Highlights, India vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 5 in Sydney, Full Cricket Score: Match ends in draw; India register historic series win
Date: Monday, 07 January, 2019 09:58 IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney
Australia drew with India
Australia drew with India
This over 4.0
6 ( 4.0 ) R/R: 1.5
Usman Khawaja 4(12)
Marcus Harris 2(12)
Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2018-19 4th Test Match Result Australia drew with India
That's it from us in our coverage of the 2018-19 Test series between India and Australia. Historic moment for Indian cricket as the team registers its first-ever Test series victory on Australian soil since Lala Amarnath's men travelled Down Under in 1947 to face off against Don Bradman and Co. India were a class above the hosts on this occasion, whether it be the batting department or the bowling unit. The Kohli-led team deserved to walk away winners at the end of the series, and South Africa now beckons as the final frontier for the Indian team to conquer.
We hope you enjoyed our coverage of the Test series that started way back on 6 December. The ODI leg of the tour kicks off in four days time, and the home team will be hoping to bounce back in the 50-over format, and somewhat ease the pain of the Test series loss.
For now, we bid you all goodbye.
Virat Kohli: We spoke about our batting and wanted to do the basics. Special mention to Pujara, he's been outstanding in the series, especially after his last time out in Australia. We feel happy for him. Special mention to Mayank Agarwal too, he stood up as a champion on Boxing Day. Speaks highly of his mindset, but as a batting group we all contributed. It's something that augurs well for the team. The way the bowlers have dictated and dominated, not here but also in England and South Africa, it's something I haven't seen before. Hats off to them. Australia are always going to be competitive. Every team goes through a transition, and their dominance kept world cricket exciting for so many years. I'm sure they'll regroup as a side and play some exciting cricket in the future.
Virat Kohli, winning captain: I have never been more proud of being part of a team, than this one right here. Our transition began right here, where I took over as captain, and I can't believe that after four years we've won here. Just one word to say, 'proud', to lead this team and it's an honour and privilege. The boys make the captain look good. By far, this is my biggest achievement. It's at the top of the pile. When we won the 2011 World Cup, I was the youngest member of the side. Saw everyone emotional there, but I didn't feel it. Here, after coming three times, this win means something else. The series win will give us a different identity, and what we've been able to achieve... something to be proud of.
Tim Paine, Australia captain: I think we have to. Playing in India and playing in foreign conditions, we know how tough it is to win overseas. We had our chances to win at Adelaide. At Perth I thought we played pretty good. Were outplayed at Melbourne and Sydney. We've got some talent in this team and some talent that aren't playing at the moment. The message is to keep scoring runs. We know as a playing group we need to get better. There are some positives to come out of this doom and gloom. We've got to keep working hard. Cricket is a funny game and you never know when things can turn around. We have an eye on the preparation for Sri Lanka, which is a huge series for us.
Cheteshwar Pujara, Player of the Series and Player of the Match: It's a great feeling for all of us. We've been working really hard to win a series overseas. And especially doing it in this country, it's never easy. First hundred was special, scoring it in Adelaide and going 1-0 up is something which we were all aiming for. When you do that, there's a good chance of winning the series. As a batsman, you just need to get used to pace and bounce. Playing in different conditions, in South Africa, in England, in county cricket has helped me improve my technique. Definitely the best squad I've been a part of. Congratulations to the bowlers. Taking 20 wickets in never easy. I'll be playing some first-class cricket back home. During IPL, I might be playing county cricket. Next Test series is 6-7 months away. I'll work hard on my game to play white-ball cricket. But Test cricket is my priority, it'll always remain my priority.
Australia have had a turbulent time in 2018, and this series' loss is only a reflection of that. They have a couple bright spots though, Marcus Harris especially, and they can look forward to the return of David Warner and Steve Smith. Again, all focus will shift to white-ball cricket now, barring a two Test series against Sri Lanka for them. Maybe that will be between two equal sides, as India were out of reach for Australia in this series. Never thought would get to say that sitting in Sydney... 2-1!
India have done what they set out to achieve, if not in South Africa and England, then definitely here in Australia. Comprehensive wins in Adelaide and Melbourne, despite losing the second Test in Perth. The gap between the two sides was too much to bridge. Cheteshwar Pujara rediscovered his overseas mojo, the Indian bowling attack looked superb, and Jasprit Bumrah bowled like a star. A true team effort with Virat Kohli not even the top-scorer for the side. Now, after celebrations here, the focus can shift to the World Cup.
Teams winning a Test series for the first time in Australia,
England - 1882/83
West Indies - 1979/80
New Zealand - 1985/86
South Africa - 2008/09
India - 2018/19*
After 25.973 days (i.e.71 years, 1 month and 10 days), an Asian team has registered a Test series win in Australia.
Play has been called off on Day 5, and the fourth Test between India and Australia ends in a draw. India register their FIRST-EVER TEST SERIES WIN IN AUSTRALIA!
JUST IN: An inspection will take place at 2.30 pm local time (9 am IST), confirms Cricket Australia in a tweet.
Virat Kohli out and about in the pavilion. Signing autographs and taking pictures. No sign of things changing at the moment. Maybe India will wait a bit because they want to be on the field when they do it. Maybe, but we won't know until later. Still waiting.
As we wait for the play to begin on Day 5 at Sydney, here's Gaurav Joshi on how Kuldeep Yadav realised his boyhood dream on Day 4 of the Sydney Test.
I think we are going to set a new record here. The maximum amount of time lost for the minimum amount of rain!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 7, 2019
And it's lunch on Day 5.
