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reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar
trophy with a draw in the third
Test yesterday, as India resisted
the home team s attack and batted
out the final afternoon session.
Virat Kohli (54) and Ajinkya
Rahane (48) led India s resistance
after an early collapse, and the vis-
itors reached 174-6 chasing the
improbable victory target of 384,
with stumps called four overs early.
Australia, knowing a draw would
be enough to secure a series victory,
waited until lunch to declare its
second innings at 318-9, and ran
out of time to bowl India out.
"We really didn t want to give
India a sniff," Australia captain Steve
Smith said. "We ve got another
series win, which is what we were
after, and hopefully we can finish
well in Sydney."
India lost its first three wickets
for just 19 runs to revive Australia s
hopes of extending the series white-
Man-Of-The-Match Ryan Harris
struck with the second ball of the
second over, dismissing Shikhar
Dhawan lbw for a duck with just
two runs on the board.
Lokesh Rahul, promoted to No3,
continued his forgettable test debut
by falling for 1 to a Mitchell Johnson
short ball, following his 3 in the
Josh Hazelwood claimed his first
test dismissal with the important
wicket of opener Murali Vijay lbw
for 11, but from then, Kohli and
Rahane---who shared a 262-run
partnership in the first innings---
provided more strong resistance,
adding 85 for the fourth wicket.
"We lost early wickets, we put
pressure on ourselves and we had
to fight it out and overall it s a good
performance by the team," India
captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.
Kohli fell to the first ball after
the tea break, spooning a Harris
delivery straight to square leg.
Chetshewar Pujara was bowled
by Johnson for 21 and India added
just one run before Rahane was
caught at midwicket off Hazlewood,
giving the hosts fresh impetus.
However Dhoni (24 not out) and
Ravichandran Ashwin (8 not out)
steered India through to the close.
"It was difficult for us to be the
winner by the time we started our
batting," Dhoni said. "So from that
point, and after losing a couple of
early wickets, ... we were definitely
in a position where we could have
lost this game."
Smith said it was satisfying to
avenge the 4-0 loss in India last
year and regain the trophy.
"We do play very well in our
own backyard," he said. "It s nice
to have that trophy back now and
hopefully the next time we go back
to India, we can do a better job
Australia resumed the day on
261-7 in its second innings and had
been expected to bat aggressively
to add extra runs before quickly
declaring, but Marsh and Harris
took their time in a 69-run part-
nership, knowing a draw would be
enough to clinch the series.
Marsh was out shortly before
the interval, joining the unfortunate
selection of players run out for 99
as he attempted a rash single to
bring up his first test century on
"Very disappointing for him,"
Smith said of Marsh s dismissal. "I
ran out a message about 20 minutes
earlier and said you ve got until
lunch. I think that s when he started
to go after the bowlers a little bit."
"He played very well, which is
very positive signs for us."
The result was the first Test draw
at the MCG since Australia and
South Africa in 1997.
MELBOURNE---India captain Maden-
dra Singh Dhoni retired from test crick-
et yesterday, ending a 90-test career
shortly after his side drew the third
match with Australia.
The Board of Control for Cricket in
India announced Dhoni s decision on
Twitter, adding that Virat Kohli would
captain India in the fourth test starting
next Tuesday in Sydney.
The 33-year-old Dhoni, was captained
the team 60 times, made no mention
of his intention to retire during a lengthy
and jovial news conference immediately
after Tuesday s match.
In a later statement, the BCCI said
Dhoni has retired from test cricket to
concentrate on the shorter limited-overs
and Twenty20 formats of the game.
"One of India s greatest test captains
under whose leadership India became
the No 1 team in the test rankings, MS
Dhoni, has decided to retire from test
cricket citing the strain of playing all
formats of cricket," the statement said.
Dhoni was batting on 24 at the end
of the third test as he helped hold off
the Australian bowling attack to earn
the draw. He has come under increasing
scrutiny for his captaincy in the series
against Australia, which the home side
clinched Tuesday with a 2-0 lead.
A wicketkeeper-batsman, Dhoni made
his test debut against Sri Lanka in Chen-
nai in 2005, a year after playing his first
one-dayer. He has since scored 4,876
runs at an average of 38.09 with six cen-
turies and 33 half-centuries.
Dhoni has also taken 256 catches and
38 stumpings, as well as becoming the
first Indian wicketkeeper to take nine
dismissals in a match---achieved in the
just completed third test.
Dhoni took over from Rahul Dravid
as India captain in 2007 and led the side
to 27 wins, 18 losses and 15 draws.
He was also in charge when India
assumed the No. 1 test ranking in 2009,
which it held for two years.
Wriddhiman Saha is to be named India
wicketkeeper for the fourth test after
standing in for the injured Dhoni in the
first test in Adelaide.
"BCCI while respecting the decision
of M.S. Dhoni to retire from test cricket,
wishes to thank him for his enormous
contribution to test cricket and the laurels
that he has brought to India," the BCCI
Dhoni is enormously popular in India
and was this year ranked by Forbes mag-
azine at 22nd in its list of the world s
highest paid athletes, with estimated
total earnings at $30 million, mostly
Former India great Sachin Tendulkar
was among those who praised Dhoni on
"Well done on a wonderful career in
test cricket @msdhoni. Always enjoyed
playing together. Next target 2015 WC
my friend!!" wrote Tendulkar, referring
to next year s Cricket World Cup in Aus-
tralia and New Zealand in which Dhoni
will likely play. Former England captain
Michael Vaughan tweeted "Love the way
@msdhoni plays the game ... But it s
now the right time for @imVkohli to
take the Indian Test team in a new direc-
COLOMBO---Sri Lanka dropped
opener Kusal Perera yesterday and
recalled seam bowler Nuwan
Kulasekara for the upcoming one-
day international series against New
Sri Lanka named a 16-member
squad for the seven-match series
which starts in Christchurch on Jan.
11.Dimuth Karunaratne, who played
his last one-day game for Sri Lanka
one year ago, was retained after a 152
in the first test against New Zealand
even though Sri Lanka lost the match
by eight wickets.
Karunaratne was part of Sri Lanka s
squad for the last two matches in the
seven-match one-day series against
England that ended this month. How-
ever, he was not selected to play a
match. Karunaratne may now open
the batting with Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Perera had a string of failures recent-
ly, managing only one half-century in
17 innings. Kulasekara was dropped
for the England series.
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga was also
included in the squad, subject to a fit-
ness test after an injury.
Australia's Shaun Marsh drives down the ground as India's MS Dohni,
left, and Shikhar Dhawan anticipate on the final day of the third cricket
test match in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
series as Test drawn
BCCI says Dhoni has
retired from test cricket
India's MS Dhoni
stretches out to play a
sweep against Australia
on the third day of their
cricket test match
against Australia in
Sunday. AP PHOTO
Sri Lanka drops Paerera,
Angelo Mathews (captain), Tillakaratne
Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela
Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh
Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Jeevan
Mendis, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal,
Lasith Malinga, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan
Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Sachithra
Senanayake, Shaminda Eranga.
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