India clinch historic first ever series on Australian soil

07 January, 2019, 06:57 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Australia, reeling from a record three-consecutive declarations this series, gave up their biggest first-innings deficit at the famed venue since 1936. Mohammed Shami (2-58) bowled Pat Cummins (25) with a ball that kept low on the sixth ball after resumption of play.

The recalled Peter Handscomb began with goal, confidently stroking two boundaries to move to 37 before swiping at a Bumrah delivery and dragging it onto his stumps.

Nathan Lyon faced just five balls before he was adjudged lbw to fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav for a duck, a decision Australia decided against reviewing despite a question mark over whether the ball would have hit the stumps.

Kuldeep, playing his first match in the series, picked up his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket, with his first coming against the West Indies at Rajkot in October of past year.

And he could have immediately completed his five-wicket haul, but Hanuma Vihari put down a skier from Josh Hazlewood (21) at mid on.


The light improved in some time and the two umpires stipulated 11 am local time as the start of play, but rain arrived to prevent that from happening.

Brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*), trail by 316 following on.

Considering the poor weather conditions and India's huge lead, Kohli did not hesitate in asking the hosts to bat again and by doing so, Kohli became only the second India captain after Kapil Dev to enforce the follow-on in Australia and coincidently, both the instances have come at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

India leads the four-test series 2-1 after wins in the first test at Adelaide by 31 runs and last week's Boxing Day test in Melbourne to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

Ravindra Jadeja provided able support to Kuldeep from the other end picking up two wickets.

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