India have hung on defiantly to grind out a draw on the final day of the Third Test against Australia in Sydney, keeping the series deadlocked at 1-1 ahead of the fourth and final Test.
The fact that that’s the scenario is remarkable, given Australia only required eight wickets on the final day to take a 2-1 series lead, while India needed to bat all day for a draw or score more than 300 runs for victory.
Pant was the aggressor, as is his style, even with an injured arm which meant he was unable to keep during Australia’s second innings.
However, Lyon wasn’t able to provide the requisite final day wickets on the wearing SCG pitch, with Pujara and Pant defiant.
After their lengthy stand, Pant eventually fell on the cusp of Australia taking the new ball, caught by Pat Cummins off Lyon for 97 off 118 balls. His knock included 12 fours and three sixes.
Less than 10 overs later before tea, Pujara also departed for 77 to Josh Hazlewood giving the Aussies hope but the final session was a grind, with India playing ultra defensively after Hanuma Vihari pinged his hamstring.
Vihari finished unbeaten on 23no from 161 balls, while Ravi Ashwin made 39no from 128 deliveries. Tim Paine dropped some chances as Australia were left frustrated.
As a result there was plenty of tension between the sides, with the Aussies overheard sledging Ashwin in particular, led by Paine and Wade.