Australia Breezes To Third Test Victory

India's turbulent series continues with a demoralizing loss in the Third Test.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Australia completed another strong outing on day three to easily defeat India in the Third Test and claim the series 3-0.

Not needing to bat again, Australia dismissed India for a total of 171, with 37 runs and two days still in spare.

The bad news continues for India as they will be without Captain MS Dhoni for the final Test after the wicketkeeper was found guilty of his second slow over rate indiscretion within a year.

The new rule, introduced last year, states that if a side bowls at a slower than accepted rate the captain will automatically face a one match suspension. Dhoni incurred his first infraction against the West Indies in Barbados.

Tasmanian Ben Hilfenhaus had another impressive bowling effort, but his second innings figures (4-54) still were not enough for the swing bowler to nab man of match honours. Opener David Warner received that accolade for the 180 runs he smashed off just 159 bowls during days two and three.  

Hilfenhaus came out determined after the lunch break and put together a brilliant run, almost completing a hat-trick in the process. He took Vinay Kumar first, caught by Captain Michael Clarke at first slip. On the very next ball Zaheer Khan, the new batter in, was tricked into nudging a shot that fell again to Clarke and after Ishant Sharma was able to survive his first ball, Hilfenhaus played him into a shot that was caught easily by Ed Cowan at short-leg.

Peter Siddle claimed the last wicket of Virat Kohli, who put together a valiant 75 as the rest of the Indian batting order crumbled around him. Siddle finished with 4-43 while Mitchell Starc took two wickets and Ryan Harris took one.

The final Test is to be played in Adelaide and will commence on January 24th.

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