Defiant India hang on to draw Sydney Test

Australia v India: Aggressive Rishabh Pant falls three runs short of century as India's hopes fade

There's no way in the world he was trying to change Rishabh Pant's guard or anything like that.

Paine was seen chirping quite a bit on the final day of the Pink Test, but to make the matters worse, he ended up dropping three catches and this is the most he has dropped since coming into the Australian team for the 2017/18 Ashes series.

But Hanuma Vihari (23no off 161) - who was constrained by a hamstring strain he picked up while running - and Ravichandran Ashwin (39no off 128) thwarted Australia for 258 deliveries in a courageous partnership of 62 as the tourists achieved the draw, ending on 334-5.

A heroic batting effort from the Indians saw the visitors salvage a draw from a match they looked destined to lose, leaving the series tied at 1-1 with the fourth and final Test set for Brisbane from 15 January.

The left-hander, who was a serious injury doubt on Saturday after taking a nasty blow to his elbow, fell three runs short of a third Test hundred when he was caught at backward point off-spinner Lyon.

Paine's hosts extended the lead to 406 before declaring on 312-6 in their second innings but their hopes of ripping through India were thwarted.

Australia haven't lost a test at the Gabba since 1988 and India are dogged by injuries but will take confidence from this impressive effort of defiance.

Australia v India: Aggressive Rishabh Pant falls three runs short of century as India's hopes fade

"If you've watched Steve Smith play Test cricket, that's something he does every single game. We've seen plenty of instances in the past when you can get stuck into the batsman and do it in a way that's a lot better than the way I did it yesterday. we understand that.it's part of the game, it brings so much more to people's loungerooms by them being able to listen to what's going on in the middle. we've signed up for that, we know that and my behaviour has to be better than that", he responded.

"It's a tough one to swallow". We just did not hold our catches, myself in particular. "We have to cop the blame for that, wear it, move on and look forward to Brisbane".

"My leadership wasn't good enough, I let the pressure of the game get to me, it affected my mood and then from there affected my performance".

"You behave as I did in this Test match and then perform like that, you open yourself up to criticism". "Tell me when you're done", he said.

Tim Paine has apologised for a "really poor game as leader" in the third Test - one that Indian cricket icon Sunil Gavaskar says could spark the end of his Australian captaincy. "A special mention to Vihari and Ashwin, the way they batted and showed their character". Five or six times a day. He was referring to the Indian team's reluctance to travel to Brisbane for the fourth Test due to the hard quarantine rules in that city, though on Monday it was confirmed that the Test would be played in Brisbane as scheduled.

The crowd at the 42,000-capacity Gabba will be capped at 50 per cent for the final match of the Test series.

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