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Australia vs India, 3rd Test Match Summary

AUS vs IND, 2021 - Test Summary

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Match Ended   
338&312/6d
244&334/5(131.0)
Australia drew with India
AUS 338/10
Bat Top Batsmen
131 (226)
  • 16x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 57.96SR
91 (196)
  • 11x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 46.42SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 3.44
18
OVERS
62/4
R/W
Bowler
ECON 5
13
OVERS
65/2
R/W
IND 244/10
Bat Top Batsmen
50 (101)
  • 8x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 49.50SR
50 (176)
  • 5x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 28.40SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 1.33
21.4
OVERS
29/4
R/W
Bowler
ECON 2.04
21
OVERS
43/2
R/W
AUS 312/6
Bat Top Batsmen
84 (132)
  • 8x4s
  • 4x6s
  • 63.63SR
81 (167)
  • 8x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 48.50SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 3.37
16
OVERS
54/2
R/W
25
OVERS
95/2
R/W
IND 334/5
Bat Top Batsmen
97 (118)
  • 12x4s
  • 3x6s
  • 82.20SR
77 (205)
  • 12x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 37.56SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 1.50
26
OVERS
39/2
R/W
Bowler
ECON 2.47
46
OVERS
114/2
R/W
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That is it from this game. It was a hard-fought game here in Sydney and this further creates an environment for the final Test. There were speculations of the final Test to be played at Sydney only after the Indian team's unwillingness to travel to Brisbane. But everything is sorted out as it is confirmed that the final Test will be played as per schedule at the Woolloongabba in Brisbane on Friday, 15th January 2021. Join us for that at 1000 local (1200 GMT). Till then, take care and cheers!
Australia skipper, Tim Paine says that they created enough chances to go for the win. Mentions that the bowlers bowled well and the dropped catches did not do their cause. He mentions that they are back as a batting unit and the bowlers created opportunities and says that it was a whole-hearted effort from the boys. He says that the young guys coming into the team were just brilliant and they look forward to the Brisbane Test.
India skipper, Ajinkya Rahane says that it was all about character and is really happy with the way they played. Mentions that there are a few things which they need to look at. He says that Rishabh Pant's innings was one of a kind as he played an attacking innings. Praises the efforts of Vihari and Ashwin. Mentions that Pant is fine and injuries are something that they cannot control. On Vihari's availability for the last Test, he mentions that it will be assessed before they take a call for the final Test at Brisbane.
STEVEN SMITH IS NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH! He says that it was a hard-fought game. India fought hard as the bowlers kept running into them. Says that the pitch was placid and there was less uneven bounce than they expected. Mentions that a century is always special at his home ground but says that he would have loved it if they had won. Ends by saying that he just absorbed the pressure and just observed the ball and played at it.
India began the chase of 407 on a positive note as Gill and Sharma managed to stitch a 71-run stand for the first wicket. Though Gill departed Sharma got to his first Test fifty as an opener in an overseas Test but he too could not continue as he departed after getting to his milestone. Pujara and Rahane saw of the day for the visitors as they took the game into day 5. Needing 309 runs for victory on Day 5 what unfolded was a sheer cricketing action of the highest level as the game ran down the entire day to end in a stalemate. To know the Man of the Match and captain insights, stay tuned for presentations...
Australia second innings was all about Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith as they once again added a 100-run stand as they both got to their respective fifties. Further to go by Cameron Green's maiden Test fifty and Tim Paine's 39 off 52 balls meant that Australia ended with 312 runs as they declared with a lead of 406 runs. Once again the Indian bowlers were on the receiving end as they were milked for runs. Bumrah and Siraj ended with a wicket each while Saini and Ashwin managed to get  a couple to their name.
