India Register Maiden Test Series Win In Australia After Rain Forces Draw

Tanuja Saikhom | 1 month ago

Virat Kohli-led Indian team scripted history after winning their first-ever Test series on Australian soil on Monday. They clinched the series 2-1 after rain washed out the fifth day of the fourth and final Test at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Out of four matches, India won the Adelaide Test by 31 runs and Melbourne by 137 runs. In the absence of former captain Steve Smith, the Tim Paine-led Australia once again have failed produce effective cricket.

Opting to bat first, Cheteswar Pujara (193) and Rishabh Pant’s career high 159 runs guided India to a mammoth 622/7 (declared) in their first innings. The hosts were bundled out for 300 and enforced to follow on with left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav scalping his second five-wicket haul in Test career and first time outside India.

Australia were 6/0 in their second innings and India could have wrapped up the series 3-1 but the day five ended without bowling a single delivery.

Pujara, the best player of the match as well as Player of the Tournament, accumulated 328 runs from three games with an average of 54.67. He also notched three Test centuries in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah was the best bowler of the series after claiming 21 wickets from four games, while the fellow bowler Mohammed Shami got 16 wickets.