3rd Test

3rd Test: Grit, Resilience, Courage and Test Match Drawn | Advantage

3rd Test :

The 3rd match of Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia has been drawn. Indian batters rattled out the Aussies bowling attack and giving them only 3 wickets on the final day of the 3rd test. This draw is nothing short of Victory for India as no one really gave them a chance to draw let alone the win.

(3rd Test) When Australia declare their 2nd innings of the match on 314 they got the lead of 406 and asked the Indian batting to play the final session of the 4th day. Indian openers started very well and gave the team a solid start of 71 but the young gun Shubhman Gill fell short soon after and India were 71-1. But Rohit Sharma wasn’t affected by this at all and he keeps on going and completed his fifty but as he was looking set for a big score he got preyed down by the Pat Cummins. Rest of the overs were kept quiet by Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara.

The Final Day

(3rd Test) When the ulimate day began Indians batters had a tough task ahead to bat out the legitmate 90 overs against the mighty bowling attack. And India’s start of day was nothing short of nightmare India’s captain Ajinkya Rahane got out on the second over of the day and his wicket was taken by Nathan lyon. India made change in their tactics and Rishabh Pant was promoted to number ahead of Hanuma vihari and he did what he likes to do taking on the bowlers but before he could start he was given a life by Australia’s Captain Tim Paine.

But after getting a life he went berserk against the Aussies bowling and especially against the off spinner Nathan Lyon against whom he hitted 3 big sixes.And when he was building his innings he was dropped again by Tim Paine on Lyon’s ball. And after he kept on butchering the Aussies bowler one by one but his innings fell 3 run short of what could have been his career turning Innings. And with this innings he became only visiting batsmen to score 25+ in 9 consecutive innings.

Relentless Pujara

And we all know that Pujara can occupy the crease for long time and can grind out the bowlers for days. He was under pressure for playing slow in the first innings but pressure meant nothing to this guy and he kept india in the match even when Pant was out. He completed his second fifty of the match and made 77 runs of 205 balls. As he was looking rock solid and moving toward his century Josh Hazelwood got success in getting the better of his defence and got him out.

Ashwin and Vihari took Toll

Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin
Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin against Australia

When Pujara got out it felt like that floodgates have been openend for the Australia and India will give away another winning opportunity. Vihari was under pump firstly for his second digits scores and as soon as he enter in the ground he pulls out his hamstring and was limping for the rest part of his Innings. Ashwin fell the pressure in his initial time but as soon as the match progressed he became more and more comfortable. He took toll of Aussies bounces and few of them hit him in the Rib cage area. But both of them Stood tall against the all odds and made sure India doesn’t loose the test match.

 

 

 

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