India's reply in the first innings started with new opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill stitching a 70-run stand. Though Rohit departed, Gill showed his mettle as an international player as he brought his maiden Test fifty. Soon after that, he departed to hand Australia the advantage as they lost two quick wickets. Pant and Pujara steadied the ship for the visitors with a 50-run stand but once Pant departed it was a matter of time as India folded for 244 runs handing Australia a 94-run lead. Some lower-order hitting from Ravindra Jadeja ensured the lead for Australia was well below 100 runs. He though suffered a fracture and a dislocated left thumb after coping a blow from a Starc bumper. For Australia, with the ball, it was Pat Cummins who wreaked havoc in the Indian camp with a 4-fer as Hazlewood managed to get a couple and Starc managed a wicket only.
After winning the toss and opting to bat, Australia began poorly with Warner sent packing but then came the rain and it washed out a majority of the day. Only 55 overs were possible as debutant Will Pucovski and Marnus Labuschagne saw off the day for the hosts. The debutant though ended with a score of fifty on Day 1 to hand the hosts the advantage. Further going into Day 2, Australia found contributions from Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith as the latter got to his 27th Test ton but the former missed out his by just 9 runs. Some lower-order hitting from Starc meant that Australia ended with 338 on the board. The Indian bowling was taken for runs as all the bowlers leaked runs. Ravindra Jadeja was the star for them as he ended with a 4-fer as Ashwin went wicketless. Bumrah and Saini ended with a couple as Siraj had just one to his name.
Day 5 started on the right note for the hosts as they sent the Indian skipper back into the hut early but little did they know of what was going to come their way. Out walked Rishabh Pant and what unleashed was as pure brutal innings from him. He took a special liking to Lyon as he carted him all over the place. His attacking innings helped India gain the momentum going into the second session of the final day. He along with Pujara not only kept the Australian attack at bay but took them out too. Pant got to his half ton and was on course of a well-deserved ton but fell short by 3 runs. Pujara batted the way he does the best as he too notched up his fifty. Just when he was going good playing out the new ball, Hazlewood came in and ended his stay in the middle. Vihari coming in after Pant and with lack of form started nervously before picking out a hamstring injury while going for a run with Pujara at the other end. Since Pujara's dismissal, the game changed completely as they batted out for a draw.
Going into the final session, India needed to play out 35 overs with Vihari and Ashwin unbeaten and 5 wickets in the bag for them. What unfolded was a typical old school style of batting as Vihari and Ashwin managed to keep everything out that was thrown at them. Ashwin though showed a lot of grit and determination as despite taking a lot of blows onto his body he hung around to see India home with a draw. Australia bowling their hearts out there tried everything they could or was in their hand but they failed to breach the defenses of the two Indian batsmen out there. To add to their woes dropped catches added insult to injury as Paine dropped three and Abbott substituting for Will Pucovski dropped Ashwin early in his innings. In the end, India managed to get away with a draw with one Test to play for.
What a Test match we have had! Kudos to Vihari and Ashwin for hanging in there to eke out a draw as the players shake hands with just six balls remaining of the mandatory overs. Special praise for Vihari for showing grit and fight despite suffering a hamstring injury early in his innings. A brilliant 5 days of a Test match, a true entertainment. We have seen rain, run-scoring, collapse, dropped catches, fightback, resilience and what not. Australia would be the most disappointed of the two sides as they let the game slip from the point where they could have had the result in their favour. A moral victory for India going ahead into the final Test.
Over 131 : 334/5
4 Runs
  • 4130.1
  • 0130.2
  • 0130.3
  • 0130.4
  • 0130.5
  • 0130.6
H. Vihari
23 (161)
R. Ashwin
39 (128)
M. Starc
22-6-66-0
130.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Hanuma Vihari
Length delivery on off, Vihari keeps it out. THE MATCH ENDS IN A DRAW!
130.5
0
Mitchell Starc To Hanuma Vihari
Outside off, Vihari shoulders arms to this one.
130.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Hanuma Vihari
BEATEN AGAIN! Good length delivery outside off, Vihari looks to defend but misses it.
