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India reclaim Border-Gavaskar Trophy and end home season on high

Indian team posing with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy
Indian team posing with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy
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Lokesh Rahul celebrating the win in the Dharamsala Test
Lokesh Rahul celebrating the win in the Dharamsala Test
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Ajinkya Rahane looked at his fluent best on the final day
Ajinkya Rahane looked at his fluent best on the final day
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India 332 & 106-2 (Rahul 51no) beat
Australia 300 & 137 (Jadeja 3-24) by eight wickets
Fourth Test, Dharamsala, day four
Scorecard

Lokesh Rahul scored a composed fifty while Ajinkya Rahane smashed a blistering 38 as India completed a chase of 106 runs with eight wickets in hand in the fourth day of the final Test in Dharamsala to seal an eight wicket win and wrap up the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The result also meant India won 10 out of the 13 Tests in the home season with two games ending in a draw and one defeat which came in the first game of the series against Australia in Pune.

India came into bat on the fourth day, needing 87 more runs to win. With the accurate Josh Hazlewood (0-14) in operation, Murali Vijay (8) survived a couple of appeal for LBW in the first over.

Rahul (51 not out) kept going with three boundaries and at the other end, Vijay had another reprieve when Australia failed to appeal for a caught behind.

However, Pat Cummins (1-42) got his revenge when he had Vijay caught behind in his next over and four deliveries later Cheteshwar Pujara (0) was run out leaving India reeling at 46 for two.

Rahane (38 not out) started the innings positively with a couple of confident boundaries off Cummins and further attacked the fast bowler with two consecutive sixes in the 20th over to bring down the target under 25 runs.

India eventually completed the target in 23.5 overs with eight wickets in hand as Rahul completed yet another fifty in the series which was won by the home team 2-1. Jadeja bagged the player of the match and also the player of the series for his performances with both bat and the ball.

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