Series win for India. They have beaten Steve Smith and Co by 8 wickets in Dharamsala Test to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India have won all the series in this home season and have lost just a Test.
India defeated Australia by 8 wickets to win the fourth and final Test to complete what has been a fantastic home season for Indian cricket.
The profits in the final Test also powered India to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. KL Rahul brought up his sixth, fifty (51*) of the series while Ajinkya Rahane, who was captaining the side in the Virat Kohli’s absence, scored a Quickfire 38 off 27 balls as India brushed off Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara’s dismissal to dash Australia’s tiny hopes at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium.
India pushed Australia out of the contest as the bowlers put up their hands and dismissed Steve Smith and Co for a miserable sum of 137.
A first-innings lead of 32 runs meant that India were set at 106-run target to bag the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) venue. With the Indian openers – Murali Vijay and KL Rahul – knocking off 19 of 106 runs without much bickering, the home squad was required to win the match comfortably.
While Ravindra Jadeja was the headliner of the show with bat and ball on Day 3, it was Umesh Yadav, who set up Australian second-innings collapse with a hostile turn of pace bowling.
Australia, for their misfortune, gave out to cope with Umesh’s bowling and Bhuvneshwar Kumar rattling Steve Smith’s stumps made the matters worse for the touring side.
While Virat Kohli was left out of action in Dharamsala Test following a shoulder injury in Ranchi Test, Ajinkya Rahane did a wonderful job as a stand-in skipper in a series-decider.
In what was his first match as Test skipper, the team performed well and he must have been a happy man as the team crossed the goal line with a thumping win on Tuesday.