Easy Win for India; Border-Gavaskar Trophy comes home

Rajat Kain

Cricket-TestChasing 106 runs to win, India easily overhauled the paltry total winning the series and winning back the coveted Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia were the current holders of the two-decade old bilateral test title between the two teams.

KL Rahul who started on a positive last evening scoring three boundaries off Pat Cummins’ first over as India began chase scored unbeaten 52, while captain Ajinkya Rahane scored a quick 38 to take the home team comfortably past the target.

There was a little hiccup in the 14th over when opener Murali Vijay perished to pacer Cummins and in-form Cheteshwar Pujara was run out four balls later.

But the Aussie total was far too less to set any alarm bells ringing.

Monday saw the visitors folding for 137 runs in their second innings after a display of poor batting and even poor application of mind. It was perhaps more than a ‘brain fade’, where Steve Smith’s men surrendered before the top class test match bowling by both Indian pacers and spinners.

Both the openers perished soon to Umesh Yadav, who made best use of the wicket’s bounce and pace. Australia looked hunted and in the shell right from the word go.

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First to go was aggressive and talkative David Warner, who ended his miserable tour scoring just 193 runs in eight innings, reaching fifty-mark just once. His mate, Mathew Renshaw, who had looked promising in the first two test, too failed once again.

While Steve Smith, man with three hundreds and nearly 80/innings average looked in good touch before he perished to a misjudged pull off a calculated delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The end was in sight. Australia had kissed the series good bye.

While Glenn Maxwell showed hands and scored a doughty 45, laced with six boundaries and a six, no other Australian batsman practically threatened India bowling.

Another Australian promising batter Peter Handscomb failed to apply any skills or determination before being caught brilliantly by skipper Ajinkya Rahane, leading his team in the absence of injured Virat Kohli. You win matches by taking catches like those.

An over later, Shaun Marsh too ended his under-par tour, once again proving himself wanting at this level.

But let’s not take away the tremendous performance of Jadeja-Ashwin duo who looked liked taking wickets each over they bowled. The duo shared six wickets in the second innings, handing India a match.