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Monday, March 18, 2013

India win Test & series comfortably despite periods of Australian fightback: T3 D5

India 499 & 4/136 (33.3 ov, Kohli 34) def Australia 408 & 223 (89.2 ov, Hughes 69, Starc 35, Haddin 30, Kumar 3/31, Jadeja 3/35) by 6 wkts: T3/4 D5/5 at Mohali. India lead series 3-0 and thereby regain Border- Gavaskar trophy.

The Test kept me alert until the end, not because Australia ever looked like winning but because their collective resistance kept the possibility of a draw alive for so long. Not that this would have done anything for the series but there were a few positives to emerge from the wreckage, eg (in no partcular order) Mitchell Starc's allround accomplishments; the batting of Ed Cowan,Steve Smith and, at last,Phillip Hughes; and Peter Siddle's wholehearted bowling.

Enough for now. Congratulations to India, and some gratuitous advice for Australia: regroup and build on the strengths which emerged or reemerged during this match. This may make for some interesting discussion at the selection table (or form filling). My 5 cents' worth: is there a place in the T5 ueleven for Shane Watson?
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