India completed a remarkable victory over Australia in the fourth Test by chasing down the 106-run target inside the first session. KL Rahul scored an unbeaten half-century and led India to win with Ajinkya Rahane who made an aggressive 37 runs. Resuming the chase at 19 for no loss on Tuesday, India lost Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara but that were the only two wickets that fell. India won the series 2-1 and reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from Australia.
India vs Australia 4th Test Day 4
Here is the winning moment as India ran three runs to win the Test match. Half-century for KL Rahul
— Mihir Vasavda (@mihirsv) 28 March 2017
1052 hrs IST: India win! KL Rahul runs three runs to help India beat Australia by 8 wickets and win the series 2-1. Dressing rooms gives standing ovation
1047 hrs IST: Four more and India are just six runs away from win against Australia. This has been of the classics in Test cricket and India are all set to win it
1043 hrs IST: India in a hurry now. 11 needed as they get some free runs from Australia. The partnership between Rahul and Rahane is now 49*
1039 hrs IST: Short and wide from Lyon and KL Rahul punishes it. Through the cover region for four! Moves on to 46 and India need only 17 runs now
1037 hrs IST: KL Rahul approaching his half-century. He is on strike as Lyon comes for a new over. India need 21 more runs for a win in Dharamsala
1034 hrs IST: Six again! Three fielders on the on-side for Rahane but he gives himself room and sends it over covers for another six. He moves on to 28 off just 15 balls
1033 hrs IST: Cummins comes around the wicket to Rahane and he pulls it over fine-leg for a massive six. Magnificent hitting from the Indian captain
1029 hrs IST: First hour of play done in Dharamsala and India are 71 for the loss of two wickets. They need 35 more runs to complete a series win against Australia. Drinks in Dharamsala
1023 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell with another direct hit but this time KL Rahul is home easily. Rahane and Rahul are dominating the bowlers in Dharamsala
1013 hrs IST: Four and four! Rahane with a beautiful straight drive and then a pull shot off Cummins to take eight runs. India move on to 55 for the loss of two wickets. 51 more needed
Pujara’s season ends with him 167 runs shy of Ponting’s record of 1483 runs in a season (2005/06). They both played 23 innings. #IndvAus
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) 28 March 2017
1007 hrs IST: WICKET! Drama in Dharamsala. Pujara is run-out fifth ball. Maxwell with bulls eye. Pujara played it to covers and took off for a single. KL Rahul responded but was slow. Pujara hesitated once and Maxwell with a direct hit to run him out
1001 hrs IST: WICKET! Pat Cummins draws first blood for Australia as Murali Vijay is caught behind. That is top bowling from Cummins. Pitching it at good length and moving it just away from Vijay off the seam. Vijay held his shot a little and got a faint edge
0952 hrs IST: KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have managed well to keep the scoreboard ticking. No pressure of time in this match.
Young @klrahul11 taking on the bowling. This could actually end quite quickly
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 28 March 2017
0945 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for KL Rahul is that Steve O’Keefe over. Brilliant shots on either side of the wicket. India need 66 more runs to win this Test
0939 hrs IST: Edge off KL Rahul’s bat but it is through the gap between third slip and gully for four! Catchable height but there is no one in that position. India marching now
0934 hrs IST: First runs of the morning for India in the second over. Steve O’Keefe bowling it on the leg stump line and Rahul puts it across for a single
0931 hrs IST: Two appeals on two balls from Australia again Vijay. But both times umpire says not out. Australia think a lot about review but decide not to take it.
0928 hrs IST: Players have walked out to the middle. Josh Hazlewood to start the day with the ball. KL Rahul on strike for India, who need 87 runs to win
Good to be back in Mumbai 🤘🏼 Now just need the Aus bowlers to do something special this morning 🤞🏼🤞🏼 #IndvAus
0915 hrs IST: Little time left before India start their chase again. KL Rahul and Murali Vijay will be the two openers for India who remained unbeaten on day three
0900 hrs IST: Top Test match so far and top series too. It now comes down to the final day where India are set to come on top until Australia pull off a miracle
This is it… 🇦🇺vs🇮🇳 will there be another twist? Can Aust bowl India out or will India win the Test match and the series.
0845 hrs IST: The hero of day three was undoubtedly Ravindra Jadeja. His bat did all the talking. He made 63 runs to help India take a crucial lead. Daksh Panwar on Jadeja – He who lives by the sword shall dance with the sword too
0840 hrs IST: India could have been bowling to Australia on Tuesday had it not been for the bowlers who showed great commitment to bowl out Australia inside two session on day three. Daksh Panwar witnessed it and wrote this – Quick Boxing
0830 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the coverage of the fourth day’s play of the fourth Test between India and Australia from Dharamsala. India resume at 19 for no loss in second innings
India vs Australia 4th Test Day 4 Pitch Report
Well, it doesn’t really matter until the pitch really breaks up and it stops India from scoring the 87 runs needed to win the Dharamsala Test. The cracks did open up and there is steep bounce for the bowlers. The spinners can also extract that bounce and turn from the pitch. But Australia have little to defend. The pitch can through some surprises on the fourth day as well but we have to wait and see.
India vs Australia 4th Test Day 4 Preview in Dharamsala
The third day of the match proved to be the most crucial day and it were India who siezed the advantage on that day. With just 87 runs needed for a win, India should stroll to the line before Lunch to end this long and draining home season. India add another series win to their name after this and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India have all 10 wickets in hand and the target should not be an imposing one.
India vs Australia 4th Test Playing XI
Australia: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Steve O’Keefe, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins
India vs Australia 4th Test Players Reactions:
Ravindra Jadeja: “If someone works hard, it is with an aim to become a valuable player. My biggest achievement more than any award, is contributing in a winning cause for my team” (Read More)
Graeme Hick: “Obviously David will be very disappointed with his aggregate on tour” (Read more)
India vs Australia 4th Test Umpires
Ground Umpires: M Erasmus and Ian Gould; Third umpire: Chris Gaffaney