Draw like a win: Four injured India defend third Test against Australia, playing 161 balls despite a hamstring injury

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third Test between India and Australia in Sydney ended in a draw
third Test between India and Australia in Sydney ended in a draw

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third Test between India and Australia in Sydney ended in a draw

After the match was drawn, Ashwin (right), Vihari looked happy.

The third Test between India and Australia in Sydney ended in a draw. Australia gave up a 407-run target. In response, Team India lost 5 wickets and scored 334 runs. The match may have ended in a draw, but for struggling India it was no less than a win.

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Four Indian players were injured in the Test – Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, and Ravichandran Ashwin. However, the team struggled and drew the match. Also, the same player who was injured also became the match hero. Jadeja took 4 wickets in Australia’s first innings. Also, he was unbeaten on 28 off 37 balls in the at-bat of the first inning.

So far 7 players have been injured
Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Lokesh Rahul have already been injected. Pant, Jadeja, Vihari, and Ashwin are also on the list. Regular captain Virat Kohli returns to India on paternity leave. Rohit Sharma joins the team in the third Test. They were also injured. Ishant Sharma has also been ruled out of the Australia series due to injury.

Jadeja with plaster on toe.

Jadeja with plaster on the toe.

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Jadeja is ready to bat even though his toe is broken
During the first inning, Mitchell Starc got the ball over his left toe. This was followed by a scan in which a toe fracture was found. He was dropped from the 2 Tests against England in February but did not play in the third Test. He wore pads and gloves with a broken toe in India’s second innings. His batting did not come, however.

In the first innings, Pant suffered an elbow injury while batting for Team India.

In the first innings, Pant suffered an elbow injury while batting for Team India.

Cummins bouncer Pant was hit in the elbow
In India’s first innings, Rishabh Pant got a Pat Cummins bouncer on the elbow while batting. He was moaning in pain. However, he continued to bat. This time he was given a pen killing spray. An elbow bandage was also set up. He was out for 36 in the first innings.

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Rishabh Pant continues to bat despite the pain.

Rishabh Pant continues to bat despite the pain.

No wicket keeping, batting spread
After this, his elbow was scanned, but everything was fine. He did not get down to wicket-keeping as Australia batted in the second innings. Wriddhiman Saha took charge of wicket-keeping in the second innings. India seemed to be unable to bat in the second innings, but despite the injury, he practiced in the nets.

Pant Australia spinner Nathan Lyon hit 3 sixes.

Pant Australia spinner Nathan Lyon hit 3 sixes.

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Pant changed the look of the match
No team has chased down more than 288 runs so far at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Chasing 407, Team India lost 2 wickets on the fourth day. The team seemed to be able to save the match on the fifth day. Captain Rahane was out early in the fifth day of India’s second innings and Rishabh Pant was fourth as the look of the match changed.

Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara shared a 148-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara shared a 148-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Pant, in nervous 90, strike rate 82
During his batting, TeamIndia seemed to win this match. He scored 97 off 118 balls. At this point, his strike rate is 82.20. He, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, chased down the target and made India’s biggest partnership for the fourth wicket. The two shared a 148-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

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Pant returned to the pavilion after being out in Nadi-90.

Pant returns to the pavilion after being out in Nadi-90.

Pant batting average in Australia is 56.88
The batting average for Pant in Australia is 56.88. In Australia, Pant’s batting average is the highest by a batsman over 200 in the last 60 years. His batting average at Sydney Cricket Ground is 146. In 2018 he scored 159 runs at this ground.

Ajen was unbeaten on 39 off 128 balls and Vihari on 23 off 161 balls.

Ajen was unbeaten on 39 off 128 balls and Vihari on 23 off 161 balls.

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Vihari and Ashwin came in as troublemakers
Pujara was also out as he was out. TeamIndia, which lost 5 wickets, was in trouble. In such a situation, the entire responsibility fell on Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin. Jadeja came to bat with a broken toe. However, Vihari, Ashwin did not let this happen.

The Australian bowlers faced 3 and a half hours
The duo faced Australian bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and world No. 1 bowler Pat Cummins for about three and a half hours in Tests. In the same Test line-up, Team India was bowled out for 36 in the first Test.

Hanuma Vihari is struggling with ham strings.  The physio also exercised him.

Hanuma Vihari is struggling with hamstrings. The physio also exercised him.

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Vihari is battling hamstrings
The tendon of the batsman of the batting is stretched. The physio was also called, but he did not give it up and continued batting with pain. He also had trouble running. Of the 97 games played on Monday, 27 overs were faced by bowlers on the field.

Physiotherapist Ashwin is being examined for back pain.

Physiotherapist Ashwin is being examined for back pain.

Fifth slow innings
Vihari scored 23 off 161 balls. His strike rate was 14.28. It was the fifth slowest innings by an Indian in terms of strike rate after playing a hundred or more balls in an innings. Yashpal Sharma tops the list. Sharma scored 13 off 157 balls against Australia in Adelaide in 1981.

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Ashwin has back pain, still playing
Starc, Cummins, and Hazlewood hit the ball to Ashwin’s back. After this, he also appeared to be moaning in pain. The Australian bowlers kept throwing small balls to him and they faced him. Despite the pain, he faced the Australian bowlers alone in 21 overs (128 balls).

After the match, India captain Ajinkya Rahane hugged Ashwin.

After the match, India captain Ajinkya Rahane hugged Ashwin.

Ashwin-Vihari batted 43 overs for 90 runs
Ashwin and Vihari shared an unbeaten 62 off 259 balls. It was India’s third-largest partnership by the ball for the sixth wicket. The duo not only saved the match but also convinced the Indian crowd that the team could have excelled even in the absence of batsmen like Virat Kohli.

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The Dirty Game off the field did not work for Australia
The Monkeygate controversy erupted for two days in a row in the Sydney Test. Indian bowler Mo is also on the fourth day of the Test. The audience made racist remarks on Siraj. A group of spectators sitting close to the border was constantly talking to Siraj, Brown Monkey, and Big Dog. This Australian strategy didn’t even work. The Cricket Australia team had to apologize to India over the incident.

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