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India hold on for draw in Sydney Test against Australia

Sydney: India have hung on for a gritty draw against Australia in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday to leave the series deadlocked at 1-1.

Tim Paine’s side was in the box seat at tea on day five with the tourists 280/5, chasing a target of 407.

But Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari combined to frustrate the locals, the pair digging in to navigate a tense final session to guide their team to 334/5 and a famous draw.

Ashwin finished with 39 (128) and Vihari, who was hobbled by a hamstring injury, batted for 160 balls for his 23.

Australia were left to rue a missed opportunity with just under 10 overs remaining when Paine dropped Vihari off the bowling of Mitchell Starc.

India resumed at 98/2 on Monday, needing another 309 runs for victory after the Australian skipper declared at 312/6 at tea on day four.

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