The Indian batsmen accomplished the left over the task in the morning session of day four to win the wrest the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from Australia. Needing 87 runs in 180 overs, the home side lost two wickets at the start to delay the win but it gave a chance to Ajinkya Rahane to lead the team from the front and crush Australia in the decider game.
Both KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane shared 60 runs for the third wicket to help India win the series by a margin of 2-1. It was Rahane who showed a hurry as he played an innings of 38 in 27 balls comprising of two sixes, which showed that he is ready for the upcoming edition of IPL.
The day began with Indian batsmen continuing from where they left. After adding 27 runs to the day’s total, India lost the first wicket when Murali Vijay edged one off Pat Cummins to give Australia first break of the day. An utter confusion between KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara resulted in a run-out and India was soon two down with still a run to be added.
Though these two wickets did not jeopardise India’s chances but were delaying the win. After realising the mood of the public who wanted to see India lifting the cup, Rahane just came and started playing his shots. His quick blitz helped the home side to win fifth consecutive Test series and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which India let slip during their tour to Australia in 2014/15.
This Test match also marked the end of the long home season of Indian cricket team which comprised of 13 Test matches, 8 ODIs and three T20Is. Team India won 10 out of 13 Test matches with the only loss coming against Australia in the Pune Test. The two hard fought draws were played in Rajkot against England and in Ranchi against Australia.
Not just this, with this win, India also sustained their number one ranking in the ICC Test rankings to win an amount of 1Millions dollar.
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 28, 2017