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
India, 106/2, win the fourth Test vs Australia by eight wickets. KL Rahul (51) and skipper Ajinkya Rahane (38) were the not out batsmen when the win came way before lunch on Day 4. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara were out in quick succession in the morning session. Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round show helped win this memorable game and series 2-1. The Saurashtra all-rounder starred with both bat and ball on the third day on Monday to put India on course for a series-clinching victory in Dharamsala. 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.
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.
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,” Jadeja added.
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