The first two days of the last test match between India and Australia were extremely intriguing. The side at the driving seat changed literally after every session. India managed a slender but important 32-run lead after the first innings. The match hung in the balance after the first two days.
It was Day 3 when the match took a decisive turn in India’s favour when the home team bundled the Australia team for merely 137. The visitors needed someone to bowl exceptionally well or would have wanted the weather Gods to intervene. None of that happened.
India managed to score the requisite 106 runs with only two men back in the hut. Fast bowler Cummins sent Murali Vijay back while Cheteshwar Pujara, who has been the mainstay of the Indian batting, was run out for a duck. India stood at 46 for 2. However Captain Rahane and L Rahul ensured that India did not stumble.
India won the match and the series which was marred by numerous verbal spats between the players. India thus regained the Border-Gavaskar trophy which they lost to Australia in 2014-15. In fact Rahane appeared to be in a hurry to lay his hands on the coveted trophy. The captain made a fine 27 ball 38 runs studded with four fours and two sixes.
Jadeja won the man-of-the match for his brilliant all-round performance. He also bagged the man-of-the-series for his consistency throughout the series.
While there are many positives that India would take from this series, the biggest is that the win comes without Virat Kohli contributing significantly. Kudos to the entire team.