Australia vs India, 3rd Test (Day 5): Stats Review – India’s Tour Of Australia 2020-21
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Australia vs India, 3rd Test (Day 5): Stats Review – India’s Tour Of Australia 2020-21

Australia, India
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The visitors India fought brilliantly against the hosts Australia on the day five of the Sydney Test and secured a memorable draw at the end of the day.

Chasing down the 407 runs fourth innings target, the visiting side started the day on their overnight score of 98/2. The visitors batted impressively the whole day and they scored 334/5 at the stumps of the day. At the end of the match, while the hosts were five wickets away from the victory, the tourists were 73 runs behind from their record fourth-innings chase.

Brief Scores: Australia – 338 (Steven Smith 131, Marnus Labuschagne 91; Ravindra Jadeja 4/62) & 312/6 decl. (Cameron Green 84, Steven Smith 81; Navdeep Saini 2/54)

India – 244 (Shubman Gill 50, Cheteshwar Pujara 50; Pat Cummins 4/29) & 334/5 (Rishabh Pant 97, Cheteshwar Pujara 77; Josh Hazlewood 2/39)

Result – Match drawn

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Australia vs India, 3rd Test (Day 5): Stats Review

Teams’ Stats

India – first Test draw since January 2019

i) Indian batsmen fought impressively on the final day of this Test to secure a draw in this match. Before this Test, India previously drew a Test match in early January 2019 against Australia during the Sydney Test. In between these two Sydney Tests, India played 11 more Tests where they won 8 matches and lost thrice.

– unfinished 4th innings stretched to 131 overs

i) During the fourth innings of this Test, the visiting side faced 131 overs. Since 1980, it was the longest fourth innings for India in Test cricket. Meanwhile, it was also the joint eighth longest fourth innings for India in their Test cricket history (6th longest 4th innings for them in away Tests).

Australia – first home Test draw since January 2019

i) Before this drawn Test at Sydney, Australia last time had a draw Test at home in early January 2019 against India during the Sydney Test. Between this period, they played 9 home Tests, where they won 8 matches and lost only once.

Players’ Stats

(India)

Cheteshwar Pujara – completed 6000 Test runs

Cheteshwar Pujara, Australia, India, Stats, Day 5, 3rd Test
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credits – BCCI)

i) Cheteshwar Pujara has scored 6030 Test runs. The right-handed batsman became the 11th Indian batsman to score 6000+ Test runs.

Player Test career runs
Sachin Tendulkar 15921
Rahul Dravid 13265
Sunil Gavaskar 10122
VVS Laxman 8781
Virender Sehwag 8503
Virat Kohli 7318
Sourav Ganguly 7212
Dilip Vengsarkar 6868
Mohammad Azharuddin 6215
Gundappa Viswanath 6080
Cheteshwar Pujara 6030

Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant, Australia, India, Stats, Day 5, 3rd Test
Rishabh Pant [Image Credits: Twitter]
i) Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant scored 97 runs.

– 2nd highest Test innings score as a wicket-keeper batsman in Australia

  • It was the second highest individual Test innings score for an Indian wicket-keeper batsman in Australia. The record is 159 not out by Rishabh Pant during the first innings of the 2019 Sydney Test.

– 2nd highest score in the 4th innings of a Test as an Indian wicket-keeper

  • It was the second highest individual score for an Indian wicket-keeper batsman in the fourth innings of a Test match. The record is 114 by Rishabh Pant against England at The Oval in September 2018.

– 3rd highest score as a wicket-keeper in the 4th innings of a Test in Australia

  • It was the third highest individual score for a wicket-keeper batsman in the fourth innings of a Test match in Australia.
Player (Team) Runs Opposition Venue Year
Adam Gilchrist (Australia) 149* Pakistan Hobart 1999
Alan Knott (England) 106* Australia Adelaide 1975
Rishabh Pant (India) 97 Australia Sydney 2021
Adam Gilchrist (Australia) 83* New Zealand Perth 2001
Sarfaraz Ahmed (Pakistan) 72* Australia Sydney 2017

– 4th highest score as a wicket-keeper in the 4th innings of an away Test

  • It was the fourth highest individual score for a wicket-keeper batsman in the fourth innings of an away Test match.
Player (Team) Runs Opposition Venue Year
Rishabh Pant (India) 114 England The Oval 2018
Matt Prior (England) 110* New Zealand Auckland 2013
Alan Knott (England) 106* Australia Adelaide 1975
Rishabh Pant (India) 97 Australia Sydney 2021
Rod Marsh (Australia) 91 England Manchester 1972

ii) Rishabh Pant has scored 512 runs in 10 Test innings in Australia.

– most Test runs as an Indian wicket-keeper batsman in Australia

  • It is the most Test runs for an Indian wicket-keeper batsman in Australia. Pant surpassed the previous record holder Syed Kirmani who scored 471 runs in 17 Test innings in Australia.

– 3rd most Test runs as a foreign wicket-keeper batsman in Australia

  • It is the third most Test runs for a non-Australian wicket-keeper batsman in Australia. The top two names in this list are English wicket-keeper batsman Alan Knott (643 runs) and Caribbean wicket-keeper batsman Jeff Dujon (587 runs).

Cheteshwar Pujara & Rishabh Pant; Hanuma Vihari & Ravichandran Ashwin – longest partnerships during the 4th innings of away Test

Australia, India, Stats, Day 5, 3rd Test
Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant [Image Credits: Twitter]
Australia, India, Stats, Day 5, 3rd Test
Hanuma Vihari and Ravinchandran Ashwin [Image Credts: Twitter]
i) At first, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant put the 148 runs partnership for the fourth wicket. Then Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin set up the 62 runs partnership for the unbroken sixth wicket. While the fourth wicket partnership faced 261 balls, the unbroken sixth wicket partnership faced 256 balls. These two are the fifth and sixth longest partnerships (by number of balls faced) respectively for India in the fourth innings of their away Test history.

Partners Partnership wicket Partnership balls faced (Runs) Opposition Venue Year
Deep Dasgupta & Rahul Dravid 2nd 500 (171) South Africa Port Elizabeth 2001
Murali Vijay & Virat Kohli 3rd 299 (185) Australia Adelaide 2014
Manoj Prabhakar & WV Raman 1st 270 (149*) New Zealand Auckland 1990
Rishabh Pant & KL Rahul 6th 267 (204) England The Oval 2018
Cheteshwar Pujara & Rishabh Pant 4th 261 (148) Australia Sydney 2021
Hanuma Vihari & Ravichandran Ashwin 6th 256 (62*) Australia Sydney 2021