New Delhi: India opener Shikhar Dhawan's blistering 187 in his debut match against Australia in Mohali was instrumental in handing the team a comfortable win. This was the first time since 1993-94 that the Indians won three or more Tests in a series.
After batting first in the match, Australia put a daunting 408 runs on the board, that included a 99-run cameo from bowler Mitchell Starc. India played three spinners— Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha, and all of them were among the wickets.
Indians faced an uphill task of conquering Australia's first innings score, but openers Murali Vijay and Dhawan did it with utmost ease. They together strung a partnership of 289 runs, to put the team in a dominant position. While Vijay went about his business in the usual fashion—rotating the strike—it was his southpaw partner who was dealing in boundaries.
The debutant scored runs at a strike rate of over 100, a rarity in Tests. His innings included 33 fours and two sixes. India's innings eventually folded at 499.
Australia in the second innings was dismissed cheaply for 223, and India achieved the target with ease. After the win in Mohali, India went on to win in the fourth Test in Delhi too. MS Dhoni's team registered a 4-0 series win.