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The inevitable end came quickly
as India took the test cricket series
from Australia 2-1 by romping to an
eight-wicket win with a day to spare
in the fourth Test yesterday.
Starting the chase for a winning
106, from 19 without loss overnight,
India needed only 18 more overs to
reach 106-2 on the fourth morning.
Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane shared
an unbeaten 60 off 59 balls after Murali
Vijay was caught behind and Cheteshwar
Pujara was run out in a mix-up with Rahul.
India's seventh test series win in a row
dated to a 2-1 win in Sri Lanka in 2015. At
home this season, the Indians have also
beaten New Zealand 3-0, England 4-0,
and Bangladesh in a one-off test.
The Indians are unbeaten in their last
eight test series, and remain No. 1 in the
"If you don't have a team performance
you cannot be the No 1 team in the world,"
captain Virat Kohli said.
"We had different aspects---lower-order
contributions, outstanding spinners, bril-
liant fast bowlers, and the batsmen have
stepped up on many occasions."
The match was competitive until Mon-
day, when Australia was all out for 137 in
its second innings. Ravindra Jadeja and
Ravichandran Ashwin each took three
wickets. Jaedja finished as leading wick-
et-taker in the series with 25. Ashwin was
second on 21.
"We have fought very hard throughout
this series and to fall over at the final hur-
dle hurts, the boys are hurting," Australia
captain Steve Smith said.
"We've certainly had our opportunities
to win and we haven't taken those oppor-
tunities. (India) get back in the game and
make you pay."
Australia won the first test in Pune by 333
runs, India won the second in Bengaluru
by 75 runs, and the third test in Pune was
Vijay departed in the eighth over of the
morning, caught behind on 8 off Pat Cum-
mins. Five balls later, Pujara was run out
for a duck.
Rahul finished 51 not out, hitting nine
fours in his six half-century of the series.
Rahane made 38 off 27 balls. Standing in
as skipper because Kohli had a shoulder
injury, Rahane hit two sixes and four
The bad-tempered India-Australia cricket
series has ended, and so has India captain Virat
Kohli's friendship with the Australians.
Before the four-test series, clinched 2-1 by India yes-
terday, Kohli was praised by past and present Australian
cricketers, and offered the same warmth in response.
"I am really good friends with all these guys off the
field," Kohli said before the first test in Pune. "I know
them really, but I know where to draw the line of friend-
ship. When you step onto the field, I could be playing
against my big brother, and it wouldn't matter."
But the relationship began to sour as India won the
second test in Bengaluru to tie the series. The mud-
slinging left the field and turned public, and even the
national governing bodies had to get involved.
Kohli was in no mood to forgive or forget at the series'
conclusion on Tuesday.
"It (the friendship) has changed," he said. "I thought
that was the case (friends off the field), but it has
changed for sure. In the heat of the battle you want to
be competitive but I've been proven wrong. The thing
I said before the first test, that has certainly changed,
and you won't hear me say that ever again."
There were a lot of issues and incidents:
SECOND TEST--- Australia captain Steve Smith was
caught on camera looking for a signal from his dressing
room whether to go for DRS in the second innings.
Kohli stopped short of calling Smith a "cheat," but he
alleged the Australians had done the same thing on two
other occasions. He also pointed out the India man-
agement raised the issue with the on-field umpires and
match referee Chris Broad. But the ICC didn't take any
action against Smith or investigate Kohli's allegations.
THIRD TEST---The ICC inaction led to public at-
tacks by both sides in the week-long buildup to the test,
so much so that the BCCI and Cricket Australia released
a joint statement of continued friendship. There was
also a major hullabaloo about the state of the pitch in
Ranchi, but the wicket played true for five days.
Kohli hurt his shoulder while fielding in the test,
and was mocked by Glenn Maxwell. Kohli retaliated
when Australia was batting on day five, gesturing to
various batsmen. The match was drawn.
FOURTH TEST---Even in Kohli's absence, owing to
his shoulder injury, tempers didn't calm down.
Ravindra Jadeja and Mathew Wade tussled constantly,
and other players exchanged words. Meanwhile, Smith
was again caught on camera mouthing expletives and
the word "cheat" against Murali Vijay, who seemed to
have claimed a bumped catch.
Smith expressed unhappiness over the BCCI media
team's video use of the Jadeja-Wade exchanges, but
sought to mend the relationship after the series was
Australia's captain Steven Smith, left, walks towards India's Ajinkya Rahane, carrying a stump after India won their fourth test
cricket match against Australia in Dharmsala, India, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Kohli: No longer friends
with Australia players
India wins series 2-1 SCOREBOARD
India vs Australia
Australia 1st Innings 300
India 1st Innings
Australia 2nd Innings 137
India 2nd Innings
L. Rahul not out
M. Vijay c Wade b Cummins 8
C. Pujara run out
A. Rahane not out
Extras (4b, 5lb) 9
TOTAL (for 2 wickets) 106
Fall of wickets
Did not bat: Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha,
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep
Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Pat Cummins 8-2-42-1,
Josh Hazlewood 6-2-14-0,
Steve O'Keefe 4.5-1-22-0,
Nathan Lyon 5-0-19-0
Umpires Marais Erasmus, South Africa, and
Ian Gould, England.
TV umpire Chris Gaffaney, New Zealand.
Match referee Richie Richardson, West Indies.
Result India won by 8 wickets
Series India won 2-1
To ss Australia
Player of the match Ravindra Jadeja, India
Player of the series Ravindra Jadeja, India
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