(G.N.S) Dt. 11
Vihari’s tour of Australia seemed to have come to an unseemly end when he injured him hamstring in the fourth innings. When Cheteshwar Pujara (77) fell soon after, India looked to be heading for a defeat.
There were 40 overs left to negate, and in the pavilion were Ravindra Jadeja, who was twiddling his disclocated thumb, and the Indian tail — Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj and Navdeep Saini.
Vihari stayed unbeaten on 23 off 161 balls. Ashwin stayed unbeaten on 39 off 128 balls. Their partnership was worth just over a half-century, but more importantly, their blockathon lasted 258 balls. In grinding out a resistance at the SCG on the fifth and final day of the 3rd Test, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin earned India a draw that almost felt like a glorious win.