New Delhi: India skipper Ajinkya Rahane has expressed satisfaction over Team's fight against Australia in the third test match that was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
"Our talk coming this morning was to show character and fight till the end and not to think about the result. I am really happy with the way we fought especially today but also throughout the game, even in the first innings when Australia were 200/2 and getting them all out for 338 was really good," Rahane said at the post-match presentation ceremony while talking about their pre-match discussion.
India were chasing down a mammoth target of 407 and could score 334/5 at the end of the final day of the Test Match. Australia had scored 338 runs in their first innings and had bowled out India for 244, which helped them attain a 94-run lead. The hosts had declared their second innings at 312/6, setting a 407-run target for the visitors.
Rahane, while praising Vihari and Ashwin, said that there are a few areas where the team needs to improve before the last Test.
"There are few areas we can improve on but special mention to Vihari and Ashwin. The way they batted in the end and showed character was really good to see," said the stand-in India skipper.
Meanwhile, Australia captain Tim Paine felt disappointed as he said they missed a chance to win the third Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. "I thought we created enough chances to win the game. This one's a tough one to swallow," said Paine at the post-match presentation ceremony.
"Our bowlers were superb, Lyon bowled well. Just that we (especially me) didn't hold onto our catches," said Paine.
"There were a few positives for us, our bowlers created plenty of chances. Today was a whole-hearted effort from the boys, just that things didn't go our way," he added.
Australia had won the Pink Ball test, played at Adelaide, by 8-wickets while India registered victory in the second test in Melbourne. With the third match drawn, the two teams remain levelled up at 1-1.