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Netizens Applaud The Grit Shown By Team India In Sydney On Day 5
By CricShots - Jan 11, 2021 3:12 pm
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Ahead of the Day 5 of the third Test in Sydney, Australia had the upper hand after picking up three wickets in the second innings fo Team India. For the visiting team, survival seemed to be the road forward on the fifth day with a massive 309 runs ahead of them. But with the odds against them, Ajinkya Rahane and his men managed to end the game on a positive note and made the hosts sweat for every other wicket.

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Rishabh Pant played a flamboyant knock

In the end, India managed to churn out a draw and kept the series leveled at 1-1. Though their numbers at The Gabba in Brisbane aren’t the best, India would be hopeful of turning their fortunes around with another spirited approach. On the last day’s play, the pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground was looking more in favor of the batsmen and all Australia could pick up was a mere two wickets.

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The story of the Indian batting had two parts. Even as Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, and Ravi Ashwin ‘bored’ the Australianbwolers with their gritty knocks, Rishabh Pant came out all guns blazing.  Pant played a flashy knock of 97 runs in just 117 runs before he perished to Nathan Lyon. Pant’s onslaught, which was laced with 12 fours and three sixes, almost gave India hopes of winning the game. 

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Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin saved the day for India

Pant’s attacking instinct rubbed off positively on Pujara as the latter, once, hit Pat Cummins for three fours in a row. But when Pujaraeventually perished for a 205-ball 75, the pendulum swung in Australia’s favor. With Ravindra Jadeja injured, the onus was on Ashwin and Vihari to put their heads down and take India to the draw. One more wicket would have exposed India’s fragile tail.

From there on, Vihari and Ashwin denied the Aussies even a single wicket for the next 30 overs or so. Vihari was struggling with an injury, but he carried on batting and managed to remain unbeaten on 23 off 160 balls. Ashwin’s batting has gone downhill after the rise of Ravindra Jadeja- the batsman.

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However, Vihari showed a great amount of patience and notched an unbeaten 39 runs off 128 balls with seven fours. With one over left, and the Aussies needing five wickets, the teams decide to call it a draw, realizing that a result wasn’t in the offing. Vihari and Ashwin were beaming with pride at the end of the game.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to the memorable win by the Indian team: