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
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.
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.
Pujara stays back and defends to short leg, he's let his captain have the opportunity of hitting the winning runs
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.
three in a row, the scores are level, Pujara steps out to a full toss and drills it through wide mid-on
he's getting them in a hurry, short ball outside off, cut hard off the back foot through backward point
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 ...
driven back to the bowler
short ball, Pujara goes back and pulls to deep midwicket
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
worked off the front foot through midwicket for one more
an appeal for a catch behind after Pujara pushes forward and gets beaten by one that slides past the bat
steps forward and drives to long on
Pujara steps out of his crease, gets to the pitch of the ball and flicks through midwicket
played off the front foot on the off side
Dhoni goes back to cut hard but gets beaten by the extra bounce on the one that goes on with the arm
steps out of his crease and works the ball through wide mid-on
played off the pads in front of square
that kept low outside off stump, Dhoni tried to cut but was beaten below his bottom edge
Dhoni goes right back and cuts from close to off stump through point, Lyon gives chase but the timing is too good
|Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi|
|Toss||Australia, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||India won the 4-match series 4-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2085|
|Hours of play (local time)||09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30|
|Match days||22,23,24 March 2013 - day (5-day match)|