India clinched a 2-0 series victory over Australia with a 172 run win in the final Test in Nagpur on Monday.
Beginning the final day’s play on 13 without loss, Australia still needed a further 369 runs for victory. It was always going to require a monumental effort to salvage a draw yet alone a win on a deteriorating pitch.
Three early wickets in the first session put the Aussies firmly on the back foot, but there were still plenty of overs left in the day to try and save the series.
The responsibility rested solely on the shoulders of opener Matthew Hayden, who put on a 68 run partnership with Mike Hussey. But when Hussey fell for 19 and Hayden followed just four runs later the Test was all but over
The Australian tail provided little in the form of resistance as the wickets continued to fall and when Harbhajan Singh had Mitchell Johnson trapped LBW the series was sealed and the Indian fans went wild.
Harbhajan was the pick of the Indian bowlers finishing with figures of 4-64.
India were the better side all series long, while the Aussies struggled and have yet to identify any replacements for the likes of Langer, Warne and McGrath – positive signs for the Proteas ahead of the first Test in Australia on 17 December.
India first innings – 441 all out.
Sachin Tendulkar 109, Sourav Ganguly 85, Jason Krejza 8-215.
Australia first innings – 355 all out.
Simon Katich 102, Michael Hussey 90, Harbhajan Singh 3-94.
India second innings – 295 all out.
Virender Sehwag 92, MS Dhoni 55, Shane Watson 4-42.
Australia second innings – 209 all out.
Matthew Hayden 77, Harbhajan Singh 4-64.
India win by 172 runs.