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Last Updated: Friday, 29 October, 2004, 11:00 GMT 12:00 UK
Aussies seal historic series win
Third Test, Nagpur, day four:
Australia 329-5d & 398 beat India 185 & 200 by 342 runs

Australia win four-Test series 2-0
Jason Gillespie

Australia sauntered to their first series win in India for 35 years with a crushing 342-run win on day four of the third Test in Nagpur.

Set 543 to win after the visitors had declared their second innings on 329-5, India were dismissed for just 200.

Jason Gillespie claimed 4-24 to return personal-best match figures of 9-80.

Australia bludgeoned India's attack in the morning, with Damien Martyn falling three short of a second match ton and Michael Clarke stroking a superb 73.

The triumph, gained in paceman Glenn McGrath's 100th Test, awards Australia the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and lays to rest the bitter memories of their dramatic defeat in India three years ago.

Following victory in the first Test in Bangalore, Australia's series win was secured with one match still to play, starting on 3 November in Mumbai (Bombay).

Martyn and Clarke, using cavalier, aggressive strokeplay, put on 148 for the fourth wicket, and 117 in 22.3 overs following the resumption of play.

Damien Martyn
Martyn was again superb and deserved another century

Boundaries flowed from both blades either side of the wicket, and the first sniff India had of a breakthrough they squandered when Virender Sehwag dropped Martyn, 85 at the time, at backward point.

The batsmen took a single and Agarkar, the bowler Sehwag let down, was promptly hit for 14 runs by Clarke off the next three balls.

Clarke's audacious innings came to an end when Mohammad Kaif pocketed a good catch low-down at mid-wicket, but with Martyn in the 90s Gilchrist delayed the declaration and joined him in the middle.

Martyn was one shot away from becoming the second Australian after Sir Don Bradman to score two centuries in a match against India, but it was not to be.

The West Aussie, who has enjoyed a wonderful series with the bat, discarded his gloves in disgust as he walked off the ground after edging Zaheer Khan behind to induce the declaration.

VVS Laxman departs
Laxman was not alone among a misfiring Indian top-order

India's top-order batted like men with nothing to fight for as they set out after what was a notional target.

The top-order dropped like flies, and even Virender Sehwag needed a Justin Langer drop on nought to launch an entertaining resistance which yielded 58 runs.

India were 9-2 in the blink of an eye after lunch with Gillespie bowling both Aakash Chopra and skipper Rahul Dravid to complete a miserable match for the duo.

Any hopes the crowd had of Sachin Tendulkar pulling a rabbit out of the hat - and they audibly had many - were swiftly vanquished when he edged to gully to become McGrath's 450th Test victim.

The hosts were given no respite upon the introduction of Michael Kasprowicz, who accounted for VVS Laxman first ball and Kaif next over (both to catches), to reduce India to 37-5.

Sehwag and Parthiv Patel ensured India's lowest scores would not be rewritten with a 65-run stand, and the former gave McGrath plenty to ponder with an array of thumping boundaries en route to an eighth Test fifty.

It was left to Shane Warne, bowling around the wicket, to remove the opener, who moved inside the line and picked out Clarke at extra cover.

Gillespie returned to reduce India to 122-8 with the scalps of the obstinate Patel, caught behind for 32, and Anil Kumble, bowled for two.

Murali Kartik looked unlucky to be given out caught behind to McGrath, but with only one wicket needed Zaheer Khan put Australia's celebrations on ice with two sixes off Warne.

Zaheer put on 52 with Agit Agarkar for the last wicket, but the fun and games were over when he smashed Warne into the sure hands of Martyn at deep mid-wicket.

Emotional scenes followed, with skipper Adam Gilchrist reduced to tears and the rest of the team embracing each other.

India: A Chopra, V Sehwag, R Dravid (Capt), S R Tendulkar V V S Laxman, M Kaif, P A Patel (Wkt), A B Agarkar, A Kumble M Kartik, Z Khan.

Australia: M L Hayden, J L Langer, S M Katich, D R Martyn D S Lehmann, M J Clarke, A C Gilchrist (Capt, Wkt), S K Warne M S Kasprowicz, J N Gillespie, G D McGrath.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, D R Shepherd.

Report: Jim Maxwell reports for the BBC


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