Team India take it very well and give it back even better
Apr 05 2017 by Marjorie Miles
It was India's seventh Test series win in a row-continuing the dominance that started in 2015 with Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh being annihilated. So, Ajinkya Rahane has taken over the team for the fourth Test, and it is the first match for Rahane as Captain of India Test Cricket.
Later, an exemplary bowling performance by India saw Australia bowl out in their second innings for 137, leaving the home side a modest target of 106 to win the match and the series.
All-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin (30) was adjudged lbw off Lyon and although the batsman opted for a review, TV replays showed the ball would have hit the stumps.
"But we are happy at the end of the day with 250-odd runs for six wickets".
India were cruising with Lokesh Rahul (60) and Cheteshwar Pujara (57) having taken the hosts to 153/2 with Lyon looking not efficient, among others.
India hauled in the victory target of 106 easily to complete a 2-1 series win.
Dharamsala: Virat Kohli said after his side's 2-1 series win against Australia, that his side is going to sledge back if the opposition side tries to get under their skin.
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But Rahane steadied the innings with opener Rahul, and indeed attacked the Australian bowlers as India galloped towards the victory line. "It is unbelievable. the kind of fitness and desire the fast bowlers have shown, it has been game-changing", he said. They will therefore also win the table-toppers' prize of $1million.
India are still 52 runs behind Australia's first innings total of 300 in the decider of the four-test series which is level at 1-1.
Rahane, meanwhile, revelled in his role as stand-in skipper for Kohli, who sustained a shoulder injury in the third Test and declared it would be "a few weeks" until he could return fully fit, with the Indian Premier League set to begin on April 5. But Lyon, whose work as a curator means he has a sharp understanding of the wicket, brought Australia back into the game through some classic old-fashioned spin.
Earlier, Smith had told Ravi Shastri in the post-match conference about the young Australian side giving tough competition to India, "It was a fantastic learning curve".
India's Ravindra Jadeja raises his after scoring fifty runs on the third day of their fourth test cricket match against Australia in Dharmsala, India, Monday, March 27, 2017.