Player of the Match
Player of the Match
111dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Honours even after see-saw day

Steven Smith radiated certainty, adapting to the idiosyncrasies of the MCG's drop-in pitch and India's persevering bowlers to ensure his side ended the day on level terms with the visitors

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Steven Smith
192(305) 15x4 - 2x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 42 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
11 24 14 17 42 26 28 30
Virat Kohli
169(272) 18x4 - 0x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 44 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
12 7 22 5 41 25 15 42

Best performances - Bowlers

Ryan Harris
O26
M7
R70
W4
Eco2.69
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Mohammed Shami
O29
M4
R138
W4
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • 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

Series result

Australia led 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

26,27,28,29,30 December 2014 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

AUSTRALIA 530(142.3 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

INDIA 465(128.5 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

AUSTRALIA 318/9d(98 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

INDIA 174/6(66 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Commentator: Devashish Fuloria

END OF OVER:
66 | 3 Runs | INDIA: 174/6

  • Ravichandran Ashwin8 (34b)
  • MS Dhoni24 (39b)
  • Nathan Lyon12-0-36-0
  • Shane Watson6-1-14-0

Another match that lasted the distance. However, there are a number of issues that will need a post-mortem. Was Australia's declaration timing ok? Why did India rejig the batting order? What about Watson's place? Will Rohit Sharma be back in Sydney? Dhoni's captaincy? The Virat-Johnson love affair.. Plenty of topics to be covered by our analysts in the next two days. Enjoy the new year's party. We will catch up at Sydney. Thanks for the comments and feedback. Ciao ciao.

"It was a tough five days on a pretty flat wicket. Couple of drop catches in the field cost us dear," says Steven Smith. "India played well, but we have got the series. The wicket did not deteriorate much and they had some strong batting, so we wanted to take it away from them. It was about keeping the series safe, rather than Shaun's hundred. We came close here but it wasn't enough. We are looking forward to make it 3-0 in Sydney. Rhino was outstanding with the bat and with the ball, helped us build up a strong total in the first innings."

"Quite happy with the draw. Could have ended in a mess on the last day," says MS Dhoni. "The bowlers really bowled well, especially in the second innings. I don't really want to comment on (declaration). If your batsman reaches 90 than you have to wait for him. We have found ways to trouble ourselves. We have got good partnerships in all tests, but we play loose shots. If you are playing well, then you need to carry the momentum forward. It was a bit slow (pitch) in the last hour and you feel the pressure. It was a fantastic display (Rahane-Kohli stand). Especially, because both of them looked to attack the bowling. Secondly, they both made sure they converted it to a big hundred. We need a bit of time. it's new side, not everyone is experienced. Over the last six months, they are getting better. It is a matter of time before we start delivering. We don't have an allrounder, but I am happy the way the bowlers bowled"

Ryan Harris is the Man of the Match for his first innings 74 and his six wickets

And that is it. Smith and Dhoni shake hands with four overs left in the game. Some thought India would go for the chase, some thought Australia would give themselves more time.. but this has ended in a draw in a rather tame fashion. I was bracing for more hop and jump action in the last four overs, but it was not to be. A batsman's game, this has been. Australia scored heavily in the first innings, India responded in kind. Then, in the last two days, it looked like we were heading towards and Adelaide-like finish, but then Australia took their time before declaring on the fifth day, ensuring along the way that they had a firm grasp on the B-G trophy, and very nearly made it 3-0. But the pitch lacked the zing bowlers needed and India, despite the hiccups, managed to survive a nervous last session. Excellent batting hands from both sides - Steven Smith continued piling on runs, so did Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. There was also a handy 99 in the second innings from Shaun Marsh, which is going to help him cement is place in the side for a while.

sbansban: "Can't figure why Smith didn't bowl those last 24 deliveries - all they needed was one good delivery to break this last partnership of two batters with some pretense of batting skills and then just three more to get rid of nine, ten and Jack.. "

Boll: "Draw probably a fair result. ..much as I was cheering for an Aussie win. Despite Oz being ahead in all 3 games, the way these young Indian batsmen have played has been brilliant to watch. Lots of chat about the amount of short form cricket played in India, but when you`re producing young, classical batsman as India seem to be doing, you must be doing something right. Virat Kohli, whatever you think of him as a bloke, has been absolutely stunning this series, and some of the other youngsters not far behind him. Looking forward to Sydney."

