India traveled home to a six-wicket triumph to incur a 4-0 whitewash on Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli headed a quick Indian run pursue in chase for 155 regardless of Murali Vijay losing his wicket to Glenn Maxwell promptly in the pursuit.
Vijay tried one shot too many and missed the line after his sloppy reverse sweep failed to connect and the ball hit timber. However, Kohli joined Pujara in the middle when Australia were still harboring hopes of a dramatic victory to salvage some pride in what has been a disastrous tour.
The pair did not appear influenced by the early misfortune of a wicket and played certain heavenly shots along the ground to deny the Aussies any sniff of a possibility. The little batsmen did not take any undue dangers, attempted nothing gaudy and kept things basic, gathering runs without any difficulty. Pujara has had a superb arrangement and carried on his great shape in the final evening of what has been a notable succession for India.
India had stormed away to 72/1 by tea, requiring just 83 to score.
Pushed up the request from his typical number three without a standard opener in Delhi, Pujara hustled away to his second fifty of the match after tea as India kept the energy going. The runs came effectively and the Australian fielders looked far from certain about the embodiment of a different invasion by the Indian batsmen. They were probably shaken by the rate at which the two batsmen scored -they ventures down the track to execute the turn and all the more importanly, held each shot down the ground.
When, India had arrived at 100/1, Australia were surrendered to their fourth straight Test thrashing. Nathan Lyon, who had picked seven wickets in the first innings and talked of confining India underneath 100 in the fourth exposition, drew uncommon consideration from the Indians, going at just about five runs an over.
Any time Kohli was beyond any doubt sent once again by Lyon, India required just 33 to score. Sachin Tendulkar strolled out to a tremendous cheer from the limit swarm, just eight short of breaking Jack Hobbs’ record of the most runs by any batsman against Australia.
Australia began assaulting again in one final, edgy endeavor to put some force on the hosts yet Pujara remained unaffected, ending up being the second batsman after Vijay to arrive at 400 runs in the succession. Nonetheless, it did sway Tendulkar, who fell LBW to Lyon for the second time in the match. The Kotla was shocked into quiet, however it was an extraordinary risk for Ajinkya Rahane to make an imprint on presentation in the wake of falling flat in the first innings. However a sudden surge of blood, saw Rahane hang Maxwell up as Lyon ran after from the verge to take a straightforward get.
MS Dhoni’s landing in the fold restored some rationality and Pujara was permitted a large portion of the strike as India continued poking closer to triumph.
The closure came rapidly when Pujara creamed Maxwell for three continuous verges in the 31st over of the Indian innings to draw level. Not soon after, in the following over, Dhoni went down on one knee to swing over the line and clobber Lyon to the midwicket fence as India frolicked home.
Prior, Ravindra Jadeja’s lady five-wicket pull was the highlight of a different glittering Indian playing exhibition as Australia were grouped out for 164. R Ashwin asserted two wickets to fulfill with an arrangement pull of 29, only in front of Jadeja’s 24. Pragyan Ojha contributed with two wickets besides while Ishant Sharma struck once.
Australia might have been fancying their chances when Glenn Maxwell was elevated up the request to stroll in with David Warner. Having wrapped up India’s first innings for 272, the men from Down Under wiped off the 10-run deficiency in speedy time. Maxwell was evidently needed to impact some brisk runs up the request however Jadeja struck twice in two overs to uproot the openers.
Ed Cowan looked dead set to score some speedy runs yet Ashwin and Ojha saw off Phil Hughes and Shane Watson individually. With India striking at general interims, it was improbable for Cowan to take an excessive amount of dangers at that stage.
The main safety down the request hailed from Peter Siddle, who came to be the first number nine batsman to hit two half-hundreds of years in the same Test match. He was not alarmed to move down the pitch to the spinners and lobbing them over the top into the vacant outfield. It took Ashwin to draw him out of the pleat as Dhoni finished a simple stumping to end Siddle’s barrage.
This was Australia’s first 0-4 whitewash since the drubbing against South Africa in 1969-70. Incidentally, that embarrassment had come soon after the Baggy Greens had pocketed a 3-1 succession triumph over India and additionally, in India!
Some Interesting stats of India-Australia series
- Michael Clarke became the first captain to lose a match after declaring in the first innings. In the Test at Hyderabad, Australia declared at 237/9 only to lose that match by an innings.
- Nathan Lyon’s haul of 7/94 was the fourth best haul by a foreign spinner in India. The best haul by a spinner in India is also by an Australian, Jason Krejza, 8/215 at Nagpur in 2008.
- This is the first time in Test history that a No.9 batsman has scored back to back fifties in a match. Peter Siddle achieved this feat today.Shikhar Dhawan’s 187 is the second highest score for a debutant against Australia in Test cricket. The highest is by Tip Foster who scored 287 for England against Australia at the SCG in 1903.
- Dhoni’s 224 is the highest ever score by an Indian wicket-keeper in Tests. He is also the only Indian wicket-keeper to score a double ton.
For India, Pujara and Vijay scored over 400 runs in this series. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up 29 and 24 wickets respectively. The whole team performed as a unit, whereas Australia were plagued by injuries, reports of a fractured dressing room due to the homework gate scandal and lack of aggression. In every which way you look at it, India have demolished Australia.
For Australia, nothing much to write home about. Michael Clarke was the lone star in their batting. The rest of the batting line up were confounded by the Indian spinners. Ed Cowan hung in there but could not contribute regularly. The Australian bowlers, barring James Pattinson, Peter Siddle andNathan Lyon struggled on these pitches.
In Chennai, Dhoni’s 224 stole the momentum completely from Australia. In Hyderabad, Pujara and Vijay’s partnership of 370 for the second wicket demolished Australia. In Mohali, Dhawan’s breath-taking century, which was the fastest by an Indian and also the fastest ever on Test debut, ensured Australia were knocked out for the count. In Delhi, Jadeja’s five wicket haul and Pujara’s twin fifties ensured India achieved the whitewash.
If one has to sum up the performances of the Indian team, it was lead by the Generation X cricketers like Pujara, Dhawan and Vijay who performed consistently with the bat. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadejabecame the spin twins very much in the mould of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. However, there were several players who played knocks that impacted the game in a big way.
Result Summary of Australia’s tour to India: 1st Test: Lost by 8 wickets. 2nd Test: Lost by an innings and 135 runs. 3rd Test: Lost by 6 wickets. 4th Test: Lost by 6 wickets.
Result Summary of India’s tour to Australia: 1st Test: Lost by 122 runs. 2nd Test: Lost by an innings and 68 runs. 3rd Test: Lost by an innings and 37 runs. 4th Test: Lost by 298 runs.