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India is far behind to achieve target, it is the only option to draw for gain point

AUS 388 + 312/6

IND 244 + 334/5

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 3rd Test Day 5 Highlights: The series stands at 1-1 going into the fourth Test in Brisbane but an Indian team which has turned into a 'mini-hospital' would be walking away with a lot of pride.

A resolute Ravichandran Ashwin and a hamstrung Hanuma Vihari battled pain and a hostile Australian bowling attack while displaying the largely extinct art of Test-saving batsmanship to snatch a remarkable draw for India after Rishabh Pant raised visions of an improbable win at Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.

Earlier, Australia was firmly on course for a victory in the third Test after getting rid of a dangerous Rishabh Pant and the rock-steady Cheteshwar Pujara, reducing India to 280 for 5 at Tea in pursuit of 407.

India now needs 107 runs to win but, in all probability, will be looking to survive in the final session of the match to salvage a draw. Pant (97) and Pujara (77) added 148 runs for the fourth wicket in an amazing counter-attacking partnership before their dismissals put India in a spot with an injured Hanuma Vihari (4 batting) in the company of Ravichandran Ashwin (7 batting) engaged in an arduous battle.

Earlier on Day 4, openers Shubman Gill (31) and Rohit Sharma (52) were winkled out by the Australian pace attack in the final session, leaving Cheteshwar Pujara, who had scored nine not out, and skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who was unbeaten on four, to continue the fight. With no rain forecast for Monday, the tourists face a long day batting on a deteriorating wicket if they are to avoid going 2-1 down in the series before they head to Brisbane for the final Test.

The 5th day of the third Test between India and Australia is underway in Sydney. Australia gave team India a target of 407 runs. In reply, India lost five wickets in the second innings on the 5th day. Cheteshwar Pujara was out for 77 runs. Josh Hejalwood made him clean bold. Ravichandran Ashwin and Haslike Vihari are at the crease.

India still have to make 120 + runs to win the match. Rishabh Pant was out on 97 runs. Nathan Leon catches him at the hands of Pat Cummins. Pant was out for the third time in the nervous-90. Earlier, he was out for 92-92 runs in 2 series matches against West Indies at Rajkot in 2018. He had a partnership of 148 runs for the fourth wicket with Pujara.

This is the biggest partnership for the fourth wicket while targeting. Earlier, the record was named after Vijay Hazan and Russian Modi. Both of them had a partnership of 139 runs in 1948-49.

India will be satisfied with their display against Australia on Day 2 of the ongoing third Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The visitors were 96 for two in 45 overs at Stumps on Day 2, in response to Australia's score of 338. Shubman Gill scored his maiden Test half-century while Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets as India ended the second day 242 runs behind Australia's score. Steve Smith slammed a century for the home side, scoring 131 runs from 226 deliveries. Marnus Labuschagne also hit a half-century, dismissed for 91. For India, openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill got off to a strong start, with the latter scoring 50.

The trusted partnership of Smith (5*) and Labuschagne (27*) helps Australia cross the fifty-run mark! While the former is playing it safe, the latter is punishing full-tosses by converting them into boundaries. Saini, Ashwin keep at it though.

And there's the breakthrough! Siraj strikes first for India as he sends Pucovski (10) back to the pavilion! The right-handed batsman nicked the angled delivery behind... straight into the hands of a diving Saha! On comes Labuschagne.

Siraj is given out caught behind and he reviews it.. but sniko shows there is a spike! So India are bowled out for 244 and #Australia have a lead of 94 runs. Remember, after being 195/4, India slump to 244 all out.

Pant (36) was looking dangerous but he’s nicked one to Warner off Hazlewood. Pant never looked like the batsman after that hit on the arm. Can't understand the point of not wearing the arm guard. Jadeja too walks out without the arm guard. India clearly on the backfoot here. Have dug a hole for themselves and mow falling in it. 

Indian batsmen were running quick singles and this move has backfired, Vihari punched this behind the bowler, ran for a quick single but Hazlewood is quick to throw and Vihari's miles short at non-striker's end. IND- 142/4

India will be satisfied with their display against Australia on Day 2 of the ongoing third Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The visitors were 96 for two in 45 overs at Stumps on Day 2, in response to Australia's score of 338. Shubman Gill scored his maiden Test half-century while Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets as India ended the second day 242 runs behind Australia's score. Steve Smith slammed a century for the home side, scoring 131 runs from 226 deliveries. Marnus Labuschagne also hit a half-century, dismissed for 91. For India, openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill got off to a strong start, with the latter scoring 50. But with the departure of Gill, India's run-rate slowed down, with Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara finding the going difficult against the opposition bowlers. The duo were unbeaten on 5 and 9, respectively. Earlier on in Day 2, Jadeja was on fire for India, scalping four dismissals while Jasprit Bumrah and Navdeep Saini took two each to restrict the hosts to a below par score. India will be aiming to increase their momentum and not play cautiously on Day 3. 

India will be satisfied with their display against Australia on Day 2 of the ongoing third Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The visitors were 96 for two in 45 overs at Stumps on Day 2, in response to Australia's score of 338. Shubman Gill scored his maiden Test half-century while Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets as India ended the second day 242 runs behind Australia's score. Steve Smith slammed a century for the home side, scoring 131 runs from 226 deliveries. Marnus Labuschagne also hit a half-century, dismissed for 91. For India, openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill got off to a strong start, with the latter scoring 50. But with the departure of Gill, India's run-rate slowed down, with Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara finding the going difficult against the opposition bowlers. The duo were unbeaten on 5 and 9, respectively. Earlier on in Day 2, Jadeja was on fire for India, scalping four dismissals while Jasprit Bumrah and Navdeep Saini took two each to restrict the hosts to a below par score. India will be aiming to increase their momentum and not play cautiously on Day 3.

 

Hazlewood to Rohit, out Caught&Bowled!! The opening partnership has been broken. That stare, that throw, and the bouncer. He has managed to get the better of Rohit Sharma. Mind games, you see! Goes full with this one and entices the batsman to have a go at it. Rohit falls for the bait and drives it straight back at Hazlewood who completes a safe catch in his followthrough. He has won the battle against Sharma.

Hazlewood to Rohit, THATS OUT!!     

Bumrah to Smith, out Smith Run Out!! 1 run completed. 144.5kph, Smith pushes this short of a good length delivery into the on-side backward of square off the inner edge and tries to keep the strike coming back for a second. But, he fancied his chance against the wrong man. Jadeja runs to his right from square leg, picks the ball and hits the bulls-eye at the striker's end to catch the centurion short of his crease! Smith run out (Jadeja) 131(226) [4s-16]

Jadeja to Lyon, out Lbw!! Lyon has been adjudged lbw and he's reviewed it. He's walking too. He knows he's a goner too. Fired in full, hits the front boot on the full and that looks plumb. Let's see what's HawkEye going to say. Lyon is waiting for it near the boundary rope. Crashing into middle and leg. With three reviews in the bank, Lyon just took a chance. Fired in full and Lyon was too late in bringing his bat down. Easy call for any umpire. Fourth wicket for Jadeja! Lyon lbw b Jadeja 0(3)

Navdeep Saini to Starc, out Caught by Shubman Gill!! Saini wins the battle. But a fine little cameo from Starc comes to an end. He gets carried away with the adrenaline. This was once again banged into the surface, Starc does the same mistake of trying to play the pull from outside off, gets a toe-end and skies it straight up towards mid-on. Gill has to run forward this time and he gets there to take the catch. Saini has taken a beating but has picked up his second wicket.

 

 

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