Team India, on Monday, came up with a heroic effort with the bat to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat against Australia in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. For the first four days of the game, Australia remained on top of the proceedings and were looking set to win the game after setting the visitors a target of 407.
India started the fifth and final day on 98 for 2 and could add only four more runs before their skipper Ajinkya Rahane departed. But from thereon, it was only a one-way traffic as India put up a brave fight. In the second session, the visitors lost well-set Rishabh Pant (97) and Cheteshwar Pujara (77) in quick succession.
At that stage, it looked like Australia might take the game away from the visitors and also take the lead in the series. However, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin batted out of their skin to save the Test for the tourists. Vihari faced 161 balls for his 23 runs while Ashwin faced 128 balls for 39 runs to earn Team India one of their most memorable draws. India finished their innings on 334 for 5.
ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Points Table:
Following the draw, both Australia and India received 10 points each. With the 10 points, India have also become the first team to touch the 400-point mark. They, however, continue to be at the second spot behind Australia since the positions are now being determined by the percentage of points won. New Zealand are at the third spot, followed by England and South Africa.
ICC WTC Points Table:
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