It took Indian team quite long to stamp its authority and sheer dominance on the Australian team. The final day of the third test saw India getting a paltry total of 133 runs as a target in the second innings. India achieved the target by losing only 4 wickets and won the four test series 3-0.
Australia was at 75 runs for the loss of three wickets at the start of the fifth day. The day demanded big partnerships to save the test for the visitors. Phil Hughes and Nathan Lyon were on the crease at 53 and 4 runs respectively. The first wicket to fall was of Lyon at 89 runs by Ojha. Clarke came at the crease on number 6 due to his back problem. He scored 18 runs and was out by Jadeja when team’s total was 119 runs. Next to follow was Hughes who was the top scorer with 69 runs and showed great resilience and determination to play the spinners successfully. Siddle and Henriques were unable to score good runs. When Australia’s eight wickets were down, Haddin and Starc developed a partnership of 36 runs that took the total beyond 170. Haddin scored 30 runs and was out by Ashwin. Australia’s total at that time was 179 runs. However, Starc and Doherty made a partnership worth 44 runs and stayed on the crease for 18.1 overs. Starc scored 35 runs and was the last man to depart. He was removed by Jadeja. Doherty remained not out at 18 runs. Jadeja was the most successful bowler as he took 3 wickets.
India had an easy target of 133. They were made to work for that as Australian bowlers took four wickets. Kohli was the top scorer with 34 runs. India completed the total with 6 wickets remaining and won the test by 6 wickets to regain Border-Gavaskar Trophy 3-0. It was for the first time since 1993-94 that India won 3 tests in a row in a series. For Australia, it was the first time since 1988-89 that it lost first 3 tests of a series. The fourth test will be played in Delhi from 22 to 26 March. The score board is as follows:
India 499 (Dhawan 187, Vijay 153, Siddle 5-71) and 136 for 4 beat Australia 408 (Starc 99, Smith 92) and 223 (Hughes 69) by 6 wickets