- India beat Australia by eight wickets in the fourth Test at Dharamsala.
- India clinch the four-match series 4-1.
- KL Rahul scores his sixth fifty of the series on day four of the match.
India Win Series by 2-1
Rahul punches the ball on the leg side and takes India over the line! The home side win the match by eight wickets and clinch the series 2-1.
India needed just 87 runs at the start of play. KL Rahul, who scored his sixth fifty of the series, came out and started smacking the ball over the park.
India had a slight stutter when Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara got out in quick succession, but then Rahane and Rahul didn’t give an inch to the Australians with an excellent partnership pf 60 runs.
So there it is, the four-match series is over! India were down and out after losing the first Test by 333 runs at Pune and then were almost out of the match in the second Test at Bengaluru, before the Indian spinners eked out a 75-run victory for India.
Come Ranchi, Cheteshwar Pujara stepped up with a double century and the longest Indian innings and helped India draw the Test.
And in Dharamsala, it was the bowlers again, who bundled out Australia for 137 runs and restricted the visitors’ lead to just 106 runs.
India lost the Border-Gvaskar Trophy in the 2014-15 tour to Australia, and now they have regained it!
Wonderful series. The cricket on field far better than the distractions off it. You'll forget the silly controversy and remember the cricket— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 28, 2017
This is a huge result. I expected 3-0 but Australia played with great heart.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 28, 2017
Aus must be given credit for fighting tooth & nail. Young side, not enough depth of experience, but great spirit. Well done Smith & Co— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 28, 2017
I'd be tempted to give the Man of the Series award to Jadeja. Who's yours?— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 28, 2017
Rahane Smacks Cummins For Two Sixes
Ajinkya Rahane hasn’t looked this confident during the entire series! He first smacks Cummins for a six over midwicket and then in the next ball of the 20th over, he hit another six over the cover region.
India need just another 22 more runs to win the series.
Rahane wants to have lunch early!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 28, 2017
Pujara Run Out!
Yes, No, Yes, No and Pujara gets run out after Maxwell picks up the ball and hits the stumps. The Indian goes for a duck! Is there a twist in the tale?
Pujara knocks the ball to point and takes off for a run. Rahul takes off then stops, then starts again. Pujara kept responding to Rahul’s movements and in the process found himself short of the non-striker’s crease.
India: 46/2 after 14 overs.
WTF! Brain fade moment for both Pujara and Rahul and India's most consistent batsman in series run out. Tension has built up suddenly...— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 28, 2017
Australia have found the early wicket they wanted! Pat Cummins gets the ball to move away from Vijay and the batsman nicks the ball to Matthew Wade behind the stumps.
Vijay goes for 8 runs. Australia will keep pestering until the very end, but with the way KL Rahul is batting, they don’t have a lot of time on their hands.
India need 60 more runs to win the match.
Rahul Gets Cracking!
KL Rahul is not waiting to play out the first hour, instead he is looking to finish the match in the first hour of play on day four.
The Karnataka batsman first drives O'Keefe to the fence through the off-side in the first ball of the 10th over and sweeps him in the third ball, for another boundary.
India need 66 more runs to win the series.
India: 40/0 after 10 overs.
Young @klrahul11 taking on the bowling. This could actually end quite quickly— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 28, 2017
Rahul in no mood to stretch the match longer than is necessary. Right approach. Getting bogged down can be counterproductive— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 28, 2017
‘After You Lose, We’ll Have Dinner,’ Says Jadeja
Welcome to the coverage of day four of the third Test between India and Australia from Dharamsala.
India took the game away from the Australians on day three after first, attaining a lead of 32 runs and then bundling them out for just 137 runs in their second innings.
KL Rahul and Murali Vijay safely negotiated six overs and took India to 19/0 at the close of play.
All India need to do today, is knock off 87 runs, and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be theirs.
Australia will be hoping to get a few quick wickets early in the day to make things interesting, but they will be up against a very determined Indian batting line-up.
Here’s what our cricket expert Nishant Arora had to say after day three of the Dharamsala Test.
Small targets can be tricky. India need to ensure they play out first half hour without damage. Couple of wickets could make things sticky— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 28, 2017