first_imgHello and welcome to our live coverage of the fourth day of the fourth Test between India and Australia. (SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES)Congrats once again to India on the series win! #INDvAUS (@CricketAus) 28 March 2017Sunil Gavaskar presents the Test Championship Mace to Virat Kohli Virat Kohli: Unbelievable feeling. I think this was the best series win we have had so far. The way the guys handled situations and the way Ajinkya captained was amazing. The changes made to out fitness regime has paid off I guess. In the past we might have given away the game in a few sessions, but the way we fought was amazing. There has not been one of two individuals that have stood, it’s been a team season. Lot of credit has to go to all the boys. The kind of fitness they have showed and the desire to win was brilliant to watch. It is still a few weeks to go for me to be 100 percent on the field (talking about his shoulder injury).Ajinkya Rahane: Really enjoyed the game. Credit to all the boys, not only in this series, but throughout the season. Really happy as a captain, unfortunately Virat got injured. We decided during lunch time on Day 1 that if we take one wicket – only Smith and Warner were scoring the runs – we can put pressure. We all had confidence in Kuldeep. I felt the bowlers from the other end also maintained the pressure. The kind of bowling Umesh, Bhuvi, Ishant, Shami did throughout the season was good to watch. I was just thinking about the Sri Lanka game when we lost chasing 130 odd runs. So I just wanted to play positively. Credit to Australia for fighting hard. I felt this was the best wicket (of the series). It is still good to bat on and very easy to score runs because of the bounce.advertisementRavindra Jadeja: Feels really good to be the No. 1 bowler. Really happy to be part of this No. 1 team. When I was batting, I was just thinking that I will take my time, but whatever Wade chirped from behind the stumps motivated me. To develop overall as a player was good to see in me. From one end Ashwin takes wickets, at time I take wickets from one end. So the pressure is always there. Good to bowl with him. Hopefully we will do well outside India as well. I am very confident now and I will try and make a hundred. It was a good wicket for fast bowlers because of the bounce and seam movement. Umesh and Bhuvi must have felt good about bowling first.Steve Smith: It was a magnificent series, probably one of the best I have been part of so far. Credit to India, they are a fantastic side. It was a fantastic learning curve for us. The way we adapted to these conditions was fantastic. That middle session where we lost for five for 70 odd made the difference. I thought India bowled particularly well yesterday, especially Umesh Yadav. We have probably let a few moments slip, you can’t do that against a quality outfit like India. We have learnt a lot. It is one of the most picturesque grounds. It was a very good wicket here. I have been pretty intense throughout the series. I probably let my emotions take over at times and I apologise for that.Ravindra Jadeja named Man of the Match and Man of the SeriesCHAMPIONS!!! #TeamIndia #INDvAUS BCCI (@BCCI) 28 March 2017India have now won the last series against every Test playing nation.KL Rahul: This series has taught me a lot. After the Pune Test I could not play the big shots, that was a big restriction. Nothing else matters than a Test series win against Australia. I took a few knocks, but all I was telling myself it was okay to a few hits for my team. The way Jinks came out and started hitting sixes was amazing. It is one of the best Test matches and Test series we have been part of.Cheteshwar Pujara: We had a fantastic series, especially after a disappointing first Test. We wanted to win it 3-1, but we won it 2-1 and we are very happy. We have been having partnerships from the Bangalore Test match. I was telling KL that he was getting himself out, especially after the Bangalore test, rather than the bowlers getting him out. Not really (when asked if he wanted a break after a great season). I would still like to keep going if there were a few matches. I really enjoyed this particular season.advertisementIndiaaa Indiaaa ????????? Indiaaa Indiaaa!!!! #IndVAus sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 28 March 2017Respect.