Virat Kohli Hails Indian Cricket Team After Border Gavaskar Trophy Win

Dharamsala: Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane steered India to an eight-wicket win in the fourth and final test against Australia as the hosts secured a 2-1 series victory at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.

Chasing 106 to win the final Test and claim a 2-1 series win, the Indians cruised to victory off the back of an unbeaten 60-run stand between KL Rahul (51) and captain Ajinkya Rahane (38).

That they are in pole position is due in no small part to the all-round efforts of Jadeja, whose flamboyant 63 included four fours and as many sixes and included a crucial 96-run partnership with Wriddhiman Saha.

Australia, scoring only 137 runs in their second outing and setting a 106-run victory-target, now face the hard task of restricting India, who started the run chase on a positive note, with two day's play left.

Bhuvneshwar, who till the post-lunch session had a terrible Test match, for once got lucky when Smith tried to pull a short delivery only to get a bottom edge that knocked back his off-stump.

Smith amassed 499 runs including three centuries from the four Tests, only the sixth visiting batsman to score so many hundreds in a series in India.

David Warner (56) and Mathew Wade (57) were other notable contributors for the visitors.

The Indian bowlers were brilliant, from Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the new ball to the spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja later in the innings.

After two days of ebbing fortunes in the finale of an evenly-matched series tied at 1-1, India finally surged ahead in the morning session when they fashioned a valuable 32-run lead before they were dismissed for 332 on the stroke of lunch.

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has questioned India's tactics in the fourth test.

Australia's only test series win in India during the past 47 years came in 2004, when Clarke made his debut. "We wanted to be number one in the Test rankings and the way we've played has been fantastic". They will therefore also win the table-toppers' prize of $1million.

The four-match Test series is now locked at 1-1.

Nathan Lyon relished the bounce on offer at Dharamsala to snare up four wickets in Australia's comeback on Day 2.

The tone was set for a dramatic day when Jadeja was given out caught behind from the very first ball, the batsman successfully overturning the decision as replays proved he had clipped pad with his bat and not ball.

Besides Lyon, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins also chipped in with a wicket each.

  • Julie Sanders