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India vs Australia 4th test – Ind wins series, score, highlights, Twitter reactions

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Another massive series win for India. The hosts were able to beat the visitors from down under by a huge margin. While, the initial matches of the series were a lot competitive, the fourth and the last match was a completely one-sided affair for the hosts.

It came so easily, despite the absence of Virat Kohli, the regular captain of Indian team in all the series. He had sustained injury in last match and so he had to abstain from it.

Ajinkya Rahane provided excellent leadership to the Indian team in the absence of the regular captain whose fracases with the visiting Australian team have become a common knowledge.

To be true, when the Aussies started bowling at the Indian batsmen this morning, the 4th day of the match, there was no hope that they could do anything. They had merely 87 runs to defend and they needed to take 10 wickets, more than a Herculean task indeed.

While the Aussies bowlers tried their best, but they had no chance. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins fired the ball down with pace and venom after a night’s refreshment. The loss of M Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara – the latter run out by a brilliant throw from Glenn Maxwell – kept Australia hoping. But soon it became clear that they couldn’t do.

After the win, Cheteshwar Pujara called it a “fantastic series”. “Especially after the disappointment of the first Test. We probably wanted to win 3-1, but we are happy with 2-1. The way the fast bowlers bowled in the second innings was fabulous. We have been having good partnerships. I just told him we didn’t want to to lose wickets in the first session on day two even if we didn’t get runs. We knew if we didn’t lose wickets, we could score big. The run rate was not that important. I would like to keep going if there were a few matches. I really enjoyed this home season, and hope to continue next season” said he.

Ashwin was also very pleased with the team performance. “Yesterday was really special. The game in balance, and Umesh blasting them away…I have been battling injuries this series, thanks to the physio and the support staff to get me up. Jaddu and I have been hand in glove all season. When we bowl in tandem, it has been great. Credit needs to be given to Jaddu, he gives me the cushion to try different things” said he.
Australia 1st innings
DA Warner c Rahane b Kuldeep Yadav 56
MT Renshaw b Yadav 1 10
SPD Smith* c Rahane b Ashwin 111
SE Marsh c †Saha b Yadav 4
PSP Handscomb b Kuldeep Yadav 8
GJ Maxwell b Kuldeep Yadav 8
MS Wade† b Jadeja 57
PJ Cummins c & b Kuldeep Yadav 21
SNJ O’Keefe run out 8
NM Lyon c Pujara b Kumar 13
JR Hazlewood not out 2
Extras (b 1, lb 10) 11
Total (all out; 88.3 overs) 300 (3.38 runs per over)
India 1st innings
KL Rahul c Warner b Cummins 60
M Vijay c †Wade b Hazlewood 11
CA Pujara c Handscomb b Lyon 57
AM Rahane* c Smith b Lyon 46
KK Nair c †Wade b Lyon 5
R Ashwin lbw b Lyon 30
WP Saha† c Smith b Cummins 31
RA Jadeja b Cummins 63
B Kumar c Smith b O’Keefe 0
Kuldeep Yadav c Hazlewood b Lyon 7
UT Yadav not out 2
Extras (b 4, lb 11, w 5) 20
Total (all out; 118.1 overs) 332 (2.80 runs per over)

Australia 2nd innings
MT Renshaw c †Saha b Yadav 8
DA Warner c †Saha b Yadav 6
SPD Smith* b Kumar 17
PSP Handscomb c Rahane b Ashwin 18
GJ Maxwell lbw b Ashwin 45
SE Marsh c Pujara b Jadeja 1
MS Wade† not out 25
PJ Cummins c Rahane b Jadeja 12
SNJ O’Keefe c Pujara b Jadeja 0
NM Lyon c Vijay b Yadav 0
JR Hazlewood lbw b Ashwin 0
Extras (b 4, lb 1) 5
Total (all out; 53.5 overs) 137 (2.54 runs per over)
India 2nd innings (target: 106 runs)
KL Rahul not out 51
M Vijay c †Wade b Cummins 8
CA Pujara run out (Maxwell) 0
AM Rahane* not out 38
Extras (b 4, lb 5) 9
Total (2 wickets; 23.5 overs) 106 (4.44 runs per over)

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