Australia and India remain in the top two places of the World Test Championship after playing the third Test match on Monday. The Indian batsmen, in the fourth innings, displayed a great example of patience and passion, keeping Australia away from victory, which is still 1-1 in the series. The fourth and final Test of the series is to be played in Brisbane from 15 January. The Indian team is ahead of third-placed New Zealand by a slight margin in the WTC points table due to their excellent performance in this match.
The ICC wrote on Twitter, ‘After an incredibly competitive match in Sydney, both teams remain in the top two places in the ICC World Test Championship table. There is a difference of 0.2 percent between India and New Zealand.
Earlier, New Zealand’s team reached number one for the first time in the ICC Test rankings after impressive wins over the West Indies and Pakistan. India and Australia had to settle for 10–10 points when the Sydney Test drew. With this 10 points, the Indian team became the first team to touch 400 points in the WTC table. India, however, is second in the table after Australia as it is now judged by winning percentage.
After Rishabh Pant (97) and Cheteshwar Pujara (77) returned to the pavilion, the Indian team was in trouble but Hanuma Vihari (23 off 161 balls) and Ravichandran Ashwin (39 off 128 balls) took the wicket in the third session on the fifth day. Did not let fall and denied Australia the victory.
An incredible battle in Sydney has helped both teams retain the top two spots in the ICC World Test Championship standings.— ICC (@ICC) January 11, 2021
A difference of 0.2% between India and New Zealand 👀#WTC21 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/xEszUOMWCV
Even after a hamstring injury, Vihari shared an unbroken 62-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Ashwin which lasted more than 42 overs. Chasing 407 to win, the Indian team drew the match by scoring 334 runs for five wickets.