#INDvAUS (@CricketAus) 28 March 2017INDIA INNINGS:Game. Set. Match…#TeamIndia win the Decider Test by 8 wickets. Claim the 4-match series 2-1 #INDvAUS BCCI (@BCCI) 28 March 201710.54 IST: INDIA WIN THE MATCH BY EIGHT WICKETS! O’Keefe tosses this one around off, Rahul clips it through mid-wicket for a couple. For some strange reason, he comes back for the third and completes it. Think they were not aware of how many runs they wanted. It doesn’t matter though as the celebrations begun. Australia are very gracious in the defeat as David Warner hugs Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane and congratulates him. Good to see that a series which had its share of controversies ends on such a note.What a win for India! The players are on the field to celebrate the win. Handshakes all around. 13 games in the home season but India will know that this was easily the best series win for them. A lot has been said, talked about in the media about both the captains, teams and tactics but at the end, we all have witnessed one great Test series with both teams fighting hard.Needing 87 runs to win today, Indian openers came out with positive intent. Lokesh Rahul chipped in with a brisk fifty, taking the timely risks. India did lose two wickets in an over and it looked like we may have more twists in the tale but out came the India skipper and hit a belligerent 27-ball 38 to ensure the hosts won the game and the series 2-1.10.43 IST: STAT! This was Pujara’s first duck at home. He has had two ducks in 31 innings outside India10.42 IST: LBW appeal, nothing from the umpire. Floats this one around off, Rahul leans forward to block but gets rapped on the pad. Lyon appeals but the impact was outside off.India started their spectacular home season in September, routing New Zealand 3-0, hammering England 4-0, beating Bangladesh in a one-off Test10.36 IST: SIX! Take that, Rahane must saying. He doesn’t mind the deep fielders. Cummins bowls a back of a length delivery around off, Rahane makes room for him and whacks it over extra cover for another maximum. The Indian players loved it and are cheering him from the dressing room. 23 needed now.10.35 IST: SIX! Outstanding intent this from Rahane. Cummins goes around the wicket to Rahane and bangs this short. Think the Indian captain was up for it and pulls it over deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie. The Australians are flabbergasted after that shot.10.26 IST: FOUR! This time Rahane connects well! Shorter but angling down the leg side, Rahane gets in good position and helps it on its way down to the fine leg fence. India need 39 more runs to win. India 67/2, need 39 more to beat Australia (300, 137)advertisement10.25 IST: NOT OUT! The umpires have gone up for a run out against KL Rahul. Another risky call that could well cost India wicket. Rahul was very tentative in the first innings also while taking singles. India 63/2, need 43 more to beat Australia (300, 137)10.22 IST: FOUR! Not in control but India won’t mind it! Floats it outside off, Rahul looks for the drive but gets it off the outer half past the short third man fielder for a boundary. India 62/2, need 44 more to beat Australia (300, 137)10.15 IST: FOUR! Intent from the Indian skipper. Shorter length around off, Rahane was waiting for it and picks the bones out of it, dispatches it over mid-wicket for a boundary. India 55/2, need 51 more to beat Australia (300, 137)10.14 IST: FOUR! Pristine! Fuller outside off, Rahane just presents the full face of the bat and gets it through mid off for a boundary. Superb shot, that! 50 up for India. India 51/2, need 55 more to beat Australia (300, 137)AP Photo10.10 IST: WICKET! Disaster for India and Cheteshwar Pujara is run out. Back of a length outside off, Pujara taps it towards covers and wants a single. Rahul responds but hesitates. Both of them are standing in the middle of the crease. Maxwell at covers, picks up the ball and hits the middle stump at the bowler’s end to run Pujara out. That is a proper brain-fade from India. The Indian Number 3 walks back livid with himself, the coach Anil Kumble is not happy too. India 46/2, need 60 more to beat Australia (300, 137)10.04 IST: WICKET! Vijay’s misery comes to an end. He was struggling to time the ball today and has to walk back now. Pat Cummins bowls this just in the area outside off on a length, Vijay has to play at