Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21, 3rd Test: Here are the records scripted on Day 5
First Published Jan 11, 2021, 1:32 PM IST
India is engaged in a fatiguing four-Test series to defend the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, as the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground has settled for a draw. The series continues to be locked at 1-1, as the teams would now move to Brisbane for the final Test.
India played smart cricket on Day 5, as it stirred out a well-fought draw against Australia in the third Test for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), on Monday. With this draw, the series remains locked at 1-1, while Brisbane's final Test from Friday becomes a decider. Meanwhile, we look at the records unfolded on the last day of this Test.
Rishabh Pant produces a top record: Pant played a crucial knock of 97 to allow India to settle for a draw. Meanwhile, his innings turned out to be the second-best innings by a wicketkeeper-batsman in the final innings. The record for the same lies with Pant as well, who played a knock of 114 against England in 2018.
Pant joins an unfortunate list as well: However, Pant also joined an unwanted list following his dismissal. He became the third wicketkeeper-batsman to fall in the 90s in the final innings of a Test. The other two happen to be Rod Marsh (91) and Mushfiqur Rahim (95).
Pant-Pujara on top: Pant's knock saw him further being involved in a 148-run stand for the fourth wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara. Incidentally, it was also the highest stand for the same in the fourth innings for India, going past the previous best of 139, by Rusi Modi and Vijay Hazare against the Windies in 1948-49.
Hanuma Vihari plays the slowest one: Vihari played a frustrating knock of 23 off 161 balls. At seven, he produced the slowest innings by an Indian in the format, off 112 deliveries, at a strike-rate of mere 6.25. The previous slowest happened to be of Yashpal Sharma, who hit 13 off 157 balls, at S/R of 8.28, against Australia in 1980-81.
India records a unique one: In an exciting record, India has now become the Asian team to bat the most overs in the final innings for a draw, in Australia. India batted 131 overs in this, going past the previous record of 89.5 by India itself, at the same ground, in 2014-15. Overall, it was the fifth most for a draw, for India. The record for the same is against England, in 1979 when the team batted for 150.5 overs. Also, India has become the second visiting team in Australia to score the most runs in the final innings of a Test (334), while the record lies with England (335).
Ravichandran Ashwin joins a noble list: Ashwin played an unbeaten knock of 39 off 128 deliveries. Meanwhile, he became the fifth batsman at number seven to face India's most number of deliveries in the final innings of a Test. The record for the same is held by MS Dhoni (159).
Match summary: Electing to bat, Australia posted a total of 338, to which India came up with a subtle reply, but fell short, handing Australia a lead of 94. The host then produced a strong batting performance in the second innings, setting India a target of 407. Nonetheless, the Indians held their nerves, despite a couple of injury concerns, as they fought hard to settle for a commendable draw.
Brief scores: Australia 338 and 312/6 dec (Labuschagne 73, Smith 81, Green 84; Saini 2/54, Ashwin 2/95) drew India 244 and 334/5 (Rohit 52, Pant 97, Pujara 77; Hazlewood 1/20).