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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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)|
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)|
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)|
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)|
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