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India vs Australia, 4th Test at Ahmedabad, IND v AUS, Mar 09 2023 - Match Result

4th Test, Ahmedabad, March 09 - 13, 2023, Australia tour of India
480 & 175/2d

Match drawn

Match centre 
Scores: Chandan Duorah | Comms: Alex Malcolm
Scorecard summary
Australia 480/10(167.2 overs)
180 (422)
114 (170)
2/134 (31)
India 571/9(178.5 overs)
186 (364)
3/151 (65)
128 (235)
3/113 (45.5)
Australia 175/2(78.1 overs)
90 (163)
1/36 (19)

4.10pm India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and celebrate with it. They have won each of the last four BGT series. India and Australia now set themselves for three ODIs starting in Mumbai on Friday. Stay tuned for the analysis from Karthik Krishnaswamy and Andrew McGlashan from Ahmedabad tonight. But thanks for your company. On behalf of the entire ESPNCricinfo team, as well as Sreshth Shah, Himanshu Agrawal and Chandan Duorah it is goodbye from Ahmedabad. India series winners. The two teams will next meet in a Test in the WTC final in England in June.

3.48pm Presentation

India captain Rohit Sharma: "It was fantastic. Right from the word go. It was exciting, all the Test matches there was something in it for everyone to watch. We understand the importance of the series and definitely understand the importance of the opposition. After playing good cricket for 40-odd days we stand here with a result we are quite happy with. There were challenges thrown up but we responded to them. With the result 2-1, the first two Tests, we knew how important it was to start the series. I think the Delhi Test match was something I'm really proud of because we were very much behind the game and to comeback from the situation that we did shows a lot of character and a lot of fight."

Joint Player of the series to R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Ashwin: "It's been a great journey together. We wouldn't be the same without the other. He gives me a lot of freedom to be creative on the field with the ball. Credit to him. I thought he bowled beautifully in the Delhi Test. That's why we're here."

Jadeja: "We're always talking about the wicket, what field we should have to particular batters. We're always talking and discussing. I'm not happy with my batting in the series. I missed on a few occasions. Especially in this game. Hopefully I'll work harder and more focussed on my batting for the next series."

Player of the match is Virat Kohli: "The expectations that I have for myself as a player are more important to me. I think in Test cricket I wasn't able to play with my tempo and template that I have played with for the last 10 years for awhile now. So that was the one thing I was trying to do. I felt like I was batting really well from the first innings in Nagpur. But we focussed more on batting as long as possible for the team. I did that for periods but not to the capability that I have done in the past. From that perspective I was disappointed but there was belief there that I was playing well and if I got an opportunity on a decent wicket then I can make a big one."

Australia captain Steve Smith: "It did end slowly. That was a pretty flat wicket that one. It was a really enjoyable series to be a part of. The boys had a great time over here. The hospitality has been outstanding and the crowds have been amazing. It was a really well fought series. I think we started to play a lot better as the series went on. That hour of madness I suppose in Delhi really cost us in that game. But I think coming back from that in Indore we fought back really nicely and this game as well. Unfortunately the wicket was probably a little bit too flat for a result in the end."

Sampath Bandarupalli notes: Bowling strike of 127.3 in this match is the worst for a Test match in India since Mohali 2003 (146.5 balls/wicket)

India coach Rahul Dravid on Star: "It was a really hard fought series, there were moments where we were put under extreme pressure by a really good cricket team and we responded. Whenever we needed someone to step up and put in a special performance, we found it. Rohit led the way in the first Test with a brilliant hundred and it was bookended by Virat Kohli's brilliant 186. In the middle we had performances from Ashwin, Jadeja, Axar, Shubman there. I've probably missed out a few. I think our fight stood out. Whenever we were under pressure with our backs to the wall we had to respond and we always found that. It's one of the heartening things about coaching this team. People want to stand up and take responsibility. [How do you prepare for the WTC final?] We just qualified at lunchtime today. I wasn't counting my chickens before they hatched. We'll celebrate this for starters. It is going to be a challenge. There's going to be a lot of logistics involved given the IPL final is only a week before the WTC final. We'll think about it."

Shubman Gill on Star: "[Lyon] is always on his mark. He tests your patience so much. Especially when I was batting to him on day three and the first session was quite challenging for me and Rohit. Just the areas that he bowls. He doesn't give much to the batter for someone who is consistently bowling outside off stump, he doesn't give half volleys or short balls. That's quite amazing. As a batter it's quite difficult to score runs off him."

Nathan Lyon on Star: "It's been a tough challenge. We knew it was going to be tough but it's been rewarding. I think our group can take a lot out of it. There's areas where we can improve but some proud moments along the way. [This pitch] was a pretty tough surface. There wasn't a lot in it. It can be quite challenging but it's up to us bowlers get the guys caught on the crease and trying to get them to play false shots. A totally different surface to the first three wickets."

3.21pm No we're done now. Australia can technically declare 10 minutes early. The umpires agree to call it off. Handshakes all-round. The 4th Test ends in a draw and India win the series 2-1. India too good. They deserve to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia will kick themselves for their collapse in Delhi that cost them a rare chance at a series win in India. But India's spinners were far too good in the first two Test matches. The two teams will meet again in the World Test Championship final at the Oval in England in June.

Neil: "India should've sneakily gone for the 84 in 16 overs because I assume Australia "declared" to lose 2 overs for change of innings?" Rohit joked that he would call for the light roller but they ended it by mutual agreement. Otherwise Australia would have kept batting obviously.

Vijaykumar: "I can imagine Chris Broad sharpening his knives before writing up the pitch report " It will be interesting to see how this is rated following Indore. Only 20 wickets fell to bowlers in 5 days.

Gill to Labuschagne, no run

82kph, tossed up on off, he defends on the front foot

We'll be done in three overs

end of over 781 run
AUS: 175/2CRR: 2.24 
Steven Smith10 (59b 2x4)
Marnus Labuschagne63 (212b 7x4)
Cheteshwar Pujara 1-0-1-0
Shubman Gill 1-0-1-0

Nanda: "The Indian wicket-keeper should say "Well bowled Warnie" after every Puajara delivery. " Bharat enjoyed that set

Pujara to Smith, no run

flatter slider, shorter, he's back to defend

Pujara to Smith, no run

flighted higher, drifting into middle, 79kph, he drives back to the bowler

Pujara to Smith, no run

tossed fuller, lovely shape, he drives to mid off

Pujara to Smith, no run

good length leg break, he's back to defend

Smith batting in a baggy green facing Pujara. Test cricket ladies and gentlemen.

Pujara to Smith, no run

good length, leg break, fourth stump, he's back to defend

Jobin: "@Alex - Why is Marnus Labuschagne not pushing for a century? He can go all hell now. Nothing to lose but a 100 to gain. " He prefers the not out clearly

Pujara to Labuschagne, 1 run

short and wide, some turn, he's back to punch to deep point

Here is Pujara. Some leg spin for the first time in the match. Slip in

end of over 771 run
AUS: 174/2CRR: 2.25 
Steven Smith10 (54b 2x4)
Marnus Labuschagne62 (211b 7x4)
Shubman Gill 1-0-1-0
Axar Patel 19-8-36-1

Gill keeps Smith and Labuschagne to one run in his first Test over. One to tell the grandkids about it. Aaron Gocs: "This is Gill's 10th first class over. Handshake not far away"

Gill to Smith, no run

good length, 85kph, spinning into off, he's back to defend

Gill to Smith, no run

tossed up outside off, 85kph, he leans out to defend

Gill to Labuschagne, 1 run

95kph, flatter and shorter on middle, he's back to work it through square leg

Marnus is smiling after defending the first three

Gill to Labuschagne, no run

83kph, full on off, he leans out to defend

Gill to Labuschagne, no run

81kph, good length pitching into the footmark, some dust comes up and it spins as he's back to defend

Sam: "What if Smith and Labuschagne refuse the handshakes in search of more runs and higher averages" Does not appear to be their intent at the moment given how they are defending

Gill to Labuschagne, no run

81kph, floaty off break tossed up, he leans out to defend

Shubman Gill on for a bowl

end of over 76Maiden
AUS: 173/2CRR: 2.27 
Steven Smith10 (52b 2x4)
Marnus Labuschagne61 (207b 7x4)
Axar Patel 19-8-36-1
Ravindra Jadeja 20-7-34-0

Neil: "Pujara is warming up I see...." All for some Pujara overs to liven things up

Axar Patel to Smith, no run

good length, sliding on with the arm to middle, he defends

Axar Patel to Smith, no run

fuller, drifting into middle, he defends on the front foot

Axar Patel to Smith, no run

round arm, 91kph, sliding low into leg, he's back to defend

Axar Patel to Smith, no run

good length, 89kph, some bounce this time, he defends on the front foot

Axar Patel to Smith, no run

91kph, flatter, skidding low, he plays back

Axar Patel to Smith, no run

drifting into off, 88kph, good length, he leans out to defend

Thanks Sreshth. Vijay Kaharana: "When can the captains shake hand??" Usually with an hour to go although there is some suggestion it could be done after 81 overs. We'll soon find out.

end of over 75Maiden
AUS: 173/2CRR: 2.30 
Marnus Labuschagne61 (207b 7x4)
Steven Smith10 (46b 2x4)
Ravindra Jadeja 20-7-34-0
Axar Patel 18-7-36-1

Alright then! That's all from me from the BGT. Here's Alex to wrap things up.

Jadeja to Labuschagne, no run

full ball around off and tapped to the on side. Drinks

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
V Kohli
186 runs (364)
15 fours0 six
Productive shot
87 runs
5 fours0 six
UT Khawaja
180 runs (422)
21 fours0 six
Productive shot
60 runs
7 fours0 six
Best performances - bowlers
R Ashwin
NM Lyon
Match details
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultIndia won the 4-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 2499
Match days9,10,11,12,13 March 2023 - day (5-day match)
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Match Referee
PointsAustralia 4, India 4
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