Result
4th Test, Sydney, Jan 6-10 2015, Border-Gavaskar Trophy
572/7d & 251/6d
(89.5 ov, target 349)
475 & 252/7
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
Australia
1y
• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

Australia race to 348-run lead

On the fourth afternoon at the SCG, Australia rollicked along at better than a run a ball in their second innings, hoping to beat India and the weather.

Match centre 
Commentator: Abhishek Purohit
Scorecard summary
Australia572/7d(152.3 overs)1st Innings
Steven Smith117 (208)
David Warner101 (114)
Mohammed Shami5/112(28.3)
Umesh Yadav1/137(27)
India475(162 overs)1st Innings
Virat Kohli147 (230)
KL Rahul110 (262)
Australia251/6d(40 overs)2nd Innings
India252/7(89.5 overs)2nd Innings

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
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
Lyon to Kumar, no run
this stayed low from a length, Bhuvneshwar moved across and got the bat down in time
89.2
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 893 runs
INDIA: 244/7CRR: 2.74 
Ajinkya Rahane38 (88)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar12 (25)
Mitchell Starc19-7-36-2
Nathan Lyon30-5-102-2
88.6
Starc to Rahane, no run
short, but this flies down the leg side as Rahane moves a touch outside the line
88.5
Starc to Rahane, no run
that is nasty, that has kicked in from back of a length, and somehow Rahane has managed to fend it down in front of the cordon
88.4
Starc to Rahane, no run
slanted in short of a length, Rahane calmly defends it past short leg
88.3
2
Starc to Rahane, 2 runs
overpitched ball outside off, pushed through the covers
88.2
Starc to Rahane, no run
Rahane survives, he had a waft at this lifter outside off only to be beaten

Bhuvneshwar has played 100 deliveries in this match

88.1
1
Starc to Kumar, 1 run
full and slanted, it is thick edged along the ground past the slips

Sankar: "Aus missing M Clarke, the bowler !!"

Starc round the stumps

end of over 882 runs
INDIA: 241/7CRR: 2.73 
Ajinkya Rahane36 (83)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar11 (24)
Nathan Lyon30-5-102-2
Ryan Harris13-3-34-0
87.6
Lyon to Rahane, no run
gets a big stride forward to defend

over the stumps

87.5
Lyon to Rahane, no run
back in the crease to play out an offbreak on the stumps

Round the stumps

87.4
2
Lyon to Rahane, 2 runs
squeezes an overpitched ball through the covers

Eight men close in

87.3
Lyon to Rahane, no run
moves across and pushes it square on the off side
87.2
Lyon to Rahane, no run
moves forward and opens the face to push it past silly point
87.1
Lyon to Rahane, no run
turns and bounces past the forward push, and falls down off the pad flap
end of over 871 runs
INDIA: 239/7CRR: 2.74 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar11 (24)
Ajinkya Rahane34 (77)
Ryan Harris13-3-34-0
Nathan Lyon29-5-100-2
86.6
Harris to Kumar, no run
short of a good length, Bhuvneshwar quietly plays it out to point
Best performances - batsmen
V Kohli
147 runs (230)
20 fours
0 sixes
Control91%
Productive shot
cover drive
34 runs
6 fours
0 sixes
310191741131430
SPD Smith
117 runs (208)
15 fours
0 sixes
Control94%
Productive shot
flick
35 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
2111692271535
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammed Shami
O
28.3
M
3
R
112
W
5
Eco
3.92
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
R Ashwin
O
19
M
2
R
105
W
4
Eco
5.52
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Sydney Cricket Ground
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesBorder-Gavaskar Trophy
Player Of The Match
Steven Smith
Player Of The Series
Steven Smith
Series resultAustralia won the 4-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2156
Season2014/15
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-1.10pm, Tea 15.10-15.30pm, Close 17.30pm
Match days6,7,8,9,10 January 2015 (5-day match)
Umpires
Richard Kettleborough
Kumar Dharmasena
TV Umpire
Simon Fry
Reserve Umpire
Gerard Abood
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama