Hanuma Vihari’s hamstring had pulled. R Ashwin was left bruised by a barrage of brief balls from the Aussie tempo assault. Ravindra Jadeja was in ready within the dressing room with a fractured thumb. However India by no means gave up hope, even towards one of the vital menacing and relentless assaults in Take a look at cricket, batting towards the percentages, to drag off one other comeback for ages and therefore draw the sport on the SCG. The pair lasted 42.2 overs, withholding the early stress from the quicks with the brand new ball, scoring 62 runs to maintain the collection degree at 1-1. With the heroics on the ultimate day on a dying pitch, India registered a couple of historic feats.
1979 was the final time India survived this lengthy within the last innings of a Take a look at match. They batted for 131 overs within the fourth innings, 97 of which have been on the ultimate day with eight wickets in hand. It was on the Oval in 1979 that India had proven such resilience within the fourth innings, batting for 150 overs towards England. Since that Take a look at, India have batted for 100-plus overs within the fourth innings solely 5 extra occasions.
|429/8||150.5||draw||v England||The Oval||Aug-79|
|281/5||100||draw||v Sri Lanka||Colombo (SSC)||Aug-97|
Twice have India batted for the variety of overs within the fourth innings to avoid wasting the Take a look at – towards West Indies in 1948 in Kolkata is the one different event barring the Oval sport in 1979.
131 overs can also be the longest that an Asian crew has survived in Australian circumstances within the fourth innings to avoid wasting the Take a look at since 1979. There have nonetheless been three situations the place Asian groups have survived extra overs however all resulted in defeats – twice for Pakistan (145 overs in 2016 and 137.5 overs in 1990) and one for Sri Lanka (141.4 overs in 1989).
334/5 scored by India is the best fourth-innings rating by a visiting crew on the SCG towards Australia. It is usually the second-highest rating in a drawn Take a look at, standing behind England’s 335/5 in Adelaide in 1991. Solely as soon as has a visiting crew scored extra within the fourth innings and received the Take a look at in Australia – South Africa (414/4) in Perth in 2008.
128 balls confronted by R Ashwin within the fourth innings is the fifth-highest by a No.7 batsman, additionally making it probably the most he has confronted within the last innings of a Take a look at match.
256 balls have been confronted by Vihari and Ashwin of their sixth-wicket partnership. Solely 4 occasions in Take a look at historical past has a sixth-wicket pair confronted extra balls in a non-defeat, and first by an Indian pair.