A resolute Ravichandran Ashwin and a hamstrung Hanuma Vihari battled ache and a hostile Australian bowling assault to grab a exceptional draw for India after Rishabh Pant raised visions of an unbelievable win right here on Monday.
Chasing a large goal of 407, Pant (97 off 118 balls) and Cheteshwar Pujara (77 off 205 balls) produced a partnership of 148 runs earlier than India was pressured to down the shutters ending on 334 for five in 131 overs when gamers shook palms. The collection stands at 1-1 going into the fourth Test in Brisbane.
Ashwin (39 not out off 128 balls) and Vihari (23 nout out off 161 balls) scrapped their means for a 62-run stand in 42.four overs after India stared at a doable defeat.
Pat Cummins (1-72), Josh Hazlewood (2-39), Mitchell Starc (0-66) and Nathan Lyon (2-114) threw every little thing that they had, peppering them with quick balls, hitting the patches with a number of leaping from the spot.
Vihari hobbled with a torn hamstring however defended dourly, Ashwin received hit on the ribs however carried on whereas additionally participating in some chatter with Tim Paine and close-in fielders.
Pant, who confronted criticism for his current performances, performed an entertaining knock wherein he scored 12 fours and three sixes off 118 balls. He defended for the primary 35 odd balls after which broke free hitting Lyon for a six and three fours.
Lyon had the final snort when Pant’s desperation to get to the three-figure mark earlier than the second new ball noticed him attempt to hit the spinner in opposition to the flip.
Hazlewood then knocked off Pujara’s off stump within the 89th over, as India was reeling at 273/5.
Once he was gone, Vihari, with a pulled hamstring and Ashwin, had no possibility however to go for a draw and so they did it with a commendable effort.