India vs Australia: Ajinkya Rahane and Co defeat visitors to reclaim Border-Gavaskar Trophy

AFP, Mar, 28 2017

Dharamsala: India underlined their status as the world's number one side as they demolished Australia by eight wickets to clinch a bitterly fought series 2-1 and on day four of the fourth Test Tuesday.

Chasing 106, opener KL Rahul (51 not out) hit the winning runs in Dharamsala to take back the Border-Gavaskar trophy from Australia, who had triumphed at home in 2014-15.

KL Rahul celebrates as India defeat Australia at Dharamsala. Image courtesy: Twitter/@BCCI

KL Rahul celebrates as India defeat Australia at Dharamsala. Image courtesy: Twitter/@BCCI

India's stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane (38 not out) hit two sixes in a row off Pat Cummins on the way to the comprehensive victory, as the home crowd waved giant India flags and danced in the stands.

The hosts scored 332 in their first innings in reply to Australia's 300 before the tourists collapsed for just 137 on the third day.

India lost Murali Vijay to fast bowler Cummins and Cheteshwar Pujara to a run out, but they were the only hiccups the home side faced in the morning session.

The Indians owed their win to all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja who starred with both bat and ball, top-scoring with 63 runs in the first innings before taking three wickets with his left-arm spin during Australia's short-lived second knock.

Indian pace bowlers Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also contributed to give their side early breakthroughs.

Australia had themselves to blame for capitulating during their second innings after giving India a close fight throughout the series, marked by several flare-ups between the players.

The victory was India's 10th out of 13 Tests in a marathon home season that saw them get the better of New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.

Published Date: Mar 28, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 28, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115