Australia Vs India LIVE SCORE (test)

Australia Vs India At Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney, 07 January, 2021

07 January, 2021
Starts 05:00 (IST)
Match Ended

338/10 (105.4 ov)

312/6 (87.0 ov)

3rd Test

244/10 (100.4 ov)

334/5 (131.0 ov)

Australia drew with India

Australia India
338/10 (105.4 ov) - R/R 3.2 244/10 (100.4 ov) - R/R 2.42
312/6 (87.0 ov) - R/R 3.59 334/5 (131.0 ov) - R/R 2.55

Match Ended

Australia drew with India

This Over
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Hanuma Vihari not out 23 161 4 0
Ravichandran Ashwin not out 39 128 7 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mitchell Starc 22 6 66 0
Current Partnership Last Wicket 272/5 (88.2)

62 (62) R/R: 1.44

Hanuma Vihari 20(130)

Cheteshwar Pujara 77(205) S.R (37.56)

b Josh Hazlewood
India vs Australia Highlights, 3rd Test at SCG, Day 5, Full Cricket Score: Ashwin, Vihari's resilience helps visitors draw game

India vs Australia Highlights, 3rd Test at SCG, Day 5, Full Cricket Score: Ashwin, Vihari's resilience helps visitors draw game

13:09 (IST)

After five days of intense Test cricket, the two teams cannot be separated as India pull off something similar to a heist, if the term can be applied in the context of a draw. Five days of facing Smith and Labuschagne's brilliance with the bat, the pace trio and Lyon bowling as sharply as ever and some hostilities from the crowd, in addition to the spate of injuries and the absence of their talismanic regular captain. If the Gill-Rohit opening stand gave the early impetus, it was the surreal counter-attack by Pant and Pujara that truly turned things around today, with Vihari and Ashwin's stonewalling efforts in the end while battling physical discomfort the cherry on the cake.

India will look to carry the momentum over to the Gabba, a venue that is considered Australia's fortress, with the series still level 1-1. Given the way Rahane and Co have fought back after the 36 all out debacle, they'll certainly hope to end the tour on a high. For now, it's time for me to sign off on behalf of my colleague Shubham!

13:00 (IST)

Tim Paine, Australia captain

"Pretty confident when we came today. We created chances but it is tough to swallow. Lyon tried everything, quicks were awesome. We did not hold catches, me in particular. I think there were some positive signs. Today was a whole-hearted effort from the boys. I think it is good to have some young guys come in and start playing international cricket.

12:58 (IST)

Ajinkya Rahane, India captain: I think the talk this morning was all about showing character, fighting till the end. Very happy with the fight we showed. Few areas we can improve on. Special mention to Ashwin, Vihari for their resilience. Credit to (Pant) him. We made that strategy (walking out at No 5), but it was all about the player. Left-right combination worked in the end. Rishabh is all right. Injury is something we cannot control. For Jadeja, physio will take the call, and will have to see how Vihari is doing.

12:56 (IST)

Steve Smith is Player of the Match

Smith: India fought very hard. Our bowlers kept coming and coming and did their hardest today. There was not much of uneven bounce today. They fought very hard. Means a lot when you score a hundred for your country. We move on now to Brisbane and look forward to play in few days' time. Maybe a little but aggressive in my innings at times. Just watched the ball hard, concenterated and nice to spend some time at the crease.

12:43 (IST)

After 131 overs,India 334/5 ( Hanuma Vihari 23 , Ravichandran Ashwin 39)

Four runs off the over, with Vihari clipping a full delivery down towards fine leg off the first ball, and the players are shaking hands at the end of it! Its a draw, and the series is still locked at 1-1!

Ashwin (39 off 128) and Vihari (23 off 161) guide India to safety from a position where the possibility of a draw looked very difficult if not impossible, all the more so with Vihari’s hamstring issues and Ashwin copping a few painful blows to a barrage of short deliveries! What a match!

12:37 (IST)
four

FOUR! Full and going down leg, Vihari simply redirects it wide of the keeper and away to the fine leg fence. IND 334/5

12:36 (IST)

After 130 overs,India 330/5 ( Hanuma Vihari 19 , Ravichandran Ashwin 39)

Some runs collected in this over, with Ashwin pulling the ball behind square for a boundary off the first, and running back for a second run after punching the ball through mid off, Vihari agreeing to the call despite his condition. Hazlewood pulls out of his delivery stride in the fourth delivery. Dot off each of the last two balls. Two overs left now!

12:32 (IST)
four

FOUR! Pulled away behind square by Ashwin off a back-of-length ball from Hazlewood! IND 328/5

12:31 (IST)

After 129 overs,India 324/5 ( Hanuma Vihari 19 , Ravichandran Ashwin 33)

Starc to Vihari, the pacer still giving his absolute best even as the day’s play is coming to a close. Vihari pokes at a short, wide delivery of the last ball, guiding it towards the backward point fence for a boundary to bring up the fifty stand with Ashwin! Three overs left now, with the one-hour mark up!

