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India v Australia: India holds high the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against All Test-playing Nations

 2017-03-28 11:52:18.0

India v Australia: India holds high the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against All Test-playing Nations

In India defeating Australia by 2-1 in the four-match Test series that ended on Tuesday. They now have bilateral against all the nine Test-playing nations. Australia lost the match by eight wickets on Day 4 of the fourth and final Test at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala and reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

India's has come up as the No.1 side in world cricket, having won the last seven Test series in succession. Their run began in August 2015 when they beat Sri Lanka 2-1 in a three-Test series.

Since then , they have taken down South Africa 3-0 in a four-Test series at home, the West Indies 2-0 in a four-Test series, whitewashed New Zealand 3-0 at home, beaten England 4-0 of five Tests, overcame Bangladesh in a lone Test and now the Aussies.

Kohli misfires with bat:The was a unique and a brilliant confidence booster for the hosts because they won it without Virath Kohli performing with the bat.

Th Indian batsman and the outfit's main batsman, who had been been in superb form before this series by slamming four double-centuries in as many series, did not perform this series by slamming four double-centuries in as many series, did not perform much with the bat against Australia.

His knocks of 0, 13, 12, 15 and 6 made a combined total of 46 runs in five innings at an average of 9.2. He sat out of the Dharamshala Test because of an injured shoulder.

Steve Smith shines: Man with the highest number of runs in the series was the Australian captain Steve Smith. He scored a 499 in the four Tests that included three centuries ans a top score of 178 not out. The Australia skipper was one of the best batsman in the series as he went on to score three hundreds, two more than anyone else.

Pujara leads Indian batting: Chetwshwae Pujara was the second-highest scorer of the series after Smith and the highest for India. Only Smith and Pujara ended up scoring more than 400 runs in the series.

Pujara, who scores 405 runs in seven innings at an average of 57.85. He scored one century, which turned out to be his third career double-hundred (202), was interestingly the top score of the series and the only double hundred. He also scored two-half centuries.

Consistent Rahul: India opener KL Rahul was the most consistent batsman for India to score six half-centuries in the seven innings he played. He score the runs at an average of 65.5 with a top score of 90.

Jadeja tops the charts: Among the bowlers, Ravindra Jadeja topped the list for most wickets as he picked up 25 in the series. His 127 runs include two half-centuries in Ranchi and Dharamsala, helped him with the Man of the Series award.

Jadeja, who was also made Man of the Match in Dharamasla, has been in fine form pff late. He first joined Ashwin as the No.1 Test bowler in the world and now is the alone at the top after the off-spinner dropped to No.2. Jadeja had two five-wicket hauls and a best bowling figures of 6/63 against Australia.

However, Ashwin ended up with 21 scalps which had one five wicket haul (6/41).

O'Keefe, Lyon impress: Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon also produced winning performance for Australia and both finished with a reasonable tally of 16 wickets. Lyon's 8/50 in at the M Chinnaswamy Stabium Bengaluru turned out to be the best figures of the series.

Umesh Yadav leads pace battery: Umesh Yadav was undoubtedly the best fast bowler of the series, picking up 17 wickets, eight more than his nearest rival Josh Hazlewood.


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