Broken Bruised But not dead ?

The third test between India and Australia in Sydney ended up in draw. On any other day this result would be nothing but disappointment but on 11 January 2021 fifth day of third test, India was chasing a mammoth target of 407 runs and have lost two very important wicket previous day for just 98 which means implies that either India bats remaining 97 overs or chase remaining runs. On the other hand, Australia needed just 8 wicket to win the match and take a decisive lead of 2-1. To make situation worse India’s star allrounder Ravindra Jadeja has dislocated his thumb and couldn’t bat. Given the circumstance defeat was inevitable but not for this India team which batted resolutely, aggressively and patiently to deny Australia a comfortable win.

How steep was the degree of difficulty?

India came to this test match with one experience bowler Jasprit Bumrah. Ishant Sharma injured himself during IPL, Mohammad Shami fractured him left arm while batting during 1st test match, Virat Kohli took parental leave and Umesh Yadav hurt his calf muscles during 2nd test match. India’s had Mohammad Siraj playing his 2nd test match and Navdeep Saini making his debut in this match. They lost the toss and had to bowl a big disadvantage in this ground, the racist slurs hurl at them and top of it Ravindra Jadeja was injured during the match.

How Day 5 pan out ?

  • India: 100 runs in 35.2 overs (213 balls), Extras 2
  • India: 150 runs in 52.3 overs (318 balls), Extras 4
  • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 103 balls (Pujara 13, Pant 35, Ex 2)
  • Drinks: India – 152/3 in 53.0 overs (Pujara 26, Pant 35)
  • RR Pant: 50 off 64 balls (4 x 4, 3 x 6)
  • India: 200 runs in 67.6 overs (412 balls), Extras 5
  • 4th Wicket: 100 runs in 197 balls (Pujara 24, Pant 73, Ex 3)
  • Lunch: India – 206/3 in 70.0 overs (Pujara 41, Pant 73)
  • CA Pujara: 50 off 170 balls (7 x 4)
  • India: 250 runs in 78.1 overs (473 balls), Extras 8
  • New ball taken after 80th over
  • Drinks: India – 262/4 in 84.0 overs (Pujara 70, Vihari 0)
  • Over 91.4: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire – Reiffel, Batsman – Ashwin (Struck down)
  • Tea: India – 280/5 in 96.0 overs (GH Vihari 4, R Ashwin 7)
  • Final – 334-5 in 131.0 overs (GH Vihari 23 (164), R Ashwin 39 (128)

Following the draw series remain tied at 1-1 after 3 match the last match of the border gavaskar trophy is to be played at Brisbane from 15 -19 January 2021.