12:30 (IST)
fifty

FOUR! Just because Vihari can't run, doesn't mean he can't keep the scoreboard moving. Short and outside off, Vihari guides this over point for a boundary, bringing up the fifty partnership with Ashwin (52 off 246)

Highlights

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India vs Australia 2020 Live score and latest update of 3rd Test at Sydney: After five days of intense Test cricket, the two teams cannot be separated as India pull off something similar to a heist, if the term can be applied in the context of a draw. Five days of facing Smith and Labuschagne’s brilliance with the bat, the pace trio and Lyon bowling as sharply as ever and some hostilities from the crowd, in addition to the spate of injuries and the absence of their talismanic regular captain. If the Gill-Rohit opening stand gave the early impetus, it was the surreal counter-attack by Pant and Pujara that truly turned things around today, with Vihari and Ashwin’s stonewalling efforts in the end while battling physical discomfort the cherry on the cake.India will look to carry the momentum over to the Gabba, a venue that is considered Australia’s fortress, with the series still level 1-1. Given the way Rahane and Co have fought back after the 36 all out debacle, they’ll certainly hope to end the tour on a high. For now, it’s time for me to sign off on behalf of my colleague Shubham!

Day 4 report: India were battling to avoid defeat against Australia after losing two wickets before the close of play Sunday in a third Test marred by allegations of racist abuse from the Sydney crowd.

The hosts declared their second innings at tea on day four at 312 for six, leaving India needing a mammoth 407 to win and they reached 98-2 at stumps, still needing a further 309 runs with the four-match series locked at 1-1.

No team has ever bettered 288 to clinch victory in the fourth innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with Australia achieving that mark against South Africa in 2006.

India's record run chase started steadily before losing openers Shubman Gill for 31 and Rohit Sharma for 52, leaving their hopes resting on Cheteshwar Pujara, who was nine not out, and captain Ajinkya Rahane, unbeaten on four.

Sharma and Gill lived dangerously against some early torrid bowling by Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

But they settled in during a 71-run stand to begin playing their shots, with the graceful Sharma bringing up an 11th Test 50 before being caught at fine leg hooking a Cummins short ball.

Gill, who has cemented his place in the side after making a debut this series, again looked at home until he nicked a Hazlewood delivery to Tim Paine behind the stumps on 31.

"The batsmen will walk in tomorrow believing they can do it," said veteran Ravichandran Ashwin. "That belief is very important when you step onto the pitch.

"As a team, we are very hopeful we can put together a good performance," he added.

Australia's declaration came after Cameron Green fell on the stroke of tea for an entertaining 84, his maiden Test half-century, with captain Tim Paine unbeaten on 39.

Steve Smith made 81 and Marnus Labuschagne 73, with Ashwin and Navdeep Saini grabbing two wickets each.

Just before the break there was a near 10-minute interruption to play that saw six fans removed after Mohammed Siraj, fielding on the boundary, complained to the umpire.

It was not clear what was said, but the incident followed India lodging a complaint on Saturday after allegations of racist abuse towards the team by sections of the crowd.

The International Cricket Council launched an investigation with Cricket Australia apologising to India and vowing anyone at fault faced "lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police".

"We've seen it happen in different parts of the world and I'm really sad to see it happen in Australia," said Australia coach Justin Langer.

"I think our series so far has been played in such great spirits ... it's shame to see it getting marred by incidents like we're hearing about today and last night."

Green sixes

Australia had resumed the day on 103 for two after India were bowled out for 244 in the first innings in reply to Australia's 338, with Smith on 29 and Labuschagne 47.

Labuschagne survived an appalling dropped catch by Hanuma Vihari on the day's second ball that left bowler Jasprit Bumrah clutching his face in disbelief.

It was a setback for a side without the spin of allrounder Ravindra Jadeja after he was hit on the left thumb batting on Saturday.

He didn't take the field with Indian media saying it was dislocated and he would only bat again "if required", with the injury likely to rule him out of the fourth Test next week.

Rishabh Pant also took a blow to his elbow while batting and was another no-show with Wriddhiman Saha keeping wicket.

However, Pant was expected to bat in the run chase.

Labuschagne brought up back-to-back 50s and looked comfortable until Saini snapped his 103-run partnership with Smith.

Matthew Wade quickly went for four, and it proved slow going for Smith.

But following his first innings 131, he kept his focus to notch another half-century, ably accompanied by Green, until trapped lbw by his nemesis Ashwin.

Green, 21, again showed composure to help solidify his place in the team, bringing up his 50 with a boundary then smacking three huge sixes before being caught off Bumrah as he swung the bat again.

With inputs from AFP

Updated Date: January 11, 2021 13:21:08 IST

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