Hanuma Vihari and Ravi Ashwin batted for over 40 overs, as India managed an unlikely looking draw against Australia in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.
Resuming at 98/2, India lost skipper Ajinkya Rahane in the just the second over to Nathan Lyon.
Rishabh Pant who came in ahead of Hanuma Vihari was dropped twice by skipper Tim Paine early on in his innings. The dashing wicket keeper batsman capitalized on the opportunity and smashed the Australian bowlers all over the park.
Pant along with Cheteshwar Pujara added 148 runs for the fourth wicket, before the former was caught by Pat Cummins for an entertaining 97. His knock came off just 112 balls with 12 fours and 3 sixes.
Josh Hazlewood provided the vital breakthrough for the home side by claiming the prize scalp of Pujara bowled for a solid 77, leaving the visitors in a spot of bother at 272/5.
Vihari and Ashwin batted for more than three hours, despite the former suffering a hamstring injury.
The duo faced 259 balls in their unbeaten 62 run stand which is most by an Indian sixth wicket pair Down Under.
The Andhra batsman remained unbeaten after scoring 23 runs off 161 balls while, veteran spinner Ashwin was not out on 39 off 128 deliveries, as India managed an epic draw.
Hazlewood and Lyon claimed 2 wickets each, while Cummins claimed a solitary wicket.
Steven Smith was declared the Player of the Match.
India 334/5 (Rishabh Pant 97, Cheteshwar Pujara 77- Josh Hazlewood 2/39, Nathan Lyon 2/114) and 244 all out drew against Australia 338 all out and 312/6 d (Cameron Green 84, Steve Smith 81; Navdeep Saini 2/54, Ravi Ashwin 2/95)
The fourth and the final test will be played at Brisbane on January 15.