130.3
0
Mitchell Starc To Hanuma Vihari
BEATEN! Good length ball outside off, Vihari looks to defend but misses it due to the inward movement on this one.
130.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Hanuma Vihari
Back of a length on off, Vihari defends it to covers.
130.1
4
Mitchell Starc To Hanuma Vihari
FOUR! Full on leg, Vihari flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary.
Over 130 : 330/5
6 Runs
  • 4129.1
  • 0129.2
  • 2129.3
  • 0129.4
  • 0129.5
  • 0129.6
R. Ashwin
39 (128)
H. Vihari
19 (155)
J. Hazlewood
26-12-39-2
129.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ravichandran Ashwin
Full on middle, Ashwin pushes it to mid on. 12 deliveries remain in Day 5.
129.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ravichandran Ashwin
BEATEN! Full and outside off, Ashwin looks to drive but misses it.
129.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ravichandran Ashwin
Length ball on off, Ashwin punches it to mid off.
129.3
2
Josh Hazlewood To Ravichandran Ashwin
Length delivery on off, Ashwin punches it through mid off. The batsmen get two runs.
129.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ravichandran Ashwin
Back of a length on off, Ashwin defends it off the back foot.
129.1
4
Josh Hazlewood To Ravichandran Ashwin
FOUR! That is put away! Short delivery on middle, Ashwin pulls it through square leg for a boundary.
Over 129 : 324/5
4 Runs
  • 0128.1
  • 0128.2
  • 0128.3
  • 0128.4
  • 0128.5
  • 4128.6
H. Vihari
19 (155)
R. Ashwin
33 (122)
M. Starc
21-6-62-0
128.6
4
Mitchell Starc To Hanuma Vihari
FOUR! Cracking shot! Short and outside off, Vihari cuts it through point for a boundary. 50-run stand is up between these two. A match saving one for India. This will go down memory lane.
128.5
0
Mitchell Starc To Hanuma Vihari
Good length delivery on off, Vihari pushes it towards the off side.
128.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Hanuma Vihari
Down the leg side, Vihari leaves it alone.
128.3
0
Mitchell Starc To Hanuma Vihari
Full delivery on middle, Vihari pushes it to mid on.
128.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Hanuma Vihari
Good length delivery on off, Vihari blocks it well.
128.1
0
Mitchell Starc To Hanuma Vihari
Back of a length on off, Vihari defends it off the back foot.
Over 128 : 320/5
0 Runs
  • 0127.1
  • 0127.2
  • 0127.3
  • 0127.4
  • 0127.5
  • 0127.6
R. Ashwin
33 (122)
H. Vihari
15 (149)
J. Hazlewood
25-12-33-2
127.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ravichandran Ashwin
Length ball on middle, Ashwin pushes it through mid on once again and the ball stops near the ropes at long on but the batsmen do not go for a run.
