Sunday, January 15, 2012
Australia 369 def India 161 & 171 (63.2 ov, Kohli 75, Dravid 47, Hilfenhaus 4/54, Siddle 3/43) by an innings & 37 runs: T3/4 D3/5 at WACA, Perth. Australia lead series 3-0 and regain Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
For a while, when Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli were together, it looked as if the Test might last more than a couple of sessions, but the Australian bowlers chipped away, then swept the tail aside disdainfully immediately after lunch.
Dravid was not at his assured best but he hung on until Ryan Harris bowled him for 47/114b (8x4). From 5/135 the born again quicks Ben Hilfenhaus 4/54 and Petrer Siddle took 3/43 over and made short work of the rest, except for Kohli who was last out for a defiant 75/136b (9x4).
It goes without saying that India, especially several big names, have performed well below par. To make matters worse M S Dhoni has been banned from the Fourth Test because of his team's slow over rate (which few would have noticed when Australia was piling on the runs and I don't recall seeing the umpires chivvying him about it onfield).
What more is there to say? For someone who'd predicted an Indian series victory, not much.
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