Gritty Rahane bats India through for a draw | Day 5, 4th Test at Sydney

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Update at 12:37 pm IST: Steven Smith has been declared as both the Man of the Match and also the Man of the Series.

Update at 12:25 pm IST: The Sydney Test has ended in a draw as Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar batted out solidly to keep the Aussies at bay. The second new ball was taken but the Aussies found no success with it. Ajinkya Rahane played a very gritty knock, batting out 88 balls to score 38* while Bhuvneshwar Kumar was no less for his standards, facing 30 balls for his 20*.

The pair of Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar held together for 11.3 overs before the Aussies gave up. India finished the match at 252 for 7 in 89.5 overs to hold on for a draw. Australia of course have won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-0.

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Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Ajinkya Rahane of India bats during day five of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)

Update at 11:34 am IST: Josh Hazlewood’s reversing inswinger has trapped R Ashwin lbw and the Aussies are three wickets away from winning this with 11.4 overs to bowl. It was a marginal lbw decision and Ashwin could consider himself unlucky.

Update at 11:02 am IST: Australia are sniffing victory now as Nathan Lyon traps Wriddhiman Saha lbw. Saha went back rather than coming forward to a full ball which to his shock stayed very low to hit him on the pad just above the shoe. 18 overs left after this with India having just four wickets in hand!

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Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates with team mates after dismissing Suresh Raina of India for lbw during day five of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Update at 10:50 am IST: Suresh Raina has bagged a pair and all of a sudden India are staring at defeat in this Sydney Test with just the five wickets in hand. Expecting short stuff from Mitchell Starc, Suresh Raina was back in the crease and was a dead duck to a pacy inswinger. Raina’s Test career is expected to be over with this twin ducks in his comeback Test match!

Update at 10:43 am IST: India is in a spot of bother with Virat Kohli edging an expansive cover drive off Mitchell Starc to a diving Shane Watson at first slip. There are still 23 overs left in the game and India need 148 more runs to win. Virat Kohli scored 46 from 95 balls with 3 fours.

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Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Virat Kohli of India looks dejected after being dismissed by Mitchell Starc of Australia during day five of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Update at 10:15 am IST: Murali Vijay in an attempt to up the ante has lost his wicket, trying to play a forcing square cut and edging a reversing outswinger from Josh Hazlewood. Vijay looked very positive after the tea break and he has perished after scoring a well made 80 from 165 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes. India look to be going for the run chase. 171 more to win from 29.2 overs with 7 wickets in hand.

Update at Tea: India is looking good to bat out for a draw by keeping 8 wickets in hand going into the last session with a maximum of 33 overs to play. Murali Vijay is rock solid batting on 71 from 156 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes. Skipper Virat Kohli has refrained himself by batting on 26 from 56 balls with two fours. Unless the Indians think of an adventure in the final session, this match is all set for a draw with the played expected to call it off after another 18 overs.

The tourists are 160 for 2 with 87 runs scored in the post lunch session in 28 overs.

Update at 8:20 am IST: Australia’s chances of forcing a win have been revived as Rohit Sharma is brilliantly caught one handed by the diving Steven Smith at widish first slip. Shane Watson is the man providing the breakthrough removing Rohit Sharma for 39 (from 90 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes). It was a lazy upper cut shot from Rohit Sharma on a pitch that doesn’t have much pace. India 104 for 2 in 38 overs.

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Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Shane Watson of Australia celebrates dismissing Rohit Sharma of India during day five of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Update at lunch: Murali Vijay and Rohit Sharma batted out carefully at each other’s ends to see through the morning session. India are 73 for 1 having batted out 29 overs. This leaves them a maximum of 61 overs of batting to draw this Test match. The target to win is highly improbable with 276 more runs to get.

Murali Vijay has moved on to 35 from 77 balls with 2 fours and a six. And Rohit Sharma after his initial struggle against Nathan Lyon survived the session with 19* from 57 balls with a four and a six.

Update at 5:57 am IST: After a fine start, India has lost Lokesh Rahul for 16 to a jumping off break from Nathan Lyon much to the relief of Australia. Lokesh Rahul stepped out to smother the spin but the ball jumped up to kiss his glove and lob up to shortleg leaving India at 48 for 1 in 13.2 overs. Lokesh Rahul until then looked very solid, confident and a class apart. We can easily expect bigger things from him going forward!

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Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrates with team mates after dismissing Lokesh Rahul of India during day five of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Update at 5:00 am IST: Australia have declared overnight as expected leaving India an improbable target of 349 from 90 overs on this final day at the Sydney Cricket Ground. We could have a repeat of the Adelaide Test with India trying to go for a win!

The pitch is not going to be good at all with plenty of rough patches in the good length areas. We have seen the pitch do all sorts of tricks yesterday to Nathan Lyon and R Ashwin with some balls ending up at head height for the batsmen! Nathan Lyon will be the danger man for India as he will get plenty of turn, big bounce and sometimes low bounce as well. Of course the pace bowlers should get enough reverse swing in the middle overs.

The weather is not that great though at Sydney as conditions are cloudy and chances of a shower are there in the afternoon.