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India vs Australia Live Score, 3rd Test, Day 5: India bat for 131 overs in 4th innings to snatch draw at Sydney

IND vs AUS Highlights, 3rd Test, Day 5 Highlights: Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin led India to a sensational draw at SCG. The duo bat throughout the final session, registering an unbeaten 62 run partnership. The two teams will meet in Brisbane in final Test from 15th January with series levelled at 1-1.
IND vs AUS Live Cricket Score, 3rd Test, Day 5 Latest Updates
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Jan 11, 2021 1:17 PM IST

Ashwin on his performance

Ravichandran Ashwin at post-match presentation: The atmosphere in the dressing room is electric. In Test cricket we don't get a lot of draws, it was a really exciting last session. I just went to Pujara and told him, you sold me down the river me in both the innings. Cummins was bowling in a different league altogether. There was a bit of double bounce, so it was difficult against Cummins. I think facing Bumrah in the nets is not easy. We have bowlers who can bowl in the 150s. I have been batting well in the nets, so it was great to spend some time in the middle. Chasing 400 in Sydney was never going to be easy, as the ball was going up and down. That knock by Pant set us up. After Pujara and Pant's wicket and with Vihari injured, it was going to be difficult to go for the win. Touring Australia is never easy so Vihari can be proud of himself. It was a knock equal to scoring a hundred. I was just telling the batting coach during the lunch break that I have never left the SCG without a fifty, this is a venue where I have done well with the bat and today's innings is right up there.

Jan 11, 2021 1:15 PM IST

Summary of Day 5

India came with a plan on Day 5. It was all fire and push for a win till Rishabh pant was there - he was promoted above Vihari for a reason. Once he got out, it was all defense and India defended beautifully. Kudos to Vihari and Ashwin for the show the duo put on at SCG.

On ward to Brisbane. The 4th and final Test will begin from Saturday and it could decide which way the match will go. Follow Hindustan Times as we build up to the 4th Test.

Jan 11, 2021 1:05 PM IST

Tim Paine at post-match presentation ceremony

Australia captain Tim Paine: I thought we created enough chances to win the game, this one's a tough to swallow. Our bowlers were superb, Lyon bowled well. Just that we (especially me) didn't hold onto our catches. Looking forward to Brisbane. We didn't play our best in the last two games, but we were somewhat good with the bat in this Test. There were a few positives for us, our bowlers created plenty of chances. Today was a whole-hearted effort from the boys, just that things didn't go our way. I think having two young kids (Pucovski and Green) play Test cricket, it's a great thing as they were sensational. I thought Green was fantastic yesterday.

Jan 11, 2021 1:00 PM IST

Ajinkya Rahane at post-match presentation ceremony

Rahane: Our talk coming this morning was to show character and fight till the end. Not to think about the result. Really happy with the way fought especially today but throughout the game, even in the first innings when Australia were 200 for 2 and getting them all out for 338 was really good. There are few areas we can improve on but special mention to Vihari and Ashwin. The way they batted in the end and showed character was really good to see. Credit to him (Pant). We made that strategy but in the end it is all about the player executing the plan.

Jan 11, 2021 12:56 PM IST

Man of the match: Steve Smith

Steve Smith at post-match presentation ceremony: "India fought really hard. Our bowlers did their hardest. We felt few kept a low on day three, but there was not much today. Always means a lot when you score a hundred for your country. Looking forward to play the next Test in a few days time. Absorbed the pressure when needed to, just watched the ball hard and concentrated well."

Jan 11, 2021 12:54 PM IST

More stats

Most overs batted out by Asian teams in 4th innings in draws in Australia

131.0 Ind Sydney 2020/21 *

89.5 Ind Sydney 2014/15

85.0 SL Cairns 2004

Jan 11, 2021 12:49 PM IST

Stats attack

Most overs batted out by India in 4th innings in draws

150.5 v Eng Oval 1979

136.0 v WI Kolkata 1948/49

132.0 v WI Mumbai BS 1958/59

131.0 v Pak Delhi 1979/80

131.0 v Aus Sydney 2020/21 *

Jan 11, 2021 12:42 PM IST

Australia shake hands with India - Match end in draw

Final over of the day and Australia have decided to shake hands with India. The match ends in a draw and now the teams will head to Brisbane with series levelled at 1-1.

Jan 11, 2021 12:32 PM IST

3 overs left

Ashwin hits a ball from Hazlewood for a boundary, and this is solid stuff from India. This match is set for a draw - and Australia need something special to win this from here.

Jan 11, 2021 12:25 PM IST

What a match!

The Sydney Test might be heading for a draw, but it has to be one of the most thrilling encounters between the two teams. 4 overs left.

