India vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 3 Highlights: Australia beat India by nine wickets in third Test to qualify for World Test Championship final.
On a rank turner on Friday, Australia defeated India with a decisive nine-wicket victory to wrap up the third Test in just over two days and book their spot in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. The visitors lost Usman Khawaja (0) in the first over, and it was Travis Head (49) and Marnus Labuschagne (28) who led them over the finish line.
After being hammered inside three days in the first two matches of the Border-Gavaskar trophy, Australia needed just 76 runs to win when the hosts were bowled out for 163 in their second innings of the 3rd test match.
Experienced off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who claimed eight wickets in the Indian second innings on day two of the match at Holkar Stadium, was one of the main architects of the Australian victory.
India, who were dismissed for 109 in their first innings, performed well to restrict Australia to 197 runs, giving up an 88-run advantage. Nevertheless, in their second effort, the Indian batsmen similarly failed to put up a fight as Lyon threw a web around them and returned fantastic figures of 8-64.
India has triumphed in Nagpur and New Delhi to take a 2-1 series advantage.
India: 109 and 163
Australia: 197 and 78 for 1 in 18.5 overs (Travis Head 49 not out)
India 109 (Virat Kohli 22; Matthew Kuhnemann 5-16, Nathan Lyon 3-35) and 163 (Cheteshwar Pujara 59; Nathan Lyon 8-64) lost to Australia 197 (Usman Khawaja 60, Marnus Labuschagne 31; Ravindra Jadeja 4-63, R Ashwin 3-44, Umesh Yadav 3-12) and 78/1 (Travis Head 49*) by 9 wickets