India Vs Australia: India Wins First-Ever Cricket Test Series in AustraliaCricket

January 07, 2019 10:41
India Vs Australia: India Wins First-Ever Cricket Test Series in Australia

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In its first-ever, Virat Kohli and his men made history by winning Test series on Australian soil after the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground was drawn due to rain on Day 5 on Monday.

Right-handed batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was declared the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series.

India reinforced their status as the world's number one team after 2-1 victories in the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs and in the third Test in Melbourne by 137 runs to hold the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia had won the second Test in Perth by 146 runs.

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No Indian team had managed to win a Test series since they began touring Australia in 1947-48.

India had ripped through the Australian tail in Sydney on a shortened day four, when bad light and rain allowed only around 100 minutes of play, bowling the hosts out for 300 in reply to their own ominous 622 for seven declared.

Australia at that time suffered the indignity of being forced to follow on at home for the first time in 30 years as Kohli twisted the knife.

Only four overs of their second innings were possible, with Marcus Harris not out two and Usman Khawaja unbeaten on four before the match was called off.

Kohli on winning said: "I want to say I've never been more proud of being part of a team, than this one right here.

"The boys make the captain look good. By far, this is my biggest achievement. It's at the top of the pile."

"Have to tip our hat to India, we know how tough it is to win in Australia so congrats to Virat and (coach) Ravi (Shastri) because it's a huge achievement," he said.

"Disappointed, definitely over the last two Tests. We had our chances in Adelaide, in Perth, I thought we played some good cricket, but in Melbourne and Sydney, we've been outplayed."

India got the series off to the best possible start by winning the tight opening Test in Adelaide by 31 runs on the fifth day - their first Test win in Australia for a decade.

-Sowmya Sangam

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