Historic win for India in Australia


SYDNEY: India won their first-ever Test series in Australia as the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground concluded in a draw on Monday. Having won the Tests in Adelaide and Melbourne, the number one-ranked Indian Test team clinched the four-Test series 2-1. The fifth day of the final Test was washed out without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain since morning in Sydney. The morning session was washed out on Sunday as well, following which we saw a bit of play in the second session and the abandonment of the final session. Resuming from the overnight total of 236 for six, Australia crumbled to 300 all out on the fourth day. Australia were forced to follow-on at home for the first time in 30 years. Last time they had to follow-on Down Under in a Test match against England in 1988. Usman Khawaja (4*) and Marcus Harris (2*) were unbeaten as Australia posted six without loss before the umpires called off the day due to poor weather condition. They were still 316 runs behind India's first innings total with all ten wickets in hand. Kuldeep Yadav claimed a five-wicket haul, his second in the Tests, as India wrapped up the hosts after Marcus Harris' remarkable 79 and some defiance from tailenders Mitchell Starc (29), Jose Hazlewood (21) and Pat Cummins (25). Besides a five-wicket haul by the young left-arm spinner, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets each for India. Joint-highest leading wicket-taker Jasprit Bumrah (21 wickets) dismissed Peter Handscomb for 37 to join the party.