Australia complete whitewash

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Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 8:35 [IST]
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Australia win by 298 runs

Adelaide, Jan 28: India register a historic low as they surrendered meekly to the mighty looking Australians, registering another whitewash in nine months. Just 59 minutes into Day 5, the first time they actually played on the fifth day in the four match Test series as Australia wrapped up a whitewash at Adelaide.

[Scorecard: Fourth Test; India Vs Australia, Adelaide]

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India surrendered the Border-Gavaskar trophy, as they were bundled out for 201 after adding just 35 runs to their over-night score of 166/6. Australia's winning moments came when Umesh Yadav was dismissed by Nathan Lyon a he found a leading edge which landed in Haddin's gloves.

Ishant Sharma (2), Wriddhiman Saha (3) Zaheer Khan (15) and Umesh yadav (1) were the last 4 to be dismissed on Day 5 while R Ashwin reamined unbeaten on 15, as India were bundled out for 201 within the first hour of play on Day 5.

Having lost the toss, India conceded a lead of 332 in the first innings, and Aussies made merry as they waited for a 500 run target to declare their second innings at 167/5. In reply to Aussies' 604/7 d, India managed to reach 272 as young Kohli played face saving knock and announced his Test arrival with his magnificent maiden ton.

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Apart from him, Saha, who replaced skipper Dhoni (facing a one-match ban) played a gritty knock of 35 in the first innings, to support Kohli in achieving his maiden century. Sehwag, comapritively played well as he scored 34 and 62 in the final Test. Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar disappointed again without taking much responsibilities.

Virat Kohli's ton was the only highlight of the fourth and final Test at Adelaide, while Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers, as he managed to get 5 wickets in the match.

Aussies were at their best, went for the kill from Day One, allowed themselves to break records one after the other, returned to form with style, played a magnificent innings, as Clarke and Ponting just kept the Indians at bay every time they stepped into the field.

The duo have scored 1170 runs together in the four match series, while India's Big 3 managed to score just 636. Clarke alone has scored 626 runs which fetch him the man of the series title, worthy indeed while Ponting has secured 544 runs, considering his form prior to the series, there seems to be a drastic change, he is back with a bang.

Peter Siddle emerged as the player of the match, as he finished with figures of 5/49 and 1/47 in the fourth Test. Nathan Lyon claimed 5 wickets, while Ryan Harris grabbed 4 wickets in the match.

Overall bowling performance of the Aussies has been outstanding as Hilfenhaus leads the table with 26 wickets in the series while Siddle is placed second after claiming 22 wickets.

This is definitely a phase that Indian fans nor the cricketing fraternity has expected though a few former cricketers had given a 4-0 scoreline, which actually happened in Adelaide, after successive losses in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

With this whitewash, India has reached a historic low, as said earlier, seems to be tough to stage a comeback especially on foreign soil as they have registered 8 successive losses in away tests since July 2011. This also suggests, India's top order which has failed in the four match series may also be under scanner as the selectors might axe a few senior players following this disastrous tour Down Under.


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