India secure historic Test series win after final day washed out

India secure historic Test series win after final day washed out

India now lead the four Test series 2-1 and only need a draw to clinch a first-ever series win Australia.

England were the last team to force Australia to follow-on at home in the drawn 1988 Sydney Test, a result the hosts are unlikely to repeat unless the weather intervenes decisively.

Australia, reeling from a record three-consecutive declarations this series, gave up their biggest first-innings deficit at the famed venue since 1936.

Prior to this Test, Kohli has enforced the follow-on in a Test five times in the past and has won four times and one Test ended in a draw.

Unfortunately for India, the light did not improve and no further play was possible in the evening session, allowing Australia's batsmen some respite in a series where it has been comprehensively outplayed by their counterparts.

Nathan Lyon faced just five balls before he was adjudged lbw to fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav for a duck, a decision Australia decided against reviewing despite a question mark over whether the ball would have hit the stumps.

Kohli appeared to have little hesitation in enforcing the follow-on as he seeks an emphatic 3-1 series win.

"It's been a hard-fought series and they deserve to take home the trophy".

India denied Australia any real possibility of a victory here by batting for almost two full days with Cheteshwar Pujara (193) and Rishabh Pant (159 not out) scoring hundreds.

Resuming the day at 236/6, Australia's lower-order failed.

Australia 300 in 104.5 overs (Marcus Harris 79, Labuschagne 38, Handscomb 37, Cummins 25, Starc 29*, Kuldeep Yadav 5/99, Jadeja 2/73, Mohammed Shami 2/58) and 6 for 0 in 4 overs trail India 622 for 7 d in 167.2 overs ( Pujara 193, Pant 159*, Ravindra Jadeja 81, Mayank Agarwal 77, Nathan Lyon 4/178, Josh Hazlewood 2/105) by 316 runs.

Veteran Shaun Marsh is under pressure to retain his place in the team after scoring only 183 runs at an average of 26 in the four Tests.

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