A draw is what the result is between India and Australia in the third Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series in Sydney – neither team won or lost at the end of the match. However, the moods in the two dressing rooms would be contrasting: cheers in the visitors’ and gloom in the hosts’.
After being set an unscalable target of 407, India had to bat out 4 sessions in the fourth innings of a Test against an Australian bowling attack comprising of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Nathan Lyon, to save the match and prevent the hosts from taking a lead in the 4-match series.
The Indian batsmen resisted for mammoth 131 overs preventing the loss which keeps the series level at 1-1 going into the fourth Test in Brisbane, which commences on 15th January. On the other hand, Australian bowlers could pick only 3 wickets on the fifth day at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), where the pitch had a turn and inconsistent bounce. Add to it, India had two batsmen – Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja – injured while batting in the first innings.
In a virtual post-match press conference, Ajinkya Rahane said, “This is as good as winning a Test match when you come abroad and play a match like this, it was really special. Credit to Ashwin and Vihari for the way they batted, Pujara, Rohit, Pant everyone chipped into the team’s cause. But credit to Vihari and Ashwin for batting 2.5 hours in the end.”
Team India celebrate their historic escape
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has uploaded fresh scened from India’s dressing room right after the end of the game. Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari, the pair who batted for an enormous 259 balls drawing the match out, were welcomed with cheers from the team members. Captain Rahane, and head coach, Ravi Shastri were the first ones to hug the pair followed by the rest of the teammates.
The action moves to The Gabba in Brisbane for the fourth and last Test of the series. The Gabba is known as Australia’s fortress as the hosts are on a 28-match unbeaten streak at the venue dating back to 1988.
Moments to cherish for a long time 👏👏
Visuals from inside the dressing room as #TeamIndia pull off a remarkable draw at the SCG 🏟️
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2021