India vs Australia, Dharamsala Test: Rahul, Rahane help IND regain Border-Gavaskar Trophy

India defeated Australia by eight wickets to win the series 2-1 and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India also finished as No. 1 spot in ICC’s Test calendar this season after this win. KL Rahul scored 51 while Ajinkya Rahane hit 38 as India reached the 106-run target on Day 4 in less than a session. Catch highlights of India vs Australia fourth Test, day 4 here.

cricket Updated: Mar 28, 2017 16:58 IST
Abhishek Paul
Abhishek Paul
Hindustan Times
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Indian cricket team players with the Border–Gavaskar Trophy after defeating Australia by eight wickets in the Dharamsala Test.(BCCI)

India sealed a memorable 2-1 series victory against Australia, with an eight-wicket win in the fourth Test in Dharamasala, thus reclaiming the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. On Day 4, KL Rahul scored his seventh fifty as India reached the target in less than a session. Captain Ajinkya Rahane scored a quick-fire 38 off 27 balls. Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja’s stellar show with bat and ball put the Rahane-led team in the drivers’ seat in the fourth and final Test. Get highlights of Day 4 action of the fourth India vs Australia Test here. (SCORECARD | WHERE TO SEE STREAMING)

4:27pm: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday congratulated Indian cricket team for retaining the No. 1 position in Test team rankings and registering unbeaten series wins in the home season 2016-17. The BCCI also announced the following cash awards after the historic Test series win against Australia – (i) Team India Test team members – INR 50 Lakhs (ii) Team India Head Coach – INR 25 Lakhs (iii) Team India Support Staff – INR 15 Lakhs

12:02pm: The Test season has ended for India, but cricket will follow as IPL starts on April 5.

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11:45 am: Sunil Gavaskar presents the ICC Test Championship Mace and a winner’s cheque of $1 million to Virat Kohli as India finish the April 1 cut off date as No.1 Test side.

11:40am: However, Kohli had a bad news for fans. “It is still a few weeks to go for me to be 100 percent on the field (talking about his shoulder injury),” he said.

11:38am: “Unbelievable feeling. I think this was the best series win we have had so far. The way the guys handled situations and the way Ajinkya captained was amazing. The changes made to out fitness regime has paid off I guess,” Vrat Kohli says.

“In the past we might have given away the game in a few sessions, but the way we fought was amazing. There has not been one of two individuals that have stood, it’s been a team season. Lot of credit has to go to all the boys. The kind of fitness they have showed and the desire to win was brilliant to watch.”

11:34am: “Really happy as a captain, unfortunately Virat got injured. We decided during lunch time on Day 1 that if we take one wicket - only Smith and Warner were scoring the runs - we can put pressure. We all had confidence in Kuldeep. I felt the bowlers from the other end also maintained the pressure,” Rahane, the captain, says.

“The kind of bowling Umesh, Bhuvi, Ishant, Shami did throughout the season was good to watch. I was just thinking about the Sri Lanka game when we lost chasing 130 odd runs. So I just wanted to play positively. Credit to Australia for fighting hard. I felt this was the best wicket (of the series).”

11:32am: “Really happy to be part of this No. 1 team. When I was batting, I was just thinking that I will take my time, but whatever Wade chirped from behind the stumps motivated me,” Jadeja says.

“To develop overall as a player was good to see in me. From one end Ashwin takes wickets, at time I take wickets from one end. So the pressure is always there. Good to bowl with him. Hopefully we will do well outside India as well.”

11:28am: Ravindra Jadeja is the Man of the series and the Man of the Match.

11:25am: “To finish off like this after being 0-1 down, fabulous. It was important for the team to stand up after Virat’s injury and Rahane led the team well. After losing the toss the bowlers did well to restrict them. I think the fast bowlers have bowled well throughout the season; especially yesterday to see Umesh and Bhuvi running in like that.” Kumble.

“The mind games were done on the pitch and chasing 106 in the last innings was brilliant. The positives have been adapting to different conditions. We have had 25 players come in and they have adapted to the conditions.”

Rahul , who hits the winning runs, has been a revelation this season, and he is taking it as a learning experience. “This series has taught me a lot. After the Pune Test I could not play the big shots, that was a big restriction. Nothing else matters than a Test series win against Australia,” he said.

“I took a few knocks, but all I was telling myself it was okay to a few hits for my team. The way Jinks came out and started hitting sixes was amazing. It is one of the best Test matches and Test series we have been part of,” he added.

