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India finish home season with a series win against Australia

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India ended their long home season with a comfortable 8-wicket win over Australia on Day 4 of the series deciding 4th Test. India won the series 2-1 thus completing their massive 13-match long season which saw them win 10 Tests, lose one and draw 2.

Team India photo Test Dharamsala
India finished the long home season with a victory at Dharamsala. Pic Credit: ICC

The hosts had the worst possible start to the Test match with India skipper Virat Kohli being ruled out of the game. Having lost the toss, Australia got stuck into the Indian seamers despite losing Matt Renshaw early.

 

Warner scored his first Test half-century of the series as he struck a great partnership with Steven Smith. The duo dominated the Indian bowlers in the first session of the game making it 131/1 at lunch.

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Kuldeep Yadav picked up 4/68 in his debut match. Pic Credit: ICC

It was debutant Kuldeep Yadav who turned the tide for the hosts picking up David Warner with a jaffer. The wicket started a mini collapse for Australia as they got to 178/5 in no time thanks to some brilliant Chinaman bowling by the youngster.

 

Umesh Yadav contributed to the wickets as well, as Australia were bowled out for 300 despite a partnership between Smith and Wade for the 6th wicket. The Australian skipper scored his third century of the series having made a brilliant 111.

 

With India trailing by 300, it was once again Pujara and Rahul’s crucial partnership which gave them stability, but it didn’t last for long. Having gone in the match which a batsman short, India were struggling at 211/6 as their middle-order failed yet again.

Australia team celebration in India
Pat Cummins was once again the star of Australia’s bowling attack. Pic Credit: ICC

It was a series defining moment when Renshaw dropped a sitter of Pat Cummins late on Day 2 after Wriddhiman Saha edged one to first slip. The India keeper along with Jadeja, build up a crucial partnership of 96 runs which took India ahead of Australia.

 

The hosts ended up with a 32-run lead with the match hanging in the balance. What happedned next was a pure treat for the Indian fans. Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a magnifincent spell of fast bowling which had Australia on the ropes.

 

Yadav’s aggressive bowling troubled Australia batsmen to no end as they had very few answers to his pace and great line and length. Once the top order was picked up by the hosts, it was just Glenn Maxwell who put up a fight.

Ravindra Jadeja wicket celebration
Jadeja was the Man Of The Match and Man Of The Series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Pic Credit: ICC

Ashwin and Jadeja finished the job for India picking up 3 wickets each. The hosts bowled out Australia for a meagre 137 which meant that they had to make 106 to win the Border Gavaskar Trophy.

 

India pulled off the chase quite easily with Rahul and Vijay playing out the crucial half-hour of the first session on Day 4. Once Vijay was got out to the inform Pat Cummins, Pujara walked in but a miscommunication with Rahul meant that he went back to the pavilion on a duck.

 

Stand-in skipper Rahane started playing shots from ball one and even smacked Cummins for back-to-back sixes. Rahul hit the winning runs and completed his sixth half-century in the process.

Nice Test team India pic Kohli
Virat Kohli missed his first Test of the home season in Dharamsala. Pic Credit: ICC

India have had a terrific home season having won against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. The hosts lost just one match in the 13-Test long season.

 

Match Scorecard

Australia 1st innings R B 4s 6s SR
DA Warner c Rahane b Kuldeep Yadav 56 87 8 1 64.36
MT Renshaw b Yadav 1 6 0 0 16.66
SPD Smith* c Rahane b Ashwin 111 173 14 0 64.16
SE Marsh c Saha b Yadav 4 14 0 0 28.57
PSP Handscomb b Kuldeep Yadav 8 23 1 0 34.78
GJ Maxwell b Kuldeep Yadav 8 17 1 0 47.05
MS Wade b Jadeja 57 125 4 1 45.6
PJ Cummins c & b Kuldeep Yadav 21 40 3 1 52.5
SNJ O’Keefe run out (sub [SS Iyer]/Saha) 8 16 2 0 50
NM Lyon c Pujara b Kumar 13 28 2 0 46.42
JR Hazlewood not out 2 2 0 0 100
Extras (b 1, lb 10) 11
Total (all out; 88.3 overs) 300 (3.38 runs per over)

 

Bowling O M R W Econ
B Kumar 12.3 2 41 1 3.28
UT Yadav 15 1 69 2 4.6
R Ashwin 23 5 54 1 2.34
RA Jadeja 15 1 57 1 3.8
Kuldeep Yadav 23 3 68 4 2.95

 

