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It was a disappointing day for India as the Rohit Sharma-led side lost by nine wickets against Australia in the third Test in Indore on Thursday. It took Australia just over an hour to secure victory with the Indian bowlers unable to take wickets in the first session. While Mohammad Siraj failed to take any wicket in the second season, he won hearts by handing over his energy drink to a fan while fielding at the boundary. In a video that is going viral on social media, he can be seen talking to the fan and handing over his drink to him.

There was no turning point in the tale here as Australia turned the tables on India on a track, confirming their place in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) with an emphatic nine-wicket win in the third Test.

Travis Head (49 not out) and Marnus Labuschagne (28 not out) saved Australia some anxious moments before taking home in 18.5 overs as the match was over in less than two days.

Wins in India are rare for visiting teams and it was no different for Australia, who registered their first win on Indian soil in six years.

For India, it was only their third defeat in the last 10 years and they will need to rework their plans ahead of the final Test starting March 9 in Ahmedabad.

The pitches have also come under sharp criticism in the series, but going by Rohit Sharma’s views on the subject, one can expect a fiery turner at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

India’s batsmen have been found wanting against the spin ball and Rohit will want them to step up their game and find a way to score runs.

The hosts could manage only 109 and 163 in their two innings here as the top-order let them down again.

Rohit said after the defeat, “On these kind of pitches you have to find a way to score runs and you have to find your way. We were disappointed with the bat in both the innings.”

Judging by the way Australia collapsed in the second innings in Nagpur and Delhi, “anything” was on the cards on Friday morning.

Chasing 76, Australia were favorites but R Ashwin raised hopes of a miracle when he dismissed Usman Khawaja on the second ball of the day.

The ball turned sharply and went to the wicketkeeper on the way. The wicket increased the nervousness in the Australian dressing room.

Labuschagne eased some of those nerves by square cutting Ravindra Jadeja for his first boundary of the day.

Labuschagne and Head, who are known for their aggressive approach, were both looking to defend in the first 10 overs in which Australia were 13 for one.

However, the momentum shifted decisively in Australia’s favor after the change of ball after the 10th over.

Ashwin was not happy even after changing the ball and it reflected in his bowling. Head hit the star Indian spinner for a four and a six over mid-on in the 11th over as the premier spinner was guilty of bowling too much.

Head attacked Jadeja in the next over, hitting a direct hit over the bowler’s head, and this also gave confidence to Labuschagne, who went for a sweep in the same over to take the score to 35 for one in 12 overs.

After that, there was no looking back for the Australian pair who had gained enough confidence in their shots.

Labuschagne scored the winning runs, a four over mid-wicket to complete a memorable victory.

(With PTI inputs)

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