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4th Test: India manage a nervous draw, Australia win series 2-0

Australia sniffed a win by taking five Indian wickets post tea on Day 5 but Rahane and Bhuvneshwar survived the last 11.3 overs of the match to secure a draw.

Cricketnext Staff |January 10, 2015, 12:27 PM IST
4th Test: India manage a nervous draw, Australia win series 2-0

It seemed the Adelaide nightmare will return to haunt India in the final session of the Sydney Test as well, but some sensible batting by Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar allowed the hosts to overcome a five-wicket loss post tea to secure a nervous draw but lose the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to Australia 2-0.

The match was evenly poised in the final session - with India needing 189 runs in 33 overs and Australia an improbable eight wickets away. An Indian win or a draw seemed the most likely results but the dismissals of Murali Vijay (80) and Virat Kohli (46) opened the floodgates.

India had lost the first Test in Adelaide from the same position, where they lost eight wickets in the final session of the game to concede defeat. And history looked like repeating itself until Rahane (38*) and Bhuvneshwar (20*) buckled down to play out the last 11.3 overs of the day.

Australia declared at their overnight score of 251 for 6, leaving India a target of 349 to win - something that had never been done before at the SCG. And a 74-run stand between Kohli and Vijay kept India in the game.

But both fell soon after tea - Vijay to Josh Hazlewood and Kohli to Mitchell Starc, followed by Starc ending Suresh Raina's Test comeback with a dreadful pair and Saha also getting dismissed for a duck, lbw to Nathan Lyon. And when first-innings half-centurion Ashwin (1) too fell cheaply, the cat was set among the pigeons in the Indian dressing room.

Starc, Hazlewood and Lyon all took two wickets to keep their team interested.

The old ball was nicely reversing for Starc and spinning viciously for Lyon on a breaking SCG track. However, captain Steven Smith chose to take the new ball after 80 overs, which is where India found a window to scrape with a draw.

The Indian innings didn't start on a promising note as the first-innings hero KL Rahul could score only 16 runs before Lyon sent him back.

Rohit Sharma came in at No. 3 and stitched a useful 56-run partnership with Vijay. But he failed to kick on and was caught in the slips by Smith off Shane Watson for 39.

For his 769 runs in the series, including four centuries, Australia's stand-in skipper Smith was named the Man of the Series. He was also awarded the Man-of-the-Match award for his 117 and 71 in this Sydney Test.

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3 Australia 4320 108
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