1. India vs Australia 4th Test Match, Ind-106/2: Ajinkya Rahane’s fireworks guide India to 2-1 series win

India vs Australia 4th Test Match, Ind-106/2: Ajinkya Rahane’s fireworks guide India to 2-1 series win

India vs Australia 4th Test, Live Cricket Score Updates: How often have seen it in the cricketing season! Teams coming to India, getting written off, starting the series on a high note, fighting hard to stay alive and giving up at the final frontier.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 28, 2017 12:37 PM
Live Cricket Score, India vs Australia: Team India is set to lift yet another Trophy becoming the first side to hold all the nine rubbers despite their captain sitting out for this important clash. (PTI)

India vs Australia 3rd Test Match, Live Cricket Score Updates: How often have seen it in the cricketing season! Teams coming to India, getting written off, starting the series on a high note, fighting hard to stay alive and giving up at the final frontier. It happened with the Kiwis, it happened with England and now it is happening with the Kangaroos. Team India is set to lift yet another Trophy becoming the first side to hold all the nine rubbers despite their captain sitting out for this important clash.

Here are the with winning moments:

It is performances like these that make you the best side in the world. With the captain sitting out, your best fast bowler missing the series because of an injury, others have to step up and they did it in style. It was a team performance with KL Rahul Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja contributing with the bat while Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin along with Ravindra Jadeja shined with ball. Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble would be proud of this performance.

“Our win was purely because of the team effort. We came out of a difficult situation. I’m very happy that we are the number 1 side in the world,” said Virat Kohli in his post-match conference.

Here are Live Cricket Score Updates of India vs Australia 3rd Test Match:

10:55 AM: That’s India has won the match by 8 wickets and have lifted the Border-Gavaskar series by 2-1. Ajinkya Rahane played a brilliant knock smashing the ball all around the park and was well supported by KL Rahul in his adventure. Superb win to complete a highly dominating domestic Test season.

10:35 AM: Even before Cheteshwar Pujara made his Test debut, there were comparisons with the legendary Rahul Dravid. Since then he has proved all the expectations right but looks like the top order batsman is taking it too seriously. The last time an Indian batsman from top 7 got run out for 0 was Rahul Dravid in 2004.

10:15 AM: This was bound to happen! A series full of drama couldn’t have ended without another twist in the climax. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara got in quick succession leaving the Indian dressing room slightly nervous. This is still India’s match but who doesn’t like some excitement!

10:00 AM: Brisk start for the Indian team. Runs have come easily in the first half an hour. It almost seems like the Australian team has given up realising that this match is over for them. But, if India goes on to win this game by 10 wickets, it will be a morale crushing loss for the visitors.

9:45 AM: India has found a true gem in KL Rahul. A man who can switch between formats and adapt to conditions with ease:

9:30 AM: Good morning folks! We are live, the Indian openers are out in the middle and so is the Australian side. Josh Hazlewood will start the proceedings for the Indian side. It’s hard to say for long will Australia be able to delay the loss but this is unlikely to go beyond lunch break.

9:25 AM: Dharamshala is all set for Day 4:

9:20 AM: Ajinkya Rahane stepped up beautifully and showed that aggression can be cricketing too. There were no animated faces or provoking comments from him yet the hosts bowled out the Australian side for 137 runs getting a target of only 106 runs. Rahane marshalled his troops with class and the bowlers responded equally well as Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav picked up three wickets each.

Few boundaries from KL Rahul ensured that India doesn’t have to break a lot of sweat on the 4th day. If things stay normal, this game should be over by the lunch break and that’s what the team management would be hoping for. The visitors won’t go empty-handed either. They had their moments in this series. Matt Renshaw, Steve O Keefe and Pat Cummins were huge positives for them while Glenn Maxwell’s return to the Test side can mark a new beginning for him.

9:00 AM: This was Ravindra Jadeja’s 6th fifty plus score of this season which is equal to that of Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul. Only Cheteshwar Pujara (12) has made more. Add to that, he is the second highest wicket-taker after Ashwin and there is no doubt who is the biggest match-winner for India.

8:40 AM: You don’t mess with Jadeja because that sword is always ready to come out:

8:20 AM: “We all know what happens. I just told him, once you lose and are free, we will have dinner together,” said Ravindra when Matthew Wade tried to sledge him. Watch his comments here:

8:00 AM: It is not too often that Indian pacers bounce out the opposition batsmen but this was that rare series. Here are Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar discussing their strategy:

7:40 AM: Most runs by an opposition captain in India:

1. Clive Lloyd – 636
2. K Hughes – 594
3. Alastair Cook – 562
4. Alvin Kallicharan – 538
5. Steve Smith – 499

7:20 AM: Umesh Yadav has led India’s fast bowling unit n Mohammed Shami’s absence picking up 17 wickets. He has now equalled the record of highest wickets by an Indian fast bowler in a home Test series. This record was previously held by Javagal Srinath who picked up 17 wickets against South Africa in 1996.

Playing Conditions: Does it matter now? As KL Rahul said, it is the best wicket of this series. Dharamshala has been a fantastic host so far. A picturesque view combined with excellent playing conditions and we have had a thrilling encounter served for us. The wicket will stay good on the 4th day as well and scoring runs should not be tough

Playing XIs:

India – Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav

Australia – David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Steven Smith(c), Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

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