India win first ever Test series in Australia

By Sports Desk January 06, 2019

India claimed a first ever Test series win in Australia after day five of the fourth Test in Sydney was washed out on Monday.

Rain meant no play was possible on the final day, giving India a 2-1 series victory.

While a series win was not in doubt heading into Monday, the drawn Test confirmed India's first success in Australia as they retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Forced to follow on, the hosts were 6-0 at stumps on day four, still trailing by 316 runs in another Test dominated by India.

Cheteshwar Pujara (193) and Rishabh Pant (unbeaten 159) starred with the bat in the first innings for India, who posted 622-7.

Kuldeep Yadav (5-99) then impressed with the ball, but the weather ruined any possibility of a result.

Pujara was named the player of the series after making 521 runs at an average of 74.42.

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    Hathurusingha was concerned to see Sri Lanka bowl 12 front-foot no balls. 

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