131 OV
4 Runs
M. Starc to H. Vihari
  • 4130.1
  • 0130.2
  • 0130.3
  • 0130.4
  • 0130.5
  • 0130.6
130 OV
6 Runs
J. Hazlewood to R. Ashwin
  • 4129.1
  • 0129.2
  • 2129.3
  • 0129.4
  • 0129.5
  • 0129.6
129 OV
4 Runs
M. Starc to H. Vihari
  • 0128.1
  • 0128.2
  • 0128.3
  • 0128.4
  • 0128.5
  • 4128.6
128 OV
0 Runs
J. Hazlewood to R. Ashwin
  • 0127.1
  • 0127.2
  • 0127.3
  • 0127.4
  • 0127.5
  • 0127.6
127 OV
1 Runs
M. Starc to H. Vihari
  • 0126.1
  • 0126.2
  • 0126.3
  • 0126.4
  • 1 NB 126.5
  • 0126.5
  • 0126.6
126 OV
0 Runs
N. Lyon to R. Ashwin
  • 0125.1
  • 0125.2
  • 0125.3
  • 0125.4
  • 0125.5
  • 0125.6
125 OV
0 Runs
M. Starc to H. Vihari
  • 0124.1
  • 0124.2
  • 0124.3
  • 0124.4
  • 0124.5
  • 0124.6
124 OV
0 Runs
N. Lyon to R. Ashwin
  • 0123.1
  • 0123.2
  • 0123.3
  • 0123.4
  • 0123.5
  • 0123.6
123 OV
0 Runs
M. Starc to H. Vihari
  • 0122.1
  • 0122.2
  • 0122.3
  • 0122.4
  • 0122.5
  • 0122.6
122 OV
0 Runs
N. Lyon to R. Ashwin
  • 0121.1
  • 0121.2
  • 0121.3
  • 0121.4
  • 0121.5
  • 0121.6
121 OV
8 Runs
P. Cummins to H. Vihari
  • 4120.1
  • 0120.2
  • 0120.3
  • 4120.4
  • 0120.5
  • 0120.6
120 OV
4 Runs
N. Lyon to R. Ashwin
  • 0119.1
  • 4119.2
  • 0119.3
  • 0119.4
  • 0119.5
  • 0119.6
119 OV
2 Runs
P. Cummins to R. Ashwin & H. Vihari
  • 1118.1
  • 0118.2
  • 0118.3
  • 1 NB 118.4
  • 0118.4
  • 0118.5
  • 0118.6
118 OV
0 Runs
N. Lyon to H. Vihari
  • 0117.1
  • 0117.2
  • 0117.3
  • 0117.4
  • 0117.5
  • 0117.6
117 OV
4 Runs
J. Hazlewood to R. Ashwin
  • 0116.1
  • 0116.2
  • 0116.3
  • 0116.4
  • 0116.5
  • 4116.6
116 OV
1 Runs
C. Green to H. Vihari
  • 0115.1
  • 1 WD 115.2
  • 0115.2
  • 0115.3
  • 0115.4
  • 0115.5
  • 0115.6
115 OV
1 Runs
J. Hazlewood to H. Vihari
  • 0114.1
  • 0114.2
  • 0114.3
  • 0114.4
  • 0114.5
  • 1114.6
114 OV
0 Runs
M. Labuschagne to R. Ashwin
  • 0113.1
  • 0113.2
  • 0113.3
  • 0113.4
  • 0113.5
  • 0113.6
113 OV
0 Runs
J. Hazlewood to H. Vihari
  • 0112.1
  • 0112.2
  • 0112.3
  • 0112.4
  • 0112.5
  • 0112.6
112 OV
0 Runs
M. Labuschagne to R. Ashwin
  • 0111.1
  • 0111.2
  • 0111.3
  • 0111.4
  • 0111.5
  • 0111.6
Match Info
  • Series Australia Vs India 2020-21
  • Venue Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney
  • Weather Bright and Sunny
  • Toss Australia won the toss and elected to bat
  • Result Australia drew with India
  • Player of the Match Steven Smith
  • Umpire Paul Reiffel (AUS), Paul Wilson (AUS) and Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
  • Referee David Boon (AUS)
Match Notes
  • N Saini(IND), W Pucovski(AUS) makes their TEST debut
  • Rain Stoppage: Australia 21/1 in 7.1 overs
  • Lunch: Australia 21/1 in 7.1 overs
  • Wet Ground Condition: Australia 21/1 in 7.1 overs
  • Drinks: Australia 47/1 in 21.0 overs
  • W Pucovski dropped on 26 by R Pant in 21.6 overs
  • Australia 53/1 in 23.2 overs
