60.4 Vijay's gone in the push for quick runs, this is short and wide, he tries to cut, but it has bounced a shade too much and nibbles the edge on its way to the keeper 178/3
    13.2 umpire Dharmasena raises his finger after a nod right away, Rahul jumping out to try and smother this flighted one, does not get to the pitch, and it spins in and bounces to take the glove to backward short leg 48/1
    37.6 Captain Smith shows the way it is done with an absolute stunner at wide slip, Rohit tries to dab a short of a length ball, Smith goes flying to his right to take it one-handed, soft dismissal for Rohit yet again, and Watson breaks another partnership 104/2
    66.6 Starc gives Australia the big one of the India captain, good delivery, slanted in good length and wide, Kohli reaches for the drive, the ball straightens and the edge carries to first slip's right, Watson snapping it up 201/4
    not out
    68.3 Raina has two ducks in his comeback Test, stuck on the crease again, the short ball on his mind, this comes in from back of a length, past a tentative bat, strikes him on the knee roll, umpire gives it right away, ball tracker says that is hitting middle 203/5
    71.1 oh dear, this is to be expected on a day five pitch, this is tossed up, fullish, Saha has chosen to go right back in the crease, and that has done him, this has hardly got up at all, and struck him plumb in front just above the ankle 208/6
    78.2 umpire Kettleborough has a look and raises the finger, Hazlewood strikes the pad with late inswing from a good length, Ashwin cannot get bat around pad in time, it hits him just below the knee roll, that has moved in a lot, is that missing leg? Nope, ball tracker shows that is clipping leg stump 217/7
    not out
    12 (b 4, lb 8)
    252/7 (89.5 Overs)
    MA Starc19.073621.8900
    RJ Harris13.033402.6100
    NM Lyon30.5511023.5600
    JR Hazlewood17.073121.8200
    SPD Smith2.00703.5000
    SR Watson8.022212.7500
    Fall of wickets:1-48 (KL Rahul, 13.2 ov), 2-104 (RG Sharma, 37.6 ov), 3-178 (M Vijay, 60.4 ov), 4-201 (V Kohli, 66.6 ov), 5-203 (SK Raina, 68.3 ov), 6-208 (WP Saha, 71.1 ov), 7-217 (R Ashwin, 78.2 ov)

Close of Play

  • Tue, 6 Jan - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 348/2 (SR Watson 61*, SPD Smith 82*, 90 ov)
  • Wed, 7 Jan - day 2 - India 1st innings 71/1 (KL Rahul 31*, RG Sharma 40*, 25 ov)
  • Thu, 8 Jan - day 3 - India 1st innings 342/5 (V Kohli 140*, WP Saha 14*, 115 ov)
  • Fri, 9 Jan - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 251/6 (BJ Haddin 31*, RJ Harris 0*, 40 ov)
  • Sat, 10 Jan - day 5 - India 2nd innings 252/7 (89.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Most Runs in a Series


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

A very steep hill


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

Making History


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


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

The Allround Double


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

Consistently Big


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


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

A Massive Series


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

Leading from the Front


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

Batting Long


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


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)