short and bouncing, Bhuvneshwar rocks back and across and pulls it high over square
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."
worked to backward square leg with the spin, and there is warm applause from the Indian dressing room
this stayed low from a length, Bhuvneshwar moved across and got the bat down in time
a big stride forward to defend past silly point
sees an overpitched ball and cracks it to the long off boundary
Last over of the game
short, but this flies down the leg side as Rahane moves a touch outside the line
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
slanted in short of a length, Rahane calmly defends it past short leg
overpitched ball outside off, pushed through the covers
Rahane survives, he had a waft at this lifter outside off only to be beaten
Bhuvneshwar has played 100 deliveries in this match
full and slanted, it is thick edged along the ground past the slips
Sankar: "Aus missing M Clarke, the bowler !!"
Starc round the stumps
gets a big stride forward to defend
over the stumps
back in the crease to play out an offbreak on the stumps
Round the stumps
squeezes an overpitched ball through the covers
Eight men close in
moves across and pushes it square on the off side
moves forward and opens the face to push it past silly point
turns and bounces past the forward push, and falls down off the pad flap
short of a good length, Bhuvneshwar quietly plays it out to point
short ball, he pulls it flat in the air and it flies just wide of a diving leg gully
pushed away to silly point from the crease