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Australia Won series after Draw in third test

Dec 30,Brisbane


A draw was enough for Australia to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy under the stand-in captaincy of Steven Smith, and also enough for MS Dhoni's India to avoid a series whitewash.

Set a distant 384 from 70 overs by Australia's captain Steven Smith, the visitors slid quickly to 3 for 19 before their first innings saviours Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane steadied the innings. Kohli was involved in several confrontations with the Australians, but maintained his serene batting form to slow their progress, though was close to being run out in the final over of the session.

Fourth day Day Day

Indian bowlers gave a good fight, Australia restricted to 261/7

Australia have a strong lead of more than 300. Earlier in the day, it was Chris Rogers who scored a fighting fifty but was dismissed just when he was looking good for a lot more.

Second Day Day

Tea Australia 530 (Smith 192, Harris 74, Rogers 57, Haddin 55, Watson 52) India

Steven Smith's most masterful innings of 192, plus a star turn with the bat from Ryan Harris, pushed Australia to a bounteous 530 against an increasingly flustered India by tea on day two of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

India made 108/1 at stumps.M Vijay is not out at 55*.

First Day

Australia 5 for 259 (Smith 72*, Rogers 57, Watson 52) v India

Australia came back strongly after India strike early in morning. Riding on the unbeaten 72 from Smith, Australia will walk away the more contended of the two sides at the end of day 1

India's bowlers stuck to better discipline for larger part of the day but on a flat pitch, they weren't incisive enough. The new-ball is only eight overs old and India will need to make it count before it drifts away like every other Test.