Indian Opener KL Rahul and skipper Ajinkya Rahane steered their country to an emphatic eight-wicket win in the fourth and final Test against Australia to secure a 2-1 series victory for the hosts at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamsala, in the foothills of the Himalayas. They both put on a whirlwind third-wicket partnership as India romped to an eight-wicket win over Australia in the fourth cricket test.
Wrapping up the win appeared just a formality for India when their openers walked out to bat needing 87 runs to win the series with all 10 second innings wickets intact. Rahul scored the winning run, completing his sixth fifty of the series in the process. Leading the side in the absence of injured regular skipper Virat Kohli, Rahane played with uncharacteristic aggression, hitting Cummins for back-to-back sixes at the HPCA Stadium which debuted as a Test venue with this match.
Australia had won the first test in Pune by 333 runs, while India won the second in Bengaluru by 75 runs. The 2-1 series victory means India, the world’s No 1 team, hold Test match honours over ever other nation. Australia won the first Test by 333 runs but lost the second, drew the third and lost in Dharamshala. The victory was India's seventh Test series win in a row, dating back to their triumph in Sri Lanka in August 2015.
It also marked the end of India's 13-Test home season, in which they won 10, drew two and had the lone loss to Australia in the series opener in Pune.