  • 2nd wkt Partnership: 50 off 124 balls between W Pucovski (31) and M Labuschagne (19)
  • W Pucovski dropped on 32 by R Pant in 24.6 overs
  • W Pucovski maiden Test fifty: 53 runs in 97 balls (4x4) (0x6)
  • Tea: Australia 93/1 in 31.0 overs
  • Australia 100/1 in 33.0 overs
  • M Labuschagne 9th Test fifty: 50 runs in 108 balls (6x4) (0x6)
  • Drinks: Australia 148/2 in 43.0 overs
  • Australia 150/2 in 43.2 overs
  • 3rd wkt Partnership: 53 off 80 balls between M Labuschagne (25) and S Smith (27)
  • Stumps: Australia 166/2 in 55.0 overs
  • 2nd wkt Partnership: 100 off 184 balls between W Pucovski (61) and M Labuschagne (39)
  • Referral 1 (63.2 ovs): IND against S Smith (LBW) Unsuccessful (AUS: 3, IND: 2)
  • Rain Stoppage: Australia 188/2 in 66.0 overs
  • Australia 201/2 in 69.0 overs
  • S Smith Test fifty: 51 runs in 116 balls (7x4) (0x6)
  • Rain Stoppage: Australia 213/3 in 72.0 overs
  • New ball taken: Australia 245/4 in 80.0 overs
  • Lunch: Australia 249/5 in 84.5 overs
  • Australia 251/5 in 87.3 overs
  • S Smith 27th Test hundred: 102 runs in 201 balls (13x4) (0x6)
  • Australia 300/7 in 100.1 overs
  • Drinks: Australia 310/8 in 101.5 overs
  • Innings Break: Australia 338/10 in 105.4 overs
  • Tea: India 26/0 in 9.0 overs
  • India 50/0 in 18.1 overs
  • 1st wkt Partnership: 50 off 110 balls between R Sharma (22) and S Gill (27)
  • Referral 1 (23.4 ovs): R Sharma against AUS (Caught) Successful (AUS: 3, IND: 3)
  • Drinks: India 70/1 in 27.0 overs
  • S Gill maiden Test fifty: 50 runs in 100 balls (8x4) (0x6)
  • Referral 2 (39.4 ovs): AUS against A Rahane (LBW) Unsuccessful (AUS: 3, IND: 3) (Retained)
  • Stumps: India 96/2 in 45.0 overs
  • India 100/2 in 45.5 overs
  • A Rahane dropped on 16 by M Wade in 53.4 overs
  • Referral 3 (55.3 ovs): AUS against C Pujara (Caught) Unsuccessful (AUS: 2, IND: 3)
  • Drinks: India 132/3 in 63.0 overs
  • Referral 4 (73.1 ovs): AUS against R Pant (Caught) Unsuccessful (AUS: 1, IND: 3)
  • Lunch: India 180/4 in 79.0 overs
  • New ball taken: India 181/4 in 80.0 overs
  • C Pujara 26th Test fifty: 50 runs in 174 balls (5x4) (0x6)
  • India 200/6 in 89.4 overs
  • Drinks: India 202/6 in 90.0 overs
  • Referral 4 (100.4 ovs): M Siraj against AUS (Caught) Unsuccessful (AUS: 1, IND: 2)
  • India 244/10:M Siraj c T Paine b P Cummins 6(10)
  • Innings Break: India 244/10 in 100.4 overs
  • Tea: India 244/10 in 100.4 overs
  • Referral 1 (9.2 ovs): D Warner against IND (LBW) Unsuccessful (AUS: 3, IND: 3) (Retained)
  • Australia 35/2: D Warner lbw b Ravichandran Ashwin 13(29)
  • Referral 2 (11.1 ovs): IND against S Smith (LBW) Unsuccessful (AUS: 3, IND: 3) (Retained)
  • Drinks: Australia 41/2 in 13.0 overs
  • 3rd wkt Partnership: 51 off 87 balls between M Labuschagne (28) and S Smith (22)
  • Australia 102/2 in 28.5 overs
  • Stumps: Australia 103/2 in 29.0 overs
  • M Labuschagne dropped on 47 by H Vihari in 29.2 overs