Prasanna S: "Despite all the critics Dhoni has shown what's missing with these young crop of Indian cricketers in a tight situation - 'Maturity', thank you captain cool for a draw."

Nithin: "Asking Pujara to bat down the order was indeed great move by Dhoni, he played 70 balls in the later part. With his form he would not have survived in swinging and pacey conditions"

Bala: "What "swinging and pacey conditions" are you talking about? The conditions throughout this test, and I would go so far as to say this series, have been extremely batsmen-friendly. You don't just blindly repeat "pace and bounce" just because this is Australia."


"Do you have a question about this Test, Mel Farrell and Gav Joshi cannot wait to answer them on the day 5 edition of #PoliteEnquiries.  Send your questions on Twitter using that hashtag, they won't declare early".


65.6
3
Lyon to Ashwin, 3 runs, fires it on the pads, Ashwin was watching it well and tickles it through backward square leg
65.5
0
Lyon to Ashwin, no run, pushed through on the stumps, the batsman defends it off the back foot. Nothing for Lyon on this pitch to surprise the batsmen with

Back over the wicket

65.4
0
Lyon to Ashwin, no run, tossed up outside off, the batsman pushes it down the pitch

Round the wicket now

65.3
0
Lyon to Ashwin, no run, he goes right back in the pitch and defends the pushed through delivery down the pitch
65.2
0
Lyon to Ashwin, no run, gets some turn from the footmarks but this is well wide, the batsman pads it away
65.1
0
Lyon to Ashwin, no run, pushed through outside off, the batsman leaves it alone. No turn there

Some spin. Lyon comes in.. Five men around the bat + the keeper

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Home field advantage

13

This draw ends 13 consecutive Tests between Australia and India all won by the home side, going back to a draw in Delhi, October 2008

Rare Draw Coming Up?

17

Number of years since a Test has been drawn at the MCG. The last drawn Test was between SA and Aus in 1997

Just Missing Out

499

Runs scored by Virat Kohli in this series. No overseas No. 4 batsmen has scored 500 runs in a series in Australia.

Run batsmen run

57

Number of 3s run by batsmen in this Test (at tea). Since 2001, the record for the most 3s in a Test is 58 (Aus v Ind, Adelaide, 2003)

A Boatload

848

Runs scored by Australia in this Test, the third-most by either team in Tests between India and Australia

Don't Run on 99 at the MCG!

3

Shaun Marsh's is the 3rd instance of an Australia batsman getting run out on 99 - all three of them have come at the MCG.

Indian Record

9

Number of dismissals collected by MS Dhoni in this Test - India's record for the most dismissals in a Test by a wicketkeeper.

Declare already?

234

Most runs scored on day 5 by a team batting fourth at the MCG in the last 40 years.

Maiden at home

0

Number of fifties Shaun Marsh had got in nine Test innings in Australia before today.

Ishant joins a club

8

Number of Indian bowlers who have taken 300+ international wickets; Ishant Sharma became the eighth

Bunny

7

Number of times Watson has been dismissed by Ishant Sharma in Tests, averaging 19.85 runs per dismissal.

Struggle

8.66

Shane Watson's batting average against R Ashwin in six Test innings; has been dismissed thrice in 55 balls.

Better later

41.70

Chris Rogers' batting average in the second innings as opposed to his average of 30.50 in the first.

Second-innings specialists

4

Second-innings century stands by Rogers and Warner - no other pair has put on more such partnerships in Tests since 2000.