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Bengal Tiger tame the Kangaroos, finally.

Jan 08, 2019

The Indian cricket team broke a 71-year-long wait and bagged a stupendous test match series victory against Australia right in the Aussie soil. The team, lead by Virat Kohli has carved a golden chapter in the history of Indian Cricket by hitting a score of 2-1 in 4 four matches.

India won the first test match in Adelaide by beating Australia with 31 runs and followed the same in the third match in Melbourne with a higher score of 137 more than its opponent. But the second match did not go in its favour. Australia won the second test by hitting 147 runs more than India. The much awaited fourth match of the test series in Sydney was declared draw, confirming India's maiden triumph over its opponent in test series victory.

With Virat Kohli's team performing at their best, a day long match could have easily fetched India a terrific win in the fourth match.
With Virat Kohli's team performing at their best, a day long match could have easily fetched India a terrific win in the fourth match.

Updates on Fourth day of test match series

Scheduled at Sydney cricket ground, the match on day 4 was delayed for more than 4 hours attributing to bad weather. The play began with the home team resuming on 236 runs after lunch break, in response to India's score of 622 runs and seven declared. While the Australian team needed a definite win to level out the four-match series, the match was called off for the day due to insufficient lighting. It was only 25.2 overs done and the cricket fans awaited the players to be on the pitch with their phone torches switched on. When there wasn't any sign of lights getting better in Sydney, the Cricket board at Australia dropped a tweet declaring a draw and confirming India's first victory in test series. The tweet read

"ALL OVER! It's a draw in Sydney and India claim a famous 2-1 series triumph"

With Virat Kohli's team performing at their best, a day long match could have easily fetched India a terrific win in the fourth match. But things turned out to be a kind of anti-climax when the match was called off, eliminating the chances for India to add an insult to the injury with a victory margin of 3-1.

Sunil Gavaskar, India's former opener expressed the following

"This is history and terrific moment for India"

Highlights

8:23 (IST)

India marks a brilliant start. Cummins OUT by Shami and Australia is 236/7

8:49 (IST) Another OUT and its 257/8 for Australia. Handscomn thrashes Bummrah's ball into the stumps

While the entire country is celebrating India's first test-series success, here are the three top performers who have been the reason for it.
While the entire country is celebrating India's first test-series success, here are the three top performers who have been the reason for it.

8:55 (IST) Kuldeep marks LBW for Lyon and gains his fourth wicket. Its 258/9 for Australia

9:04 (IST) Australians get slightly better as Hanuma Viahri fails to catch Kuldeep's ball to send Hazzlewood out of the pitch. Australia maintians 265/9

9:44 (IST) Kuldeep traps hazzlehood and its ALL OUT for Australia

10:17- 11-17 (IST) Fans and Players wait for lights in Sydney to get better

11:56 (IST) Official declaration stating that the match has been called off

The Stalwarts behind India's success

While the entire country is celebrating India's first test-series success, here are the three top performers who have been the reason for it.

Cheteshwar Pujara declared "the man of the match" with the leading score of 521 runs in the entire series when no other batsman could even touch a 400-run mark. He has scored an average of 74.42 in four matches

Following Pujara, stands Rishabh Pant with an average score of 58.33 and a total of 350 runs in the series

Third comes the most promising batsman, not just in India but in the entire cricket world, Virat Kohli by scoring 282 runs on the whole and an average of 40.28.

The Indian cricket team was honoured in SCG for its victory and Virat Kohli marked it as the greatest achievement in his career.

Following Christmas and New year, the lion-hearted Indian team has brought in another reason for Indian cricket fans to rejoice and celebrate. Kudos to the Indian cricket team, led by the most charming Virat Kohli for bringing another golden feather to India's cap.