Aus­tralia win In­dia se­ries after 3rd Test draw


Aus­tralia re­gained the Bor­der- Gavaskar Trophy after In­dia hung on for a tense draw in the third Test in Mel­bourne on Tues­day.

In­dia were never in the hunt on the fi­nal day after Aus­tralia took till lunch to de­clare at 318 for nine, leav­ing them to chase 384 runs for vic­tory off 70 overs.

Their task be­came even more her­culean when they were re­duced to 19 for three in the ninth over and from there mat­ter of sur­vival.

The match was called off with four overs re­main­ing when In­dia were 174 for six with M.S. Dhoni on 24 and Ravi Ash­win on eight.

The Aus­tralians have won the four-match se­ries with one Test left to play in Syd­ney next week after win­ning in Ade­laide and Bris­bane.

The draw means that In­dia have not won at the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground for 33 years.

In­dia re­sisted for a time

it was a through Vi­rat Kohli and Ajinkya Ra­hane, who shared in a record 262-run stand in the first in­nings, but once Kohli was dis­missed to break an 85-run part­ner­ship, pres­sure again mounted on the tourists, who have a no­to­ri­ous rep­u­ta­tion for lower-or­der bat­ting col­lapses.

Kohli was out to a poor shot on the first ball after tea, spoon­ing a catch straight to Joe Burns at square leg off Ryan Har­ris for 54.

Mitchell John­son then bowled Chetesh­war Pu­jara (21) with a gem of a de­liv­ery, straight­en­ing off the pitch to crash into off­s­tump.

John­son rat­tled Pu­jara with a short- pitched snorter into the grille of his hel­met and then two balls later pro­duced his wicket- tak­ing de­liv­ery to leave the tourists at 141 for five with 18 overs left.

Ra­hane mist­imed a pull shot off Josh Ha­zle­wood to Shaun Marsh for 48 off 117 balls to ex­pose the In­dia tail with 14 overs re­main­ing.

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