Sydney, Dec 30: India failed to capitalise on a healthy first innings in the Boxing Day Test as they lost the four match series 2-0. Australia posted a second innings total of 318-9 declared and held India to 174-6 at the draw of stumps on the final day of the Melbourne Test.
Indian batsman Virat Kohli failed to replicate the performance of his first innings as he was dismissed for a half ton. Kohli was caught by Joe Burns off returning paceman Ryan Harris’ express delivery for his individual score of 54.
Indian openers Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and debutant Lokesh Rahul also failed to provide any base to the tourists’ scoreline as they fell in quick succession for 11, duck and one run respectively.
Kohli steadied the Indian ship with Ajinkya Rahane as they built an 85 run partnership stand for the fourth wicket.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s batting demons seemed to continue as he yet again failed to capitalise on a good start as he was bowled off by Mitchell Johnson’s express delivery. Rahane fell two runs short of his half-century as he was caught by Shaun Marsh off Josh Hazlewood’s delivery.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni kept the tourists from decimating in front of an Australian attack as he remained unbeaten on 24 runs with Ravichandran Ashwin on eight.
India now face a dead rubber in the fourth and final Test in Sydney as Australia won the first and second Test with the Boxing Day Test ending in a draw.
Indian captain said he was pleased that the Boxing Day Test against Australia in Melbourne resulted in a draw, admitting that the match could have ended in a mess on the last day.
He said that bowlers really bowled well especially in the second innings.
Praising Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane for their impressive performance, Indian skipper said it was a fantastic display as both of them looked to attack the bowling, and made sure they converted it to a big hundred.
(With Agency Inputs)