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The Chennai Super Kings continued to climb up the IPL standings winning yet another low scoring contest as they triumphed over the disintegrating Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets in front of 70,000 boisterous fans at the Eden Gardens. The men in yellow survived a middle order hiccup as 'Sir' Ravindra Jadeja showed the world that IPL is not only about Gayle-storm, taking three crucial wickets before smashing a 14 ball 36 that was studded with three vicious sixes to seal it for the men in yellow.

This was the first time these two sides came face to face after the final of IPL 2012. Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir drew first blood by winning the toss and electing to bat first under overcast conditions. Asked what he would have done had the coin landed in his favor, Dhoni confessed he too would have batted first.

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India completed a clean sweep of the visiting Australians with a hard earned 6 wicket win in the final test in Delhi with 16 wickets falling on a thrilling third day. Australia wrapped up the Indian first innings early on Day 3 with the hosts taking only a 10 run lead. The Indian spinners responded by bowling out the Aussies for just 164 in their second innings with Peter Siddle once again giving the visitors' scorecard an air of respectability with his second half-century of the match. India though wrapped up the win in style late in the day with Cheteshwar Pujara guiding his side to victory with an excellent unbeaten 82 from just 92 balls.

There was an element of predictability about proceedings on Sunday morning as Nathan Lyon wasted little time running through the Indian tail, getting rid of both Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha for ducks to bring a swift end to India's first innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was left high and dry on 14 as India's innings ended for 272. Lyon was rewarded by notching up his career best figures of 7-94 and there was every indication that this test match may not go into a fourth day even.

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The fourth and final test between India and Australia in Delhi is tantalizingly poised with the hosts eking out a negligible 4 run lead at the end of Day 2 with 2 wickets still in hand. The Australian tail continued to wag this morning, and took their score to 262 before India got their turn with the bat. The Indian openers Murali Vijay (57) and Cheteshwar Pujara (52) both made half-centuries and posted a century stand before off-spinner Nathan Lyon spun the game Australia's way. Ravindra Jadeja's 43 late in the day helped India squeeze out a lead, but Lyon struck with the last ball of the day to take a 5-fer to keep the game very much in the balance.

India needed almost 40 minutes on Saturday morning to wrap up the Australian innings with Peter Siddle falling shortly after bringing up what was an excellent half-century, bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin having played down the wrong line. Ashwin picked up yet another 5-wicket haul, his 9th in India.

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India have won the Border - Gavaskar Trophy with a game to spare by beaten Australia by 6 wickets in a thrilling contest in Mohali which went all the way down to the wire. India appeared to be in the driver's seat early on day 5 as they reduced Australia to 143-8 in their second innings, but an excellent rearguard effort led by Mitchell Starc (35) enabled the visitors to occupy the crease for another 34 overs and give themselves a narrow shot of drawing the game. India were left with 133 runs to win in just over 2½ hours, and Australia pushed them all the way to the end, playing some terrific cricket upholding the spirit of the game and squeezing the run flow with some excellent bowling late in the game. However, 5 boundaries within the space of 7 balls took India to victory with 15 balls to spare.

India produced the perfect spinning effort on the final morning of the Mohali Test to give themselves every chance of winning the third test and with it taking the series. Resuming from their overnight score of 75-3, Australia struggled against India's trio of spinners in the morning session. Phil Hughes and Nathan Lyon kept India at bay for 7 overs before Pragyan Ojha got the better of the night-watchman, having him caught behind for 18.

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Half centuries from Ed Cowan (86), David Warner (71) and Steve Smith (58*) could not prevent India from taking the honours on the second day of the Mohali Test. India battled back after a 139-run stand for the opening wicket between Cowan and Warner to restrict Australia to 273-7 at the close of play. Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma were the pick of the bowlers for India taking 3 and 2 wickets respectively.

The rain that had prevented any play whatsoever on the opening day of the third test between India and Australia at Mohali was long gone as beautiful sunshine greeted the players as they made their way over to the PCA Stadium for an early start on Friday morning.

The flip of the coin went Australia's way for the third straight game and Skipper Michael Clarke once again opted to make fresh use of what looked like the flattest deck we've had all series. There were changes along expected lines for both sides as Australia brought in Brad Haddin, Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc, while India handed a test debut to Shikhar Dhawan, and quite surprisingly dropped Harbhajan Singh at his home ground in favour of left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha. Bhajji's selection ahead of Ojha in the opening test of the series was surprising, but now that the Turbanator was finally finding some form, his axing made little sense.

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cheteshwar pujara1Indian players have reaped the rewards for an innings and 135 runs win over Australia in the second Test in Hyderabad by making a charge on the latest Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released on Tuesday. The biggest gains have been made by batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who have achieved their career-best rankings in batting and bowling respectively.

Pujara, named player of the match for his double-century in the second Test, has jumped 12 places to a career-best 11th position, while Ashwin, who had match figures of six for 104, is now at a best-ever eighth spot, having jumped three positions.

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india celebrateIndia have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in their four match series with Australia, beating the hosts comprehensively by an innings and 135 runs in the second Test at Hyderabad with 5 sessions to spare. Australia came into Day 4 at 74-2, 192 runs behind India from their first innings, and suffered a dramatic collapse in the morning session, losing 8 wickets for just 57 runs with Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin doing the bulk of the damage.

India made the perfect start to the fourth day with MS Dhoni's decision to give the ball to Ishant Sharma first up instead of deploying spin at both ends paying rich dividends. The lanky pacer was able to extract a lot of reverse swing with the 30 over old ball. After beating Ed Cowan a couple of times, Ishant snared Shane Watson, caught down the leg side without adding to his overnight score of 9.

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