Apart from the half-century innings of Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, India managed to draw a third Test match against Australia on the back of the batting of Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin.
With this, the four-match series is still at 1-1 and now both teams are eyeing the fourth Test match to be held in Brisbane to take the series. The hosts set a target of 407 runs to win in front of India was kept. In response to which India batted all day.
At one time, India seemed to be facing the hand, but Pujara and Pant shared a hopeful partnership of 148 runs and then R Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari became the wall. Both played a slow but important inning. Hanuma remained unbeaten on 23 runs and Ashwin 39 runs.
Earlier, Australia had scored 338 runs in the first innings. After this, the Indian team was able to score 244 runs. The gains in the first innings were further strengthened by the hosts declaring the second innings at 312 for 6 wickets.
Hope was broken when the pair broke up.
The third match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). In this match, injured Hanuma Vihari snatched away Australia’s ‘convincing’ victory by becoming a ‘wall’. Ravichandra Ashwin excellently played Hanuma Vihari.
Both Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari were injured during the batting, but both players remained at the crease by becoming a ‘wall’ and snatched the Sydney Test victory from Australia’s jaws.
In the Sydney Test, Australian captain Tim Paine won the toss and elected to bat first. Batting first, Australia scored 338 runs in the first innings. After this, the Indian cricket team could score 244 runs in the first innings. After this, Australia scored 312 runs in the second innings at the loss of 6 wickets and gave India a target of 407 runs to win.
India did not have a great start in the second innings. On the fourth day of the match, on Sunday, the Sydney Cricket Ground was in trouble after losing two wickets for 98 runs. On the fifth day, India lost the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane in the first session itself.
Ashwin played Hanuma Vihari very well.
Ashwin was also injured during the batting. Australian players tried hard to break this unbreakable partnership between Ashwin and Vihari and made them hunt with the ball, but could not succeed. In the end, Hanuma Vihari (23) and Ravichandran Ashwin (39) snatched the victory from Australia’s jaws and drew the Sydney Test. This partnership of Hanuma and Ashwin is also being praised on social media.
The fourth Test between India and Australia is to be played at Brisbane’s Gaba ground, although it is not yet decided whether the Indian team will go there. There are reports that due to the Brisbane Test, India and England series may face bottlenecks, while the strict Quarantine rules of Brisbane are also being told, although there is no official confirmation that Brisbane has not been released.
Meanwhile, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has launched a verbal attack on Team India. Ponting said during the commentary that it looks like Team India is looking for excuses not to go to Brisbane.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald report, Ricky Ponting said during a commentary on Channel 7, “It looks like he is looking for excuses not to go to Brisbane.
Earlier this week, the Indian team was worried because of Brisbane’s quarantine rules and now they are afraid of Corona. Ricky Ponting said, ‘It is strange for me to talk about bio bubble because Australian players have been in bio bubble more than Indians. Australian players will also remain closed like Indian players. We did not hear from any Indian player during the IPL that they have problems with quarantine and lockdown.