The Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant blunted Australia’s bowling attack on Day Five of the Third Test match as India tried to save the Test match. Rishabh hammered a quick-fire 97 runs to bring back India into the contest, which at one stage seemed almost impossible. It was an amazing knock that left everyone in awe of Pant’s spectacular strokeplay on a fifth-day pitch.
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Rishabh who was struck in the arm by a short delivery from Cummins, during the first inning and did not keep wickets after injuring himself, came out to bat in 2nd inning following the early loss of captain Ajinkya Rahane in the morning session. Pant decided to counterattacked and was particularly severe on Australian spinner Nathan Lyon.
The knock will be remembered as Pant record-breaking knock. He smashed 97 runs off 118 balls with 12 fours and 3 sixes. However, he was very lucky as Australian captain Tim Paine dropped him twice on Nathan Lyon’s bowl.
Rishabh Pant record-breaking inning
- In Rishabh’s record-breaking inning, he becomes the youngest wicket-keeper batsman to score 50+ runs in the fourth inning of a Test match on Australia soil. Previously the record was held by Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy.
- Pant is now become the first Asian wicket-keeper to score 500 runs in Test matches in Australia. Pant went past India’s Syed Kirmani. The former Indian wicket-keeper scored 471 runs on Australian soil.
- Rishabh Pant is now become the fastest wicket-keeper batsmen to score 500 Test runs in Australia. He went past the West Indies Jeffrey Dujon who scored 500 runs in 15 innings. Pant has scored 512 runs in just 10 innings.
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India recorded one of the famous Draw
Australia had set a target of 407 runs for an injury-hit Indian Team. India defied the odds and battled for more than 130 overs in the fourth inning to save the Test match. The last time when India batted for more than 100 overs in the final inning of the Test match was in 2002 against England at Lord’s Cricket ground. The highlight of the Indian inning was a combination of Cheteshwar Pujara’s defended resolutely, Rishabh Pant record-breaking counterattacked inning, Hanuman Vihari, and Ashwin’s brave knock.
Summary of the Day 5
No one thought that India would draw the test match after losing Ajinkya Rahane in the 2nd over of the morning session. Pant promoted to no 5. The two contrasting batsmen put the Australian team under pressure by backing their own strengths. Both the set batsmen were out playing the way they had been playing the whole innings. Rishabh Pant record-breaking inning comes to end while trying to a play a risky shot against Lyon. Hazlewood dismissed Pujara on 77.
After the fall of the wicket of two half-centurions, India had to go for the draw as Hanuman Vihari injured his hamstring. In the Last session, Ashwin faced some fiery short-ball stuff from Australian pacers. However, he was put down by Abbott. The Australian bowlers gave their best, but the Hanuman-Ashwin showed character and blocked 259 balls in their 62 runs partnership. India manages to draw the test match. (source)
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