  • M Labuschagne 10th Test fifty: 50 runs in 82 balls (6x4) (0x6)
  • 3rd wkt Partnership: 100 off 220 balls between M Labuschagne (61) and S Smith (36)
  • Australia 152/4 in 49.3 overs
  • S Smith 30th Test fifty: 50 runs in 134 balls (5x4) (0x6)
  • Lunch: Australia 182/4 in 64.0 overs
  • Australia 200/4 in 66.2 overs
  • Australia 252/5 in 78.0 overs
  • 6th wkt Partnership: 50 off 67 balls between C Green (21) and T Paine (29)
  • Drinks: Australia 258/5 in 79.0 overs
  • C Green maiden Test fifty: 50 runs in 116 balls (7x4) (0x6)
  • Australia 301/5 in 86.0 overs
  • Tea: Australia 312/6 in 87.0 overs
  • Innings Break: Australia 312/6d in 87.0 overs
  • Referral 1 (7.2 ovs): R Sharma against AUS (LBW) Successful (AUS: 3, IND: 3)
  • Referral 2 (7.4 ovs): AUS against S Gill (Caught) Unsuccessful (AUS: 2, IND: 3)
  • Drinks: India 46/0 in 17.0 overs
  • India 53/0 in 19.0 overs
  • 1st wkt Partnership: 53 off 114 balls between R Sharma (22) and S Gill (30)
  • Referral 3 (22.1 ovs): S Gill against AUS (Caught) Unsuccessful (AUS: 2, IND: 2)
  • India 71/1: S Gill c T Paine b Josh Hazlewood 31(64)
  • Referral 4 (22.4 ovs): C Pujara against AUS (LBW) Successful (AUS: 2, IND: 2) (Retained)
  • R Sharma 11th Test fifty: 51 runs in 95 balls (5x4) (1x6)
  • Stumps: India 98/2 in 34.0 overs
  • R Pant dropped on 3 by T Paine in 39.1 overs
  • India 152/3 in 52.3 overs
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 50 off 103 balls between C Pujara (13) and R Pant (35)
  • Drinks : India 152/3 in 53.0 overs
  • R Pant 3rd Test fifty: 50 runs in 64 balls (4x4) (3x6)
  • R Pant dropped on 56 by T Paine in 59.1 overs
  • India 202/3 in 68.0 overs
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 100 off 197 balls between C Pujara (24) and R Pant (73)
  • Lunch: India 206/3 in 70.0 overs
  • Cheteshwar Pujara completes 6000 runs in Test
  • C Pujara 26th Test fifty: 52 runs in 170 balls (7x4) (0x6)
  • New ball taken: India 250/4 in 80.0 overs
  • Drinks: India 262/4 in 84.0 overs
  • Referral 5 (91.4 ovs): AUS against R Ashwin (Caught) Unsuccessful (AUS: 1, IND: 2)
  • Tea: India 280/5 in 96.0 overs
  • Referral 6 (96.1 ovs): R Ashwin against AUS (Caught) Successful (AUS: 1, IND: 2)
  • R Ashwin dropped on 15 by S Abbott in 100.5 overs
  • India 300/5 in 115.0 overs
  • Drinks: India 305/5 in 117.0 overs
  • 6th wkt Partnership: 52 off 247 balls between H Vihari (16) and R Ashwin (33)
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Stats
Player Runs Avg.
Marnus Labuschagne AUS 426 53.25
Steven Smith AUS 313 44.71
Rishabh Pant IND 274 68.50
Cheteshwar Pujara IND 271 33.87
Ajinkya Rahane IND 268 38.28
Player Wickets Eco.
Pat Cummins AUS 21 2.59
Josh Hazlewood AUS 17 2.27
Mohammed Siraj IND 13 2.85
Ravichandran Ashwin IND 12 2.57
Jasprit Bumrah IND 11 2.74

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