contest on our hands! India three down at lunch #AUSvIND
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 11, 2021
7:02 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. Cheteshwar Pujara pads the third ball away. But next ball rocks back and hits a four through covers
India 206/3 (70 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 41, Rishabh Pant 73, Need 201
6:59 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue and bowls a maiden
6:56 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Cheteshwar Pujara steps out and pads the ball away. And next ball steps out again to hit a four
India 202/3 (68 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 37, Rishabh Pant 73, Need 205
6:52 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. With Rishabh Pant attacking, Cheteshwar Pujara has been given a bit of breathing space. He is getting nicely behind the line of the ball while defending. 10 minutes to go for Lunch. India will be happy if they don’t lose a wicket here.
India 197/3 (67 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 33, Rishabh Pant 72, Need 210
6:47 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. An edge of Cheteshwar Pujara but it doesn’t carry to slip. Just one run from this over
6:44 AM IST: Pat Cummins into the attack. He is coming around the wicket to Rishabh Pant. Pant hits a four of the second last ball through extra cover
India 196/3 (64 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 32, Rishabh Pant 72, Need 211
6:38 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. He is getting the ball to turn, hits Cheteshwar Pujara on pads and Australia go up in huge appeal. Turned down by the umpire, Australia don’t go for review. Replays show the ball was missing stumps. It’s a maiden over
6:35 AM IST: Mitchell Starc to continue. Rishabh Pant hits the first ball for four through covers. And it’s a no ball. Pant pulls the last ball for four. India take 13 runs from the over
India 192/3 (63 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 32, Rishabh Pant 68, Need 215
6:29 AM IST: Nathan Lyon has bowled another good over. He has seen a catch go down of his bowling. Just one run of this over
6:26 AM IST: Mitchell Starc into the attack. 1 run from the over
India 179/3 (62 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 29, Rishabh Pant 59, Need 220
6:23 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Just a single from this over. A catch dropped of the first ball by Tim Paine. The ball hits the glove and goes down. Rishabh Pant survives.
6:17 AM IST: Cameron Green into the attack. 1 run from the over.
6:12 AM IST: Mitchell Strac to continue. Rishabh Pant hits four of the first ball through point. Next ball is short but Pant manages to keep it down and takes a single.
India 173/3 (58 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 27, Rishabh Pant 55, Need 234
6:08 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. First ball for a SIX!!!, steps out and hits it over long-off. Next ball another SIX. A single of the next ball and it’s Fifty Up for Rishabh Pant 50 (64 b, 4×4, 3×6). He has looked to attack Lyon and has succeeded so far. He is forcing Australia to change strategy.
India 168/3 (57 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 27, Rishabh Pant 50, Need 239 to win the match
Pant’s enjoying himself out there now!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 11, 2021
6:04 AM IST: Mitchell Starc into the attack. Starts with maiden
6:00 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. Rishabh Pant has looked to attack Lyon. But this time bowler wins and manages to bowl a maiden
India 155/3 (55 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 27, Rishabh Pant 37, Need 252 to win the match
5:56 AM IST: We are back and Marnus Labuschagne to continue. 3 runs from the over
5:48 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood to continue. Rishabh Pant edges the first ball for four through vacant second slip. Pant’s approach has forced Australia to change the field. Pant pulls and adds three runs to the total. That brings up 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket for India
India 152/3 (53 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 26, Rishabh Pant 35, Need 255 to win the match
5:41 AM IST: Marnus Labuschagne into the attack and starts with a no ball for overstepping. He is getting the ball to turn. Last ball of the over is a full toss and is driven for four by Cheteshwar Pujara.
India 144/3 (52 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 26, Rishabh Pant 28
5:40 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood to continue. He is getting the ball to reverse swing a little. A well directed short ball has Cheteshwar Pujara fending. The ball lands safely. Another maiden for Hazlewood. His figures are 12-6-12-1
5:35 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Rishabh Pant has now decided to attack Lyon. Third ball goes for four through covers and the next ball is hit straight back for four.
India 138/3 (50 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 22, Rishabh Pant 27
5:32 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood to continue. Hazlewood has settled into a nice rhythm. He is making the ball come in. Cheteshwar Pujara is as watchful as one can be. 1 run from the over
5:28 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Rishabh Pant is beaten of the first ball. Second ball Pant takes two runs. Enough of patience from Pant, jumps down the track for a four over mid-on. Next ball again Pant dances down the track for a SIX!!!. Lyon now around the wicket. A single of the last ball. 13 runs from this over
India 129/3 (48 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 22, Rishabh Pant 18
5:23 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood to continue. Another maiden over.
5:20 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. 1 run from the over. Rishabh Pant has shown patience to dig deep and now look to score. It’s not his natural game but that is what India needs from him today. To be there as time ticks away slowly. 86 overs to go after this.
India 116/3 (46 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 22, Rishabh Pant 5
5:16 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack. Bowls a maiden. Rishabh Pant is now on 5 of 29 balls, while Cheteshwar Pujara is on 21 of 62 balls. India are soaking up the pressure
5:11 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Lyon is getting turn and with close in fielders he is virtually trying to get wicket of every ball. Another maiden
5:08 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. 4 runs of the over. Both Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant are looking positive.
India 115/3 (43 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 21, Rishabh Pant 5
5:03 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Just one run from this over .
India 111/3 (42 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 18, Rishabh Pant 4
5:00 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. The odd ball is keeping low. Cummins has been good with his line and length. Back-to-back maidens as Australia look to build pressure
4:55 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. A thick edge of the first ball of Rishabh Pant but Tim Paine drops it. Lyon asking lots of questions and making it difficult for Indian batsmen. Bowls a maiden
4:53 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. 1 run of the over
India 110/3 (39 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 18, Rishabh Pant 3
4:49 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. Maiden over
4:45 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. Cheteshwar Pujara has looked positive right from the start. A lovely drive gives Pujara a four of the third ball. 7 runs from the over
India 109/3 (37 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 18, Rishabh Pant 2
4:40 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. Cheteshwar Pujara is looking to score runs against Lyon. First ball, steps down the track to drive through extra cover. 3 runs and a wicket from this over
First WICKET!!! Ajinkya Rahane caught at short leg and Nathan Lyon has given Australia the first wicket. 7 more to go. The ball turned and short leg held on to a good low catch.
Ajinkya Rahane c Marnus Labuschagne b Nathan Lyon 4 (18b)
India 102/3 (36 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 13, Rishabh Pant is the next man in
4:35 AM IST: Pat Cummins has found his line and length from the first ball. What a series he is having. No lose ball or anything. Good line just outside the off stump. Cheteshwar Pujara hit on a forearm of a short ball that didn’t rise.
India 99/2 (35 Overs) Ajinkya Rahane 4, Cheteshwar Pujara 10, Need 308
4:30 AM IST: India skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara walk out to save the Test match. Australia will be looking for quick wickets. Pat Cummins to start for the hosts
4:29 AM IST: A minute to go for the play to start. And not to forget, today is Rahul Dravid’s birthday. Yes, someone from the Indian camp should erect a wall to honour the legend’s legacy.
4:23 AM IST: India might also need the services of a patch-up Ravindra Jadeja, who has already been ruled out of the first two Test matches against England.
4:20 AM IST: Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill once again provided India a good start, but their wickets in quick succession gave the Aussies the confidence needed going into Day 5.
4:10 AM IST: Amid the racism uproar, Test cricket will witness one of the best ‘Day 5’ actions in recent times with India trying to save the Sydney Test in a pitch that may well turn out to be a snake pit.
4:06 AM IST: Welcome to the coverage of Day 5 of the 3rd Test match
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