Indian team scripted a great draw in the 3rd Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy after batting 131 overs in the 4th innings of the SCG Test. The match may have been ended in a draw but it can be seen as a moral victory for the injury-ridden Indian side.
Both India and Australia will go into the 4th Test at Brisbane with the series level at 1-1 and the winner of the game will take one step forward in reaching the World Test championship finals scheduled for July this year in addition to winning this series.
India’s efforts to manage a draw has drawn praise from all quarters in the cricketing globe for the grit and courage shown by players in some tough situations. Cheteshwar Pujara also faced blunt of Australia’s blowing for the most part of the innings.
Their star all-rounder Ravi Jadeja had fractured his thumb while Hanuma Vihari played with a bad hamstring almost throughout his innings and scored a match-saving 23 off 161 balls in the company of Ashwin(39 off 128 deliveries).
In addition to this wicket-keeper batsman, Pant was less than 100% but scored a whirlwind knock of 97 which have India hope of an unlikely win. Together they played 131 overs to score 334-5 in their pursuit of 407 in the 4th innings.
This happens to the most number of overs an Asian team has batted in Australia in a drawn Test match. They bettered their own record at the same venue in 2014/15 where they had played 89.5 overs.
131 overs by India in the Sydney Test is also the 5th most overs played by them in all Tests in 4th innings of a drawn Test match and their most since 1970/80 at Delhi where they had faced the same number of overs to effect a draw against Pakistan.
Most overs batted by India in 4th innings of a drawn Test
190.5 overs v England, Oval 1979
136 overs vs West Indies, Kolkata 1948/49
132 overs vs West Indies, Mumbai 1958/59
131 overs vs Pakistan, Delhi 1979/80
131 overs vs Australia, Sydney 2021
Most overs batted by Asian teams in 4th innings of a drawn Test
131 overs by India, Sydney 2020/21
89.5 overs by India, Sydney 2014/15
85 overs by Sri Lanka, Cairns 2004
75 overs by India, Adelaide 1980/81
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