Jan 11, 2021 12:15 PM IST

6 overs left

Mitchell Star ccontinues as Hanuma Vihari need to face six more overs to push the match to a draw. Surely, there will be another twist in the tale? One wicket can change the tide.

Jan 11, 2021 12:03 PM IST


Hanuma Vihari got a leading edge off Mitchell Strac and that was a routine catch for Tim Paine on his right and the captain has put it down. VIHARI GETS A LIFE!

Jan 11, 2021 11:53 AM IST

Vihari hits two boundaries!

What is happening here? Hanuma Vihari has just hit Pat Cummins for two boundaries and India now need 88 to win in 11.2 overs. Is there more twist in the tale?

Jan 11, 2021 11:48 AM IST

LBW appeal!

Nathan Lyon traps R Ashwin on the pads, huge appeal, but this has been turned down as well. Australia still have a review, but won't take it as of now.

Jan 11, 2021 11:34 AM IST

Hazlewood to Ashwin - FOUR!

FOUR! Ashwin tries to break the shackles as he hits Hazlewood for a boundary. A welcome one for India. India need 102 to win in 15 overs with 5 wickets in hand.

Jan 11, 2021 11:31 AM IST

Stats attack

Hanuma Vihari has scored 7 runs in 112 balls at a strike rate of 6.25. This is currently the slowest innings by an Indian player (where balls faced details available).

Jan 11, 2021 11:23 AM IST

300 up for India

Ashwin and Vihari have done well to take India to the 300-run mark in the final session. They have gone past the tough phase and now are just neutralising Aussie bowlers.

Jan 11, 2021 11:04 AM IST

Reason for Vihari's slow innings

For all those who are asking about the reason for Vihari's slow innings, he has sustained a hamstring strain and he is trying to protect the same. Also, India may not have Ravindra Jadeja as well who sustained a finger dislocation.

Hence, India are playing it safe here and pushing for a draw.

Jan 11, 2021 11:00 AM IST

Lyon to Ashwin - FOUR! FOUR!

Ashwin has now started to flex his muscles, he hits Lyon for a couple of boundaries. If India's plan for a draw has to change, it has to change from Ashwin's end.

Jan 11, 2021 10:46 AM IST

Huge LBW appeal!

Nathan Lyon bowls a fuller one to Hanuma Vihari, and traps him on the pads. Huge appeal from Lyon and the Aussies, but umpire turned it down. Will Aussies take a review? Nope. Good call, it was going outside off stump.

Jan 11, 2021 10:38 AM IST

Ashwin and Vihari fighting through

It has not been an easy session for India so far, with Aussie speedsters bowling short balls after short balls. But Ashwin and Vihari have played through.

Jan 11, 2021 10:28 AM IST

Stats attack

India has batted for more than 100 overs in the fourth innings for the first time since 2002.

Jan 11, 2021 10:26 AM IST

Cummins to Ashwin - FOUR!

FOUR! Ashwin got a solid ball, but he has managed to get through for a boundary. It is a difficult condition for him right now, but he is fighting hard and hanging in there.

Jan 11, 2021 10:12 AM IST

Australia targetting Ashwin

Australia bowlers are constantly testing Ashwin with short balls. He is hanging on for now - he needs to somehow find the will to stick it out in the middle and bat through this tough phase.

Jan 11, 2021 10:07 AM IST

DRS to the rescue!

Ashwin was caught by Tim Paine on the first ball from Hazlewood after Tea. Umpire gave it out. Australia reckons he got a glove, Ashwin signals it was his arm band. He reviews it. Yup, no glove, no bat.

Jan 11, 2021 10:01 AM IST

Back in action

Play resumes for the final session of the day. 36 overs remaining , India need 127 to win. Australia need 5 wickets. All three results possible. Hanuma Vihari, Ashwin in the middle.

Jan 11, 2021 10:00 AM IST

Tea on Day 5

Vihari and Ashwin has taken India to 280/5 with 127 runs more to win. It seems India are pushing for a draw, while Australia can win it with 5 wickets. Pant and Rahane wickets in this session, so a good one for the Aussies.

Jan 11, 2021 9:34 AM IST

India going for a draw?

The scoring rate of India has significantly slowed down since Pujara's departure and now it seems the visitors are pushing for a draw here. This could be a poor strategy as it could inevitably seal their fate to a defeat, with pressure building.

Jan 11, 2021 9:25 AM IST

India vs Australia: Caught appeal!

Australia are taking a review on a catch appeal that has been turned down. I s there a nick involved from Ashwin's bat? Good catch at silly point. Nope, no bat. LBW? Nope, outside off stump.