India, meanwhile, will desperately be praying for the clouds to disappear, although the bowling unit will still have to collect 10 wickets in two sessions, something that's easier said than done.
Confirmation coming in of lunch being taken at 12.30 pm local time (7 am IST). Conditions however, still are bleak at Sydney, and it doesn't look like play is going to start on the final day anytime soon.
Two-time World Cup-winner Ricky Ponting has lashed out at the current Australian team after their poor outing in the four-Test series against India, saying that Time Paine and company are lacking the 'desperation' that defined the previous generation.
Ponting's statement was a reaction to Nathan Lyon's dismissal to Kuldeep Yadav on Day 4, in which the tail-ender chose not to review the successful lbw appeal even though the point of impact looked like it might have been marginally outside off.
Read the full story here.
Cheteshwar Pujara worthy of many privileges in Virat Kohli's kingdom: Ian Chappell
Normally not known to be generous with superlatives, the great Ian Chappell found Cheteshwar Pujara "worthy of many privileges" in Virat Kohli's "kingdom" for his tenacity and tons of runs.
Full story here.
However, South Africa's celebrations after their victory at Newlands has been dampened a little after captain Faf du Plessis had been handed a one-match ban by the ICC for slow over-rate. Du Plessis thus is set to miss the final Test at Johannesburg.
Read the full story here.
South Africa pulled off their seventh consecutive Test series victory one home soil after cruising to a nine-wicket win over Pakistan in the second Test at Cape Town, gaining an unassailable 2-0 lead in the process.
Read the full match report here.
Sydney's average annual rainfall is double that of London and Melbourne. It is higher than Dublin, Seattle, New York, Rio de Janeiro & many other places you might consider wet. It also is uniformly distributed throughout the year with no distinct wet or dry seasons. #AUSvIND— Anthony Sharwood ❄️🍉 (@antsharwood) January 6, 2019
Meanwhile, freelance cricket journalist Gaurav Joshi previews the final day of the 2018-19 edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and gives us an insight into what we can expect from the day's play, weather permitting.
Dilip Vengsarkar praises Virat Kohli and Co for their performance in Australia
"This is a fantastic achievement by Virat Kohli's team. Australia has tough conditions for touring teams but the way they (Indian team) have adapted to these conditions is exemplary to say the least. Every team is rated on how they perform outside their own country and this Indian team has made us proud and they have done so well," Vengsarkar said.
Read full report here.
Peter Handscomb says Australia will look to effect a draw in Sydney Test
"We will be coming out tomorrow and drawing this game, and then we will assess where we need to improve and get together as a team. We know that as a batting group we can take some confidence out of tomorrow if we can last the day, showing the country and the world that we are not far off from clicking as a really good team," said Handscomb after the fourth day's play.
Read the full report here.
Australia were 6/0 at stumps on Day 4 after being bowled out for 300 in their first innings. They are still 316 runs behind India's first innings total of 622. Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowler in the first innings as he took five for 99. Bowlers would love to have another crack at Aussie batsmen but a lot will depend on the weather. For Australia, Usman Khawaja (4) and Marcus Harris (2) will resume batting on Day 5.
We are here! Final day of the Test series. India need 10 wickets to make it 3-1 but regardless of the result of the fourth Test, a series win for India is almost guaranteed. It will be India's maiden Test series win in Australia. A large part of yesterday's play was lost due to bad light and the forecast for Day 5 also includes rain and bad light.
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Report, Day 4: India’s disciplined unit of fast bowlers have been instrumental in the success of the tour of Australia but, with their maiden series triumph Down Under all but secured, it was spinner Kuldeep Yadav who grabbed the spotlight on Sunday.
The left-arm wrist spinner’s five for 99 helped the tourists dismiss Australia for 300 before enforcing the follow-on on the rain-disrupted fourth day of a fourth test they only need to draw to take the series.
Kuldeep happily admits to being India’s third-string spinner behind the injured Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja but, according to bowling coach Bharat Arun, the 24-year-old brings something very special to the team.
“Kuldeep is a very, very skilful bowler as he’s proved in one-dayers, he’s probably the number one bowler in the one-day format,” the coach said.
“He’s unique in the fact that there are very few chinaman (left-arm unorthodox spin) bowlers in the world. He’s also able to bring in the googly.
“There’s also his ability to use the crease. He can bowl over and round (the wicket) and also from wideout. That gives him a lot more variety and there’s a lot more to come from him.”
Kuldeep took 4-91 on his test debut against Australia in Dharamsala in March 2017, but had only five more outings until this week in Sydney.
Those included his maiden five-wicket haul against West Indies in Rajkot last October, but also the disappointment of a wicketless match against England at Lord’s.
“He’s young, he will learn, he didn’t have a great outing in England, so this test match will give him a lot of confidence,” Arun added. “Considering he’s a spinner at his age, he’s got a lot more cricket in him.”
Arun said India’s bowlers had drawn lessons from the lost series in South Africa and England last year to adapt their approach to the tour of Australia.
“We drew on all those experiences and said that to be successful in Australia, we need to take the cut and pull away from the Australian batsmen and focus on our strengths,” he said. “That’s exactly what we did.”
Australia batsman Peter Handscomb said the Indians had executed their plan to perfection.
“I’ve had one cut shot all series and it went straight to second slip,” he admitted ruefully.
“They haven’t missed their mark. You can talk about bowling plans as much as you want but they’ve executed top of off stump, which is test cricket. And they’ve just repeated, repeated, repeated.”
With inputs from Reuters