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India vs Australia: 'One of India’s greatest ever rearguard efforts' Twitterati salute Vihari, Ashwin and visiting team

Sydney: A battered and bruised India lineup survived the full fifth day as Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin put up an epic effort to force a draw in the third cricket Test against Australia and leave the series hinging on the final Test in Brisbane.

India resumed Monday at 98-2 needing a further 309 to win at the Sydney Cricket Ground and finished 73 runs short on 334-5.

The India lineup pushing for victory while an injured Rishabh Pant (97) and Cheteshwar Pujara (77) combined in a 148-run stand that put all the pressure back on Australia.

Nathan Lyon removed Pant in the last over with the old ball and Josh Hazlewood bowled Pujara to make the total 272-5, giving the hosts the edge going into the last session.

But Vihari, constrained by a hamstring strain he picked up while running through for a single, and Ashwin stonewalled together for 258 deliveries in a partnership of 62 after India switched plans and pushed for a draw rather than risk chasing an unlikely win.

Ravindra Jadeja was next on the list to bat, waiting in his protective kit in the pavilion despite his fractured thumb, but wasn't needed.

As expected, the incredible rearguard action and famous draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground led to tributes, praise and appreciation of the Indian players on Twitter by former players and experts.

We bring you some of the best reactions to India's iconic result.

'Vihari-Ashwin pull of heist'

India fight on despite all injuries

Special praise for Cheteswar Pujara and Rishabh Pant

With AP inputs

Updated Date: January 11, 2021 13:31:35 IST

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