Ind vs Aus 3rd Test, Day 5: Never done before, Can India pull off a miracle in Sydney Test?

Ind vs Aus 3rd Test, Day 5: Can India pull off a miracle in Sydney Test?: Set an improbable victory target of 407 in the third Test in Sydney, India reached 98/2 at stumps on Day 4 with Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle. The visitors have already lost openers Rohit Sharma (52) and Shubman Gill (31) and still need 309 runs with eight wickets in hand on the fifth and final day of the match to take a 2-1 lead in the ongoing four-match series.

But, winning the third Test looks far-fetched dream for Ajinkya Rahane and co. given their Test stats and record in Australia and at the moment, Team India’s best bet seems to be escaping with a draw. However, if India pull off a victory in Sydney on Monday then it will be nothing less than a miracle.

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Notably, Team India has only scored in excess of 400 on one occasion while batting fourth in Australia. It happened 42 years ago in Adelaide when India scored 445 but still ended up on the losing side.

Also, on three occasions, India has played the 4th innings of a Test in SCG – drawing one and losing two. Overall, India have only won one Test in Sydney.

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Moreover, the highest Successful run chase in Sydney is 288/2 by Australia against South Africa in 2006, which means that never before the 300 plus score in Test has been chased at SCG.

India’s highest fourth-innings scores in Australia

4th innings Score Result Ground Start Date
445 lost Adelaide 28-Jan-78
355 lost Brisbane 19-Jan-68
333 lost Adelaide 25-Jan-92
324 lost Brisbane 02-Dec-77
315 lost Adelaide 09-Dec-14
252/7 draw Sydney 06-Jan-15
251 lost Adelaide 23-Dec-67
233/6 won Adelaide 12-Dec-03
210 lost Sydney 02-Jan-08
201 lost Adelaide 24-Jan-12


Here are some of the other stats between India and Australia at SCG:

– India and Australia have met each other in 12 Tests at SCG, out of which Australia have won 5 Tests, while India have only won 1 game. 6 Tests have ended in a draw.

– Australia registered their largest-margin Test victory against India at SCG in 2000, when they defeated the visitors by inns & 141 runs. On the other hand, India recorded their largest victory in Sydney when they defeated Aussies by inns & 2 runs in 1978.

– India’s highest Test total at SCG: 705/7d in 2004

– India’s highest second innings score at SCG is 400 in 2012. However, the visitors still lost the match by an innings and 68 runs.

So, the odds are stacked against India and they need to pull off nothing less than a miracle to chase down the mammoth 407-run target at SCG.