India skipper Ajinkya Rahane on Monday lauded his staff’s combating spirit and character after the guests batted the whole fifth day to attract the third Take a look at in opposition to Australia on the Sydney Cricket Floor.
Chasing a mammoth goal of 407, India reached 334/5 batting for 131 overs earlier than each the groups determined to shake fingers on the ultimate day of the Take a look at match.
Australia had posted 338 of their first innings after which bowled out India for 244, thus attaining a 94-run lead. The hosts declared their second innings at 312/6, setting a 407-run goal.
Beginning the ultimate day at 98/2, India wanted 309 runs and had their backs in opposition to the wall.
“Our speak coming this morning was to indicate character and struggle until the top and never to consider the end result. I’m actually pleased with the best way we fought particularly at the moment but in addition all through the sport, even within the first innings when Australia had been 200/2 and getting all of them out for 338 was actually good,” Rahane mentioned on the post-match presentation ceremony whereas speaking concerning the mindset of the Indian staff earlier than coming into the ultimate day.
India misplaced Rahane very early on Day 5 and put the hosts in a commanding place. However Cheteshwar Pujara (77) and Rishabh Pant (97) shared a 148-run partnership for the fifth wicket and introduced the guests again into the match.
After their dismissals, Hanuma Vihari (23*) and Ravichandran Ashwin shared an unbeaten 62-run partnership, which batting out for 259 balls as India denied Australia with a chance to go 2-1 up within the ongoing four-Take a look at collection.
Rahane, whereas praising Vihari and Ashwin, mentioned that there are a number of areas the place the staff wants to enhance earlier than the final Take a look at.
“There are few areas we are able to enhance on however particular point out to Vihari and Ashwin. The best way they batted in the long run and confirmed character was actually good to see,” mentioned the stand-in India skipper.
Australia had received the primary Take a look at by eight wickets in Adelaide whereas India registered a shocking comeback in Melbourne, profitable the Boxing Day Take a look at by eight wickets.
The collection, at present tied at 1-1, will now be determined within the remaining Take a look at starting Friday at The Gabba in Brisbane.