India dig in to secure draw against Australia

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Australia have secured a 2-0 series win against India but were only three wickets away from making it 3-0 as India managed to hold on for a draw.

After declaring overnight, the Aussies set their opponents 349 to win as some impressive batting on the third day gave them the chance of victory.

The tourists made a steady start before star of the first innings Lokesh Rahul gloved a Nathan Lyon delivery straight to David Warner. In came Rohit Sharma–more of an ODI batsman but has not disgraced himself in this series–who contributed 39 before Virat Kohli added 46 more.

Defiant stand

It was an impressive 76-run stand between the captain and Murali Vijay, who top scored with 80 before nudging a ball from Josh Hazlewood to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

India were looking good up until Kohli's dismissal when wickets began to tumble. Suresh Raina and Wriddhiman Saha, neither impressing this series, were both dismissed for ducks, whilst all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin could only manage one as the tourists collapsed from 201/3 to 217/7.

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Holding on

That meant that Australia needed four wickets from the last 12 overs to record their third victory. However, India's pair at the crease, Ajinkya Rahane (38*) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (20*) held on until the close of play to keep the score in the series to 2-0.

Steve Smith capped off a mesmeric series personally by being named Player of the Match and of the Series. He will no doubt be a key player in the shorter format of the game as attentions switch to the ODI Tri-Series and the World Cup, beginning February 14.

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