it. He gets an outside edge and carries at a good height to Wade who accepts the catch gleefully. A well-deserved wicket for the Australian fast bowler. India need 60 more runs to win. India 46/1, need 60 more to beat Australia (300, 137)10.00 IST: FOUR! Quick hands! A tad short outside off, Rahul picks it early and pummels it through mid-wicket for a boundary. That was similar to the shot played by Smith yesterday and was bowled. Difference though was this was a lot closer to the stumps. As they say the margin of error in cricket is so small at times. India 46/0, need 60 more to beat Australia (300, 137) Glove? Not much of an appeal from the Aussies and no review either: #INDvAUS (@CricketAus) 28 March 201709.54 IST: NOT OUT! Shorter in length on middle and leg, Vijay raises his bat and lets it go after looking to play at it first. Wade collects the ball and appeals. He is the only one doing so though. Replays though show there was a slight spike on Snicko. Oh dear, what a miss that for Australia. Was too faint a edge maybe and hence nobody appealed along with Wade. Cummins has a look at where he landed though, Hazlewood too had issues with it some time back. India 42/0, need 64 more to beat Australia (300, 137) 09.45 IST: FOUR! Rahul is not going to waste any time! This one is fuller on the stumps, Rahul kneels down and sweeps it powerfully through square leg for a boundary. India 40/0, need 66 more to beat Australia (300, 137) 09.44 IST: FOUR! Neatly done! Floats it outside off, Rahul does not miss out and drives it through cover-point for a boundary. That was nicely played.Hazlewood finds the edge from Rahul, but it goes through the gap between third slip and gully for four: #INDvAUS- (@CricketAus) 28 March 201709.38 IST: Four Byes! Lands it outside off, Rahul shapes to play at it but spots the turn and holds his shot a touch. The ball spins away from the keeper and runs into the third man fence. The umpire signals it byes. India 332, 26/0, need 80 more to beat Australia (300, 137)09.33 IST: Another shout for an lbw but not given! Hazlewood angles it on off and middle, Vijay looks to clip it through but gets an inside edge onto his pads. There is another confident lbw appeal but yet again the two sounds save him. Australia think about the review but do not go for it. Replays detect the inside edge too.09.32 IST: Loud shout for an lbw! Full outside off, Vijay comes forward to defend but misses and is rapped on the pads. There were two sounds though as the players went up in an appeal. It is a loud one too but nothing from the umpire. Australia do not go for the review as it looked outside off. Replays confirm the same.09.30 IST: The players are out in the middle. The two Indian openers, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul are out to bat. Australia begin the day with Josh Hazlewood. Two slips in place for him. 87 to win for India, 10 wickets for Australia.09.15 IST: PITCH REPORT! Sunil Gavaskar and Brett Lee doing the pitch report reckon that the first half an hour will be crucial for Australia since early wickets will put pressure on the hosts. Gavaskar opines that the visitors need to get their bowling ends right. Feels that the fast bowlers have to bowl from the right end to cause a few problems. Lee adds that there is not enough wear and tear on the wicket but there is still a tinge of live grass which should encourage the bowlers.09.10 IST: Ravindra Jadeja: I am enjoying my cricket. I try and give my 100 percent whenever I am on the field. I worked on my batting before the start of the series.Positive vibes #TeamIndia #INDvAUS @Paytm Test Cricket BCCI (@BCCI) 28 March 2017India eye seventh straight Test series victory. Chasing 106 for a win, India were 19 for no loss at the close of play on Day 3 yesterday. All eyes will be on the two India openers — KL Rahul Rahul and Murali Vijay — to get the job done.While the Indians will be delighted with their effort, the visitors will know that just two poor sessions could have cost them the game and undone the hard work done before. Australia pacers will look to exploit the morning freshness and put India under pressure.The visitors are not going to give up that easily and will make India work hard. The Indians will be aware of it and will want to finish the game professionally on what should be the last day of the series in all likelihood.last_img