India slide to 4-0 series loss with 298 run defeat at Adelaide
India reached the fifth day of a Test on this tour for the first time at Adelaide but as expected, the tailenders only lasted an hour on Saturday, dismissed within 12 overs of play but not before taking India past 200.
Day 4 saw Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke grind the Indian bowlers one last time in the series. They moved the score from 50/3 overnight to 111 before Clarke was dismissed by Yadav for 37. Michael Hussey didn’t last long either and Clarke declared with Australia on 167/5 at Lunch with Ponting on 60*, setting India a target of 500 to win.
Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid added 66 for the second wicket after Gambhir’s departure in the fourth over of the innings, the best partnership of the innings. Sehwag raced to 62 before he was dismissed, Dravid (25) and Tendulkar (13) soon followed as India slid to 110/4 from 80/1.
Virat Kohli and VVS Laxman put together 52 runs for the fifth wicket when one of Laxman’s trademark flicks went straight into the hands of a fielder placed by Clarke at short midwicket. VVS Laxman walked off for 35 in his last innings in Australia, India at 162/5 just 3 overs from Stumps.
Kohli soon took on Ben Hilfenhaus’s arm and lost out. Trying to keep the nightwatchman Ishant Sharma off strike, Kohli tried a cheeky single off the last ball but was beaten by Hilfenhaus’s quick pick up and throw to be dismissed for 22, India sliding to 166/6 at Stumps on Day 4.
Ishant was dismissed without a run being added in the third over of Day 5, Wriddhiman Saha following in the next over, the score now reading 170/8. Zaheer and Ashwin added 23 quick runs, Zaheer entertaining the crowd with his swinging, eventually edging one behind to be dismissed for 15.
Lyon picked up the wicket of Yadav, adding him to his tally of Sehwag, Tendulkar and Laxman as Australia wrapped the match by 298 runs and the series 4-0.
Peter Siddle with his 5/49 in the first innings picked up the Man of the Match award while Michael Clarke picked up Man of the Series for his 626 runs at an average of 125.20.
Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Virat Kohli was India’s lone bright spot of the series, coming in at no. 3 on the run getters list for the series with his 300 runs at an average of 37.50. RCB spearhead Zaheer Khan came third in the wickets list for the series with his 15 wickets.