Jan 11, 2021 9:17 AM IST

Stats attack

Puajra departs after scoring 77

Hazlewood gets him for 5th time in Tests, 1st time he has been bowled by Hazlewood

Also, 1st time he has been bowled in this series.


Jan 11, 2021 9:10 AM IST

Pujara bowled!

GONE! BIG WICKET! Josh Hazlewood bowls a fuller one that angles in and Pujara's resistance comes to an end. This could be the match-winning wicket. India 5/272, still need 135 to win.

Jan 11, 2021 9:03 AM IST

Vihari injured?

Hanuma Vihari appears to be struggling here in Sydney. He seems to have pulled his hamstring. This could be a worrying sign for India.

Jan 11, 2021 9:01 AM IST

Stats attack

76* by Pujara is the 2nd best by IND's #3 in AUS in the 4th innings of the Tests

Jan 11, 2021 8:52 AM IST

Lyon returns

Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari have done well to tackle the threat of the new ball and now Aussies are back to spin bowling. Nathan Lyon returns to the attack. Pujara is the wicket Aussies need now.

Jan 11, 2021 8:39 AM IST


Cheteshwar Pujara is counter-attacking here, he has hit three fours in Pat Cummins' over. This is fantastic batting, and Pujara knows he has to play the anchor role now.

Jan 11, 2021 8:36 AM IST

Stats attack

Highest 4th wkt p'ships for India in 4th innings:

144*C PUJARA - R PANT v Aus Sydney 2020/21 *

139 Rusi Modi - Vijay Hazare v WI Mumbai BS 1948/49

122 Dilip Vengsarkar - Yashpal Sharma v Pak Delhi 1979/80

Jan 11, 2021 8:27 AM IST

2nd new ball available

Australia will now take the new ball with the new batsman Hanuma Vihari in the middle. This match has suddenly shifted the momentum. Vihari needs to bat through the next 10 overs.

Jan 11, 2021 8:26 AM IST

Lyon removes Pant!

GONE! Nathan Lyon gets the big wicket of Rishabh Pant, who stepped out and then tried to glide, gets a leading edge and it goes to the fielder at square. Pant departs for 97, India 250/4

Jan 11, 2021 8:16 AM IST

Rishabh Pant is on fire!

FOUR! Rishabh Pant flies high and he clears the boundaries ropes. Shouts of catch it but it crosses all the fielders. Fantastic batting, and he is sailing through to his ton.

Jan 11, 2021 8:08 AM IST


FIFTY! FOUR! Pujara finds a gap between a number of fielders, he gave them no chance to stop this. Placement and execution - perfect. Brilliant shot to bring his half century.

Jan 11, 2021 7:58 AM IST

More stats

Fewest innings by IND reach 6000 Test runs.

S Gavaskar -117

V Kohli -119

S Tendulkar -120

Rahul Dravid -125

C Pujara- 134

Jan 11, 2021 7:58 AM IST

Stats attack

Pujara milestones (innings)

1000: 18

2000: 46

3000: 67

4000: 84

5000: 108

6000: 134

Jan 11, 2021 7:57 AM IST

6000 Test runs for Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara has completed his 6000 runs in the longest format. Stay tuned for more updated stats on this amazing achievement from Pujara.

Jan 11, 2021 7:54 AM IST

Starc to Pujara - FOUR!

FOUR! Aggressive shot from Pujara - Australia are playing attacking cricket here, and Pujara is being responsive. India need 192 more to win.

Jan 11, 2021 7:45 AM IST

Pant hit on head from Starc

Rishabh Pant has been hit on the helmet from a bouncer from Mitchell Starc. He will be checked for concussion, but he looks he is okay.

Jan 11, 2021 7:40 AM IST

Back after Lunch

Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara are back in the middle and the match is evenly poised. All three results still possible. A thrilling session in store.

Jan 11, 2021 7:02 AM IST

Lunch on Day 5

Pujara and Pant has taken India to 206/3 at Sydney at Lunch on Day 5, India need 201 to win.

Jan 11, 2021 7:02 AM IST

Pujata hits a boundary!

FOUR! A half-tracker from Nathan Lyon and Pujara glides it for another boundary and India keep on marching. Partnership is over 100 runs now.

Jan 11, 2021 6:55 AM IST

India cross 200

FOUR! Pujara has hit it for a boundary and that brings up India's 200. This is a good session for India, and Pant and Pujara have put the hosts under pressure at SCG.

Jan 11, 2021 6:53 AM IST

Stats attack

72* by Pant is the joint 2nd best score by a visiting Wicket-keeper in the 4th innings of the Test in AUS

he is batting on 73*


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