Fall Of Wickets: 1-10 (Renshaw, 1.4 overs), 2-144 (Warner, 34.1 overs), 3-153 (Marsh, 37.4 overs), 4-168 (Handscomb, 44.5 overs), 5-178 (Maxwell, 48.6 overs), 6-208 (Smith, 59.5 overs), 7-245 (Cummins, 72.4 overs), 8-269 (O’Keefe, 79.3 overs), 9-298 (Wade, 87.4 overs), 10-300 (Lyon, 88.3 overs)

 

India 1st innings R B 4s 6s SR
KL Rahul c Warner b Cummins 60 124 9 1 48.38
M Vijay c Wade b Hazlewood 11 36 2 0 30.55
CA Pujara c Handscomb b Lyon 57 151 6 0 37.74
AM Rahane* c Smith b Lyon 46 104 7 1 44.23
KK Nair c Wade b Lyon 5 16 1 0 31.25
R Ashwin lbw b Lyon 30 49 4 0 61.22
WP Saha c Smith b Cummins 31 102 2 0 30.39
RA Jadeja b Cummins 63 95 4 4 66.31
B Kumar c Smith b O’Keefe 0 7 0 0 0
Kuldeep Yadav c Hazlewood b Lyon 7 17 1 0 41.17
UT Yadav not out 2 8 0 0 25
Extras (b 4, lb 11, w 5) 20
Total (all out; 118.1 overs) 332 (2.80 runs per over)

 

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s
JR Hazlewood 25 8 51 1 2.04 128
PJ Cummins 30 8 94 3 3.13 142
NM Lyon 34.1 5 92 5 2.69 151
SNJ O’Keefe 27 4 75 1 2.77 128
GJ Maxwell 2 0 5 0 2.5 7

 

Fall Of Wickets: 1-21 (Vijay, 10.2 overs), 2-108 (Rahul, 40.2 overs), 3-157 (Pujara, 60.6 overs), 4-167 (Nair, 64.4 overs), 5-216 (Rahane, 78.6 overs), 6-221 (Ashwin, 82.1 overs), 7-317 (Jadeja, 112.1 overs), 8-318 (Kumar, 113.5 overs), 9-318 (Saha, 114.1 overs), 10-332 (Kuldeep Yadav, 118.1 overs)

 

Australia 2nd innings R B 4s 6s SR
MT Renshaw c Saha b Yadav 8 33 2 0 24.24
DA Warner c Saha b Yadav 6 5 1 0 120
SPD Smith* b Kumar 17 15 3 0 113.33
PSP Handscomb c Rahane b Ashwin 18 46 3 0 39.13
GJ Maxwell lbw b Ashwin 45 60 6 1 75
SE Marsh c Pujara b Jadeja 1 6 0 0 16.66
MS Wade not out 25 90 2 1 27.77
PJ Cummins c Rahane b Jadeja 12 49 1 0 24.48
SNJ O’Keefe c Pujara b Jadeja 0 4 0 0 0
NM Lyon c Vijay b Yadav 0 6 0 0 0
JR Hazlewood lbw b Ashwin 0 9 0 0 0
Extras (b 4, lb 1) 5
Total (all out; 53.5 overs) 137 (2.54 runs per over)

 

Bowling O M R W Econ
B Kumar 7 1 27 1 3.85
UT Yadav 10 3 29 3 2.9
Kuldeep Yadav 5 0 23 0 4.6
RA Jadeja 18 7 24 3 1.33
R Ashwin 13.5 4 29 3 2.09

 

Fall Of Wickets: 1-10 (Warner, 3.1 overs), 2-31 (Smith, 8.3 overs), 3-31 (Renshaw, 9.2 overs), 4-87 (Handscomb, 24.3 overs), 5-92 (Marsh, 25.3 overs), 6-106 (Maxwell, 32.3 overs), 7-121 (Cummins, 47.4 overs), 8-121 (O’Keefe, 49.2 overs), 9-122 (Lyon, 50.3 overs), 10-137 (Hazlewood, 53.5 overs)

 

India 2nd innings (to win: 106 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
KL Rahul not out 51 110 76 9 0 67.1
M Vijay c Wade b Cummins 8 61 35 0 0 22.85
CA Pujara run out (Maxwell) 0 5 5 0 0 0
AM Rahane* not out 38 43 27 4 2 140.74
Extras (b 4, lb 5) 9
Total (2 wickets; 23.5 overs) 106 (4.44 runs per over)

 

Bowling O M R W Econ
PJ Cummins 8 2 42 1 5.25
JR Hazlewood 6 2 14 0 2.33
SNJ O’Keefe 4.5 1 22 0 4.55
NM Lyon 5 0 19 0 3.8

 

Fall Of Wickets: 1-46 (Vijay, 13.1 overs), 2-46 (Pujara, 13.6 overs)

 

Man Of The Match: Ravindra Jadeja

Man Of The Series: Ravindra Jadeja

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