The hosts need a mere 87 to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on day four in Dharamsala. Smith’s Baggy Green can turn it their way only if Cummins and company make early inroads in the five-fold strong Indian batting line up.
However, if India wants to have the last laugh in a series full of amazing cricketing performances amid rough patches of the field, the openers need to be cautious and ply basic cricketing abilities.
On Day 3, chasing an easy target of 106, India were 19 for no loss at stumps, needing another 87 runs to win the series inside four days.
Indian bowlers skittled out Australia for a paltry 137 in their second innings on the Day 3 of the final and penultimate Test match of the Border-Gavaskar trophy being played in Dharamsala.
# Gavaskar now presents the ICC Test Championship Mace and a winner's cheque of 1 million dollars to Virat Kohli as India finish the April 1 cut off date as the top ranked Test team.
# Ravindra Jadeja is the Man of the Match and also the Man of the Series!
# Smith: "It was a magnificent series, probably one of the best I have been part of so far. Credit to India, they are a fantastic side. It was a fantastic learning curve for us. The way we adapted to these conditions was fantastic. That middle session where we lost for five for 70 odd made the difference"
# India win the match and claim series
# Pat Cummins to Rahane, SIX, "that has been slapped"
# Match Trivia - Pujara takes his idol far too seriously. The last time an Indian batsman from top seven got run out without getting off the mark - Rahul Dravid vs Pak, Lahore, 2004.
# Pat Cummins to Pujara, out Pujara Run Out!! Pujara run out (Maxwell) 0(5)
# Pat Cummins to Vijay, out Caught by Wade!! Vijay c Wade b Pat Cummins 8(35)
# Hazlewood to Rahul, no run, hits a crack and comes back in a long long way.
# KL Rahul in a hurry! 3 boundaries in 2 overs.
# O'Keefe to Rahul, FOUR, to sweeper cover.
# Hazlewood to Rahul, FOUR, expert
# Steve O'Keefe [1.0-1-0-0] is back into the attack
# Hazlewood to Vijay, no run, loud shout for lbw. Not given by Erasmus. And Australia don't review.
# Out come the umpires, Aussies and the Indian openers. Play Starts