India clinch the series 2-1 & retained Border-Gavaskar trophy
India vs Australia, 4th Test,Dharamsala
Series: Australia tour of India 2017
India won by 8 wickets and Series 2-1
AUS 300/10 & 137/10
Ind 332/10 & 106/2 Rahul(51*)
MoM and MoS: Ravindra Jadeja
India defeated Australia by 8 wickets within the fourth and final Test at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium on Tuesday to clinch the 4-match series 2-1 to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Lokesh Rahul hit a 1/2-century and guided the hosts to victory together with stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane after the early departure of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara.
Rahul remained undefeated on 51 at the same time as Rahane turned into 38*.
Fittingly, it was Rahul who hit the winning runs, guiding the ball from left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe to the on-side.
Needing 106 runs for the win, the Indians reached the goal around 90mins and 17.5 overs into the first session of the fourth day.
Fast bowler Pat Cummins got the only wicket of the day whilst he claimed Vijay’s wicket at the same time as Pujara turned into run out thanks to an notable piece of fielding through Glenn Maxwell.
The hosts resumed overnight score of 19/0 and Vijay survived a scare in the first over of the day when Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood came up with couple of lbw appeals off consecutive balls.
The Indians got their first runs of the day in the second over while an O’Keefe bowled to Rahul turned sharply, evaded the bat and outfoxed Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade before attaining the boundary.
Rahul turned into in super form, taking the battle to the Australian bowlers although Vijay persisted to struggle at the alternative cease.
Rahul got a fortunate boundary whilst he attempted to go after a Hazlewood ball outside the line of his off-stump but most effective controlled to provide an outside edge. The ball however, went among the slips and the gully to present Rahul his first boundary of the day.
The Karnataka batsman but, shook off the nerves with two fours off O’Keefe within the subsequent over. He produced another amazing shot off the backfoot to hit Hazlewood to the midwicket boundary couple of overs later.
The visitors hit again with the aid of taking two wickets within the next over.
Cummins, who changed O’Keefe in the attack, dismissed Vijay with the 1st ball of the over whilst the Tamil Nadu batsman went after a shipping which slightly outside the off-stump only to offer an easy edge to Wade.
Pujara came in and played five balls before some terrible running between the wickets and a axcellent direct hit from Maxwell which knocked out the middle stump compelled him to go back to the pavilion.
But that changed into the handiest little bit of fulfillment the Australians could manage to rejoice as Rahul and Rahane batted aggressively to progress India to victory.