India retain ICC Test Championship mace, win $1 million

Dharamsala - India were on track Monday to clinch a series victory over Australia, needing just 87 more runs to win the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala with all second-innings wickets intact.

India have come away with a match win, series win, and reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar trophy on Day 4 at Dharamsala, easily reaching the target 106 inside the first session.

The 60-run third-wicket association between Rahul and Rahane was a culmination of a concentrated effort from India. "The thing I said before the first Test, I have certainly been proven wrong and you won't hear me say that ever again", Kohli said.

Resuming on 248/6 and still trailing by 52, the duo frustrated the Australian bowlers as India took the lead and Jadeja made a half century.

Steve Smith says Australia have taken giant strides to slay their subcontinental demons despite their fearless campaign in India ending with a heavy defeat in the deciding Test on Tuesday.

Jadeja, known for his bowling more so than his batting, showed a cool head with good defence, and even better hitting across his pads, clipping Lyon for a half-century.

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has questioned India's tactics in the fourth test. Five balls later, Pujara was run out for a duck. He went for the kill in Australia's second innings and did not allow the game to drift.

R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja started to do what they have done through this entire season and Australia realised the fighting spirit of Steve Waugh had taken an early flight back home.

Jadeja was adjudged caught behind off the very first ball of the third morning bowled by Cummins but he promptly used DRS to get a favourable decision after the TV replays confirmed that there was no edge.

In the Dharamsala Test, the 28-year-old scored his sixth fifty-plus knock in the 2016-17 season, equal to captain Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul.

"Everyone was passionate about their team, but there was no anger or animosity, it was a really fun place to be", Brenton Pember said.

The Uttar Pradesh player disturbed Peter Handscomb's stumps and then bamboozled Glenn Maxwell with a brilliant googly to peg back Australia. They have been challenged on the odd occasion, but have mostly overturned that with an emphatic show soon after. The left-arm spinner kept it tight and picked up the most number of wickets in the series (25). However, the dismal form of opener David Warner for the second straight series in India would have anxious the Aussies. If South Africa wins or draws the Test, it will be assured of second place but a loss will see Australia finish ahead of it in second place.

After an ill-tempered, often spiteful four-match series against those same Australians that is no longer the case.

For Kohli, Jadeja could be his Go To man when India play outside sub-continent and three pacers would be the order of the day.

  • Julie Sanders