Player of the Match
Player of the Match
342dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

India hold on for tense draw

Three wickets needed, a wearing SCG pitch, the light fading, India trying to cling on for a draw. It could have been the 2008 finish all over again, but this time Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar managed to hold the Australians off.

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
147(230) 20x4 - 0x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 34 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
3 10 19 17 41 13 14 30
SPD Smith
117(208) 15x4 - 0x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 35 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
2 11 16 9 22 7 15 35

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammed Shami
O28.3
M3
R112
W5
Eco3.92
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
R Ashwin
O19
M2
R105
W4
Eco5.52
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W

Match Details

Toss

Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Australia won the 4-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-1.10pm, Tea 15.10-15.30pm, Close 17.30pm

Match days

6,7,8,9,10 January 2015 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Abhishek Purohit

The Australia captain accepts the series trophy from Allan Border and Sunil Gavaskar, and that is all we have from this series for the moment. Good bye

Steven Smith: "Very good series win, that is the most important thing for us. Tough day in the office for us. We did not get the variable bounce we were expecting on a day five pitch. There were a couple of chances that did not come off the glove and things like that. Credit to India for the way they played today. Really enjoyed this series, some pretty flat wickets and I have enjoyed batting, to make four hundreds in a series is very satisfying. I have really enjoyed captaining these guys, they played their hearts out today."

Virat Kohli: "It has been a hard fought series. We wanted to play hard cricket, give a fight, and that is what the boys have done. In Adelaide, and even today we thought we had a chance, but Australia kept coming back. The way they have composed themselves after the (Phillip Hughes) incident and come out is commendable. At tea time, I was not 100% sure if we wanted to go for the target. After Vijay got out, I thought why not take a chance, we are not coming back here for a while, If it does not happen it does not. The intent and character the side is showing is important. These guys have stepped up and shown they have the character and game at the international level, Rahul especially after the kind of debut he had. It is tough in Australia, I have experienced that before."

Steven Smith is the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series

And that will be it for this game and the series with just an inconsequential delivery left. Ajinkya Rahane has led India to a draw, and Australia have taken the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-0. Rahane grabs a couple of stumps, Bhuvneshwar takes another, Australia have given it everything, they have sent down 251 mostly disciplined overs in the game with the break of a lone session in between. That is a staggering effort.

Rahane - who has a profile this month in The Cricket Monthly - and Bhuvneshwar played out 69 deliveries after India went from 178 for 2 and 201 for 3 to 217 for 7 against the reversing ball. Australia went for the new one immediately, though, and that did not have the same effect

CricGal: "Bhuvi and Rahane- you beauty! "

jagan: "The difference between the 30 odd that Rohit makes and the 30 odd that Rahane made. Case in point why statistics are not everything."

89.5
4
Lyon to Kumar, FOUR runs, short and bouncing, Bhuvneshwar rocks back and across and pulls it high over square
89.4
0
Lyon to Kumar, no run, worked to backward square leg with the spin, and there is warm applause from the Indian dressing room
89.3
0
Lyon to Kumar, no run, this stayed low from a length, Bhuvneshwar moved across and got the bat down in time
89.2
0
Lyon to Kumar, no run, a big stride forward to defend past silly point
89.1
4
Lyon to Kumar, FOUR runs, sees an overpitched ball and cracks it to the long off boundary

Last over of the game

END OF OVER:
89 | 3 Runs | INDIA: 244/7

  • AM Rahane38 (88b)
  • B Kumar12 (25b)
  • MA Starc19-7-36-2
  • NM Lyon30-5-102-2
88.6
0
Starc to Rahane, no run, short, but this flies down the leg side as Rahane moves a touch outside the line
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Most Runs in a Series

5700+

Aggregate runs scored this series, the most ever in a series of four or fewer Tests.

A very steep hill

35

The highest 4th innings score made by an overseas team in a successful chase at the SCG in 82 years

Making History

769

Runs scored by Steven Smith in this series, the most by any batsman in a Test series of four or fewer matches

The Bleeding Bowlers

23

Number of times that a bowler has conceded 100+ runs in this series, the most ever in a Test series.

The Allround Double

9

Number of Indians who have completed the allround double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets - Ashwin is the ninth

Consistently Big

0

Number of previous instances where both teams have gone past 400 in the 1st innings of each Test in a series (min. 3 Tests)

Big Scores

8

Number of times that teams have gone past 400 this series, the most ever in a Test series

A Massive Series

2

Number of Indian batsmen who have scored four hundreds in a series - Sunil Gavaskar (twice) and Virat Kohli

Leading from the Front

7

Number of hundreds scored by captains in this series, the most ever in a Test series

Batting Long

23

Years since an Indian opener played 250 balls in an inns in Australia - Ravi Shastri in 1992, and now KL Rahul (262 balls)

Longish Stint

133

Balls played by Rohit Sharma, the second most by an Indian No. 3 this series (Pujara played 135 balls in the 1st inns at Adelaide)