Sydney Test : Pant and Hanuma Vihari took over dose of painkillers to script India’s heroic draw

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New Delhi : Sydney Test was a draw between India and Australia, but Team India performed well despite the injury of many players. When Australia gave India a target of 407 runs in Sydney, it seemed difficult for India to save the match. By the end of the fourth day’s play, India’s score was 98 for 2 wickets. At that time, it was not decided what effect Rishabh Pant and Jadeja would have on the match as Pant had an elbow injury and Jadeja suffered an injury on his left thumb. India got another shock when Hanuma Vihari’s muscles got stretched.

At the same time, Rishabh Pant did well in the morning session. Pant played a memorable innings of 97 runs in 118 balls despite pain. Pant hit 12 fours and 3 sixes in the innings of 97 runs. He suffered an injury to the left elbow off Cummins’ ball in the first innings. Pant came to bat after captain Rahane got out. Pant was sent for batting before Vihari.

After Pant was dismissed, Hanuma Vihari came to bat. Cheteshwar Pujara was out after 77 runs after some time. The wickets of Pant and Pujara had destroyed India’s hopes of victory. There were still more than 40 overs left in the match and it was not easy for India to draw the match, but Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin made this possible by playing 256 balls. Hanuma and Ashwin saved till the end of the match despite pain.

According to sources, Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari took overdose of painkillers to reduce the pain due to injury on the 5th day. Both the players were in a lot of pain, but they continued to play for the team. Hanuma Vihari was also seen taking painkillers during the break.

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