Opener KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane have scripted India’s eight-wicket win inside four days against Australia in the fourth Test in Dharamsala. India win the four-Test series 2-1.
India needed only 18 overs on day four to complete the win.
Chasing a target of 106 runs, India reached there inside the first session on day four and with eight wickets in hand to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
KL Rahul was the backbone of the Indian innings as he steered his team to win with an unbeaten half-century, his sixth of the series.
In his unbeaten innings of 52, Rahul hit nine boundaries and with Ajinkya Rahane, he ended any hopes for Australia.
Rahane too played an important innings for India as he counter-attacked Australian bowlers after two wickets fell in quick succession. He was unbeaten on 38 runs which he scored off only 27 balls. Rahane’s innings consisted of four fours and two sixes.
Resuming the day at 19 for no loss, India were quick to accumulate runs in the morning with Rahul showing some beautiful cover drives. He shared a 46-run opening stand with Murali Vijay.
Pat Cummins inflicted the first blow to India when he had Vijay caught behind when the Indian batsman was batting on eight runs.
Australia’s hopes off pulling off a miracle rose when Glenn Maxwell ran-out Cheteshwar Pujara for a duck next over. Pujara hesitate after calling for single and Maxwell was quick with the direct-hit. India still needed 61 runs to win the match.
But, Rahane put the attacking mode on right from the start and even hit Cummins over the boundary twice on consecutive balls. He remained not out on 37.
Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka, Bangladesh