Pujara, who scored a series turning 92 in Bangalore and then a 2002 in Ranchi, said: “We had a fantastic series, especially after a disappointing first Test. We wanted to win it 3-1, but we won it 2-1 and we are very happy. We have been having partnerships from the Bangalore Test match.”

“I was telling KL that he was getting himself out, especially after the Bangalore test, rather than the bowlers getting him out. Not really (when asked if he wanted a break after a great season). I would still like to keep going if there were a few matches. I really enjoyed this particular season.”

10:52am: India win by eight wickets!

Rahul takes two runs off O’Keefe to reach his half-century mark as India end the home Test season with a bang.

10:47am: Rahul has been very consistent this season he has been. He has scored five fifties in the last three Tests. India 101/2

10:45am: Rahane has played a very uncharacteristic innings. He hits O’Keefe for a four again. India 95/2

10:40am: Rahul has moved to his 46 and is eyeing his sixth fifty. India 89/2

10:34am: SIX! Rahane goes after Cummins as the India captain hits him for successive sixes, first in the deep square and second at sweeper cover.

10:28am: India need just 39 more runs to win.

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10:27am: FOUR! Rahane hits Cummins in the fine leg region. India 67/2

10:22am: Lyon gets a thick edge off Rahul but there was no fielder at gully. It’s a four. India 62/2

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10:14am: FOURS! Captain Ajinkya Rahane comes to the field and takes no time to settle in as he hits Pat Cumins for a couple of boundaries. India 56/2

10:09am:Pujara gone. It was a poor run out. After two wickets in same over, India on 46/2

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10:04am: Vijay out. Pat Cummins gets him. India 46/1

10:00am: Four again! India 46/0

9:58 am: India have again resorted to their pacers after O’keefe had a terrible start to the day. The visitors know they need a miracle to win this match.

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9:54 am: After a stormy couple of overs, Indian openers are playing it safe. India 42/0

9:52am: Cummins is in action. Aussies are desperate after the opener’s onslaught

9:47am: FOUR again! Rahul sweeps O’keefe for a boundary again!! India 39/0

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9:44am: FOUR! Rahul goes after O’keefe with a brilliant square drive! India are racing towards the target. India 35/0

9:41am:FOUR! Rahul cuts Hazlewood short delivery as the ball goes past slips and gully.

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9:38am: FOUR! O’keefe’s delivery beats Rahul and it misses Wade’s gloves too and race to boundary. India 26/0

9:35am: Steve O’Keefe bowls from the other end. No pacer? is it due to a 4th day pitch?

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9:32am: Huge appeal by Hazlewood against Vijay. Umpire not interested.

9:30am: Action starts! Hazlewood bowls the first over, Vijay the batsman.

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9:20am: However, Virat Kohli might be ruing his luck. After a stellar season that saw him score four doble tons, he could not be part of the dramatic finale.

9:15am: Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy has been solid and thanks to him Virat Kohli’s absence was not felt. He has been attacking, not with his theatrics, but with his ploys and field placements.

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9:10 am: Australian fielders, particularly Matt Renshaw, was guilty of dropping crucial catches in the first innings. They should not repeat the mistake if Australia are to pose any threat

9:05am: However, a target of 87 can become if Aussies pacers breathe fire in the morning session.

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9:02am: However, controversy has not left the series in the last Test also. Australia captain Steve Smith was least pleased with Murali Vijay and appeared to call him a “f**king cheat” after the Indian opener claimed to have taken a catch that was later ruled grounded

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8:55 am: A win will not only cap a great season for Indian team, which is eyeing its seventh straight series victory, but it will also give them confidence that they can achieve great heights even without their charismatic leader Virat Kohli.

8:50 am: It is a big day for India as they are just 87 runs away from win in a Dramatic Test series against the world No. 2 Australia.

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8:45 am: Welcome all to the live coverage of Day 4

Chasing 106 to complete a 2-1 series victory, India were 19 for no loss at the close at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium which is hosting its first Test.

Openers KL Rahul (13) and Murali Vijay (six) will resume today, with India needing 87 runs to complete a comprehensive win inside four days.

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Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round show has propelled India to this winning position. The left-hander top-scored with 63 to help India surpass Australia’s first-innings total of 300 and then snared three wickets with his spin bowling as the visitors crumbled.

First Published: Mar 28, 2017 08:26 IST