result
4th Test, Delhi, Mar 22 - 24 2013, Australia tour of India
262 & 164
(target 155)272 & 158/4
India won by 6 wickets
Player Of The Match
2/40, 43 & 5/58
ravindra-jadeja
Player Of The Series
20 runs • 29 wkts
ravichandran-ashwin
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• The Report by Sidharth Monga

Jadeja, Pujara take India to historic 4-0

India knocked off the 155-run chase with shockingly consummate ease to win four matches in a series for the first time in their Test history

Match centre 
Scores: Binoy George
Comms: George Binoy
Scorecard summary
Australia262/10(112.1 overs)1st INNINGS
India272/10(70.2 overs)1st INNINGS
Australia164/10(46.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
Peter Siddle50 (45)
Ed Cowan24 (44)
India158/4(31.2 overs)2nd INNINGS

4.10 pm Finally Ravi Shastri kicks things off ...

Shane Watson: "It was a hard fought Test, going into the game this is what I asked of the team. We gave it everything we had. We were up for it, but unfortunately things did not go according to plan with the ball in the second innings. We always thought 150-200 on that wicket if we bowled well was going to be enough ... as I said we just did not bowl as we wanted. Pujara batted very nicely to take it away from us.

"This is really as foreign as you get to playing cricket for an Australian cricket team. It's been a great learning curve for all of us. everyone has got a hell of a lot out of this tour."

After Watson leaves, it's time for the Man of the Match. It's Ravindra Jadeja, for a fine all-round performance. "I did well in this game," he says. "the wicket helped the spinners so I was bowling well. Just wanted to get as many as possible. Unfortunately I didn't score much runs with the bat, but I bowled well in the series. I'm used to playing on such wickets in Rajkot. I was bowling in the right areas and the rest the wicket was doing."

Jadeja credits Ashwin for his bowling performance, saying he enjoyed their partnership.

The Man of the Series is R Ashwin, for taking 29 wickets in four Tests. "Everything has gone pretty well, there were a few changes I had to make after the England series. Very happy at how it has come out. I had to work on my delivery stride, I had to work on it. We had very little time, I was lucky to have a coach to identified it pretty quickly ... I definitely needed a kick on the backside and they gave me one.

"It was quite a tricky wicket for both batsmen and bowlers, I thought Pujara played a terrific innings today. Satisfaction is not something I intend to attain, hopefully I can build on this."

Dhoni comes up to collect the Border-Gavaskar trophy, actually it's the sponsor's trophy now.

"I think it was an important series for us, there were a few changes in the side. It was up to the individuals to rise up and do well. I think they all did it, everybody performed. Almost all the pitches were turning, and all the wickets we batted second, we had to face the bowlers in the fourth innings, we all know how difficult that is ... This wicket I thought it got slightly better I maybe wrong, I thought yesterday was harder to bat on. the new ball did not turn as much.

"Credit goes to every one, the last one and a half years has not been great for us in Tests, but they showed a lot of character. you need to battle it out. That was the case in this series. We get some time off now - no international cricket - and can regroup before the Champions Trophy."

Now Dhoni goes up to receive the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from Border and Gavaskr. His team-mates join him and it's time for photographs and a lot of cheering. It's been rough for India in Tests of late, so they should celebrate this victory, savour it, and build towards sterner challenges in South Africa later this year.

And that's that. The series is at an end. We'll have a lot of post-match and post-series analysis up on the site shortly and tomorrow as well. Thank you for all your emails today and during the course of this series.

Remember, you can Google+ Hangout with Rahul Dravid tomorrow at 2:30 PM IST (9:00 AM GMT). Get ready to spend A Day with Dravid.

I'll leave you with that. Cheers.

3.50 pm Australia haven't lost a series 4-0 since 1969-70, when they were blanked in South Africa by Ali Bacher's team. Dhoni has a stump under his arm as he shakes the hands of the Australians. Pujara doesn't have one yet but he deserves one. He's anchored what could have been a tricky chase with admirable calm.

Kohli and Tendulkar celebrated animatedly on the dressing room balcony. You wonder if Tendulkar will be in a Test dressing room again in India. The next one is a long time away. But, for now, that discussion is for another time.

Pushkar: "I would give Jadeja the man of the match and Pujara the man of the series! Well played - the young India brigade."

shantanu: "Is Tendulkar retiring? Saw him waiving his hands as if a goodbye.. what a wonderful good bye would it be for him.. 4-0.. first time such a scoreline after those Kumble-Raju-Chauhan drubbings back in 92-93." Well he was waving, but that's all it was for now.

Zulu: "as good as Pujara and Ashwin were in the series - And Vijay too. Jadeja has to be man of the series for me. If he didn't get Clarke out so many times the 4-0 scoreline would look a lot different. Jadeja must get MoS"

I'll have the post match presentation for you shortly.

31.2
4
Lyon to Dhoni, FOUR runs

and there it is! Dhoni swings across the line, swings hard, makes clean contact and finds the midwicket boundary. India have won a Test series 4-0 for the first time ever

31.1
Lyon to Dhoni, no run

full ball outside off, Dhoni stays in his crease and drives to extra cover

I think I can hear the Kotla chant, "Dhoni, Dhoni ..." The field is in.

end of over 3112 runs
INDIA: 154/4CRR: 4.96 
Cheteshwar Pujara82 (92)
MS Dhoni8 (12)
Glenn Maxwell 11-0-54-2
Nathan Lyon 15-0-67-2
30.6
Maxwell to Pujara, no run

Pujara stays back and defends to short leg, he's let his captain have the opportunity of hitting the winning runs

30.5
Maxwell to Pujara, no run

defended back to the bowler ...

The batsmen meet in the middle of the pitch, punching gloves with India on the verge of a historic victory.

30.4
4
Maxwell to Pujara, FOUR runs

three in a row, the scores are level, Pujara steps out to a full toss and drills it through wide mid-on

30.3
4
Maxwell to Pujara, FOUR runs

he's getting them in a hurry, short ball outside off, cut hard off the back foot through backward point

30.2
4
Maxwell to Pujara, FOUR runs

a friendly full toss, and Pujara steps forward and drives the ball hard to the right of the fielder at mid-on. India need fewer than ten now ...

30.1
Maxwell to Pujara, no run

driven back to the bowler

end of over 305 runs
INDIA: 142/4CRR: 4.73 
Cheteshwar Pujara70 (86)
MS Dhoni8 (12)
Nathan Lyon 15-0-67-2
Glenn Maxwell 10-0-42-2
29.6
1
Lyon to Pujara, 1 run

short ball, Pujara goes back and pulls to deep midwicket

29.5
1
Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run

Dhoni steps out of his crease and looks to play the ball on the leg side, the ball comes off the pad on the off side, the umpire says it hit the bat at some point

29.4
1
Lyon to Pujara, 1 run

worked off the front foot through midwicket for one more

29.3
Lyon to Pujara, no run

an appeal for a catch behind after Pujara pushes forward and gets beaten by one that slides past the bat

29.2
1
Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run

steps forward and drives to long on

29.1
1
Lyon to Pujara, 1 run

Pujara steps out of his crease, gets to the pitch of the ball and flicks through midwicket

end of over 296 runs
INDIA: 137/4CRR: 4.72 
MS Dhoni6 (10)
Cheteshwar Pujara67 (82)
Glenn Maxwell 10-0-42-2
Nathan Lyon 14-0-62-2
28.6
Maxwell to Dhoni, no run

played off the front foot on the off side

28.5
Maxwell to Dhoni, no run

Dhoni goes back to cut hard but gets beaten by the extra bounce on the one that goes on with the arm

28.4
1
Maxwell to Pujara, 1 run

steps out of his crease and works the ball through wide mid-on

28.3
1
Maxwell to Dhoni, 1 run

played off the pads in front of square

28.2
Maxwell to Dhoni, no run

that kept low outside off stump, Dhoni tried to cut but was beaten below his bottom edge

28.1
4
Maxwell to Dhoni, FOUR runs

Dhoni goes right back and cuts from close to off stump through point, Lyon gives chase but the timing is too good

Best performances - batters
Pujara player portrait
CA Pujara INDIA
82 runs (92)
11 fours
0 six
Control79%
Productive shot
leg glance
31 runs
2 fours
0 six
85177163620
Murali Vijay portrait
M Vijay INDIA
57 runs (123)
8 fours
0 six
Control80%
Productive shot
leg glance
21 runs
3 fours
0 six
1278278112
Best performances - bowlers
Player portrait, Nathan Lyon
NM Lyon AUS
O
23.2
M
4
R
94
W
7
ECO
4.02
R Ashwin portrait
R Ashwin INDIA
O
34
M
18
R
57
W
5
ECO
1.67
Match details
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of India
Season2012/13
Player Of The Match
Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja
Player Of The Series
Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin
Series resultIndia won the 4-match series 4-0
Match numberTest no. 2085
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days22,23,24 March 2013 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
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Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire
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Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
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Anil Chaudhary
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
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