Gritty India batting keeps Australia at bay in thrilling SCG stalemate

Brief scorecard: Australia 338/10 (Steven Smith 131, Marnus Labuschagne 91; Ravindra Jadeja 4/62, Navdeep Saini 2/65) and 312/6 declared (Cameron Green 84, Smith 81, Labuschagne 73; Saini 2/54, Ravichandran Ashwin 2/95) drew with India 244/10 (Shubman Gill 50, Cheteshwar Pujara 50; Pat Cummins 4/29, Josh Hazlewood 2/43) and 334/5 (Rishabh Pant 97, Cheteshwar Pujara 77, Rohit Sharma 52; Josh Hazlewood 2/39)

Australia vs India 3rd Test 2021, stats

  • Ajinkya Rahane-led India overcame a deteriorating fifth-day pitch, injuries to frontline batsmen and an unrelenting Australian bowling performance to bat out 131 overs in the fourth innings and salvage a draw in the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • The 131 overs is the joint-fifth-most faced by any team in the fourth innings of a Test match. It is the most overs India have batted since 1979, when, against England, they played out 150 overs to save the Test at The Oval.
  • A 148-run fourth-wicket partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant gave India hope of going for the win having started the final day needing 307 runs for victory. Pant made his third half-century, a 118-ball 97, while Pujara made his 27th Test fifty (205-ball 77).
  • Pujara went past 6000 runs during his second-innings fifty, reaching the landmark in 134 innings, the sixth-fastest among Indian batsmen.
  • With Pant and Pujara falling in quick succession during the middle session, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin produced a rearguard display that ultimately helped India salvage a draw. The Vihari-Ashwin pair batted 256 balls in an unbroken sixth-wicket partnership of 62.
  • Earlier, Steven Smith’s 27th Test century, a 226-ball 131, helped Australia post a formidable first-innings total while ending his own search for a Test hundred which had last come in September 2019. He also became the second-fastest (136 innings) to reach 27 Test centuries, behind Don Bradman’s 70 innings.
  • Navdeep Saini became the 299th player to play Test cricket for India, replacing Umesh Yadav in the XI from the Boxing Day Test at MCG.
  • Victorian batsman Will Pucovski became the 460th Test player for Australia as he broke into the playing XI and hit a fifty on Test debut, a 110-ball 62, helping Australia start strongly in their first innings after captain Tim Paine won the toss and chose to bat first.
  • The draw means Rahane keeps his unbeaten record as India Test captain intact, having won three of the four Tests so far.
  • It is only the 13th drawn Test between India and Australia Down Under and the 28th overall between the two great rivals.