India v Aus Cricket Blog: India Win by 8 Wkts; Clinch Series 2-1
India Win Series by 2-1
Rahul punches the ball on the leg side and takes India over the line! The home side win the match by eight wickets and clinch the series 2-1.
India needed just 87 runs at the start of play. KL Rahul, who scored his sixth fifty of the series, came out and started smacking the ball over the park.
India had a slight stutter when Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara got out in quick succession, but then Rahane and Rahul didn’t give an inch to the Australians with an excellent partnership pf 60 runs.
So there it is, the four-match series is over! India were down and out after losing the first Test by 333 runs at Pune and then were almost out of the match in the second Test at Bengaluru, before the Indian spinners eked out a 75-run victory for India.
Come Ranchi, Cheteshwar Pujara stepped up with a double century and the longest Indian innings and helped India draw the Test.
And in Dharamsala, it was the bowlers again, who bundled out Australia for 137 runs and restricted the visitors’ lead to just 106 runs.
India lost the Border-Gvaskar Trophy in the 2014-15 tour to Australia, and now they have regained it!
Ajinkya Rahane hasn’t looked this confident during the entire series! He first smacks Cummins for a six over midwicket and then in the next ball of the 20th over, he hit another six over the cover region.
India need just another 22 more runs to win the series.
Yes, No, Yes, No and Pujara gets run out after Maxwell picks up the ball and hits the stumps. The Indian goes for a duck! Is there a twist in the tale?
Pujara knocks the ball to point and takes off for a run. Rahul takes off then stops, then starts again. Pujara kept responding to Rahul’s movements and in the process found himself